It’s that time of year. I have already started decorating with pumpkins and stocking up on canned pumpkin.
I am a member of Natural Cures, a site that you have to pay a fee to access. After reading today’s article, I figured that most people are like me and have either forgotten or don’t realize how beneficial pumpkins can be to their health and their beauty. So I decided to post it for you.
That being said, I don’t ever see myself smearing pumpkin on my skin (just seems too messy for my liking) but I will be more diligent about keeping pumpkin in my diet long past Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Pumpkins – The Trick is to Treat Yourself to this Natural Cure!
Pumpkins are in abundance at this time of year – and not just as Jack O’ Lanterns, making the front porch look pretty to celebrate Halloween in a couple of weeks’ time.
These beautiful looking fruits are called gourds and belong to the squash family of plants, native to North America.
Their wonderful, rich orange colour is enough to make us feel better and of course, their flesh makes a delicious pumpkin pie – a favourite of the Thanksgiving holiday. But what about their health benefits? Well, they are immense, and here at NaturalCures, we’ve put together a list of reasons why you should tuck in.
A dieter’s dream
Worried about your waistline? There’s no need to be because pumpkin can be eaten guilt-free because it’s proven to be a weight-loss aid. In a one-cup serving, there are just 49 calories and what’s more it keeps you feeling fuller longer, so there’s no temptation to snack.
See in the dark
Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene which the body converts to Vitamin A – responsible for repairing damage done by free radicals in the body and essential for aiding the immune system. One cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 per cent of your recommended, daily intake of Vitamin A, which also keeps your vision in tip top order (especially in dim light.) That’s why pumpkin is endorsed by the National Institue of Health.
Improved men’s health
A recent study in Hungary revealed that pumpkin seed oil extract can help men who suffer from an enlarged prostate because it strengthens the flow of urine and it helps to reduce the need of frequent night time urination.
Pumpkin seeds can also promote a healthy heart, due to their ability to reduce bad cholesterol. They contain high doses of Vitamins B5, C and E, as well as magnesium and calcium. Vitamin B5 can help the body cope with stress and can balance hormone levels while C can fight off colds and viral infections and E can help with improving skin and has been shown to help in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.
Pumpkin seeds are also rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which many believe is responsible for that post-Thanksgiving dinner snooze!
Pumpkins are a rich source of anti-oxidants known to protect against cancer, as well as anti-aging properties. The potassium they contain can boost our energy – try pumpkin as a post work-out pick-me-up.
Ever wondered why Harry Potter and his pals at Hogwarts favour pumpkin juice? Perhaps it’s because of its ability to fight insomina! It also can tackle high acitidty levels in the body which will keep ulcers at bay.
You don’t even have to consume pumpkin to reap the benefits. Applied topically, it can soften the skin, as well as treat burns and abscesses, and it comes in handy for painful insect bites and stings. It’s obvious that health benefits of pumpkins are invaluable. Isn’t it time you hit that pumpkin patch?