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Science Behind Nutrient-Rich Pumpkin Seeds Boosting Immunity Improving Heart Health #IndiaNEWS #Food
The tiny seeds of pumpkin are often thrown away, but did you know that these seeds are loaded with nutrients? A common ingredient in Mexican cuisines and also a nutritious snack, I was surprised to discover these seeds for the first time, in my health mix.



Though fresh pumpkin seeds look white in colour, the ones we get in the stores are green. This is because the shell of the seeds is removed to get the green-coloured inner kernel. It is also the presence of the protochlorophyll pigment that contributes to the green colour of the seeds.



Popularly known as ‘pepitas’ in America, these oval-shaped, flat seeds have a sweet and mild flavour and taste better when roasted. They can be consumed either plain or flavoured with herbs or spices making a delicious snack.



Science says these healthy edible seeds are packed with several valuable nutrients. They are a rich source of protein and fibre and contain minerals and vitamins like magnesium, manganese, zinc, phosphorus, iron, vitamin K, vitamin E and so on.



Therefore, including this powerhouse ingredient in your healthy and balanced diet plan can be very beneficial for your overall health.



Here are some of the major health benefits of pumpkin seeds backed by science:



1. Helps in boosting immunity:



Pumpkin seeds are rich in several antioxidants that help in boosting immunity. The presence of vitamin E helps in maintaining healthy blood vessels along with strengthening the immune system. The zinc content in the seeds adds to the health of the immune system by fighting bacteria and viruses.



2. Promotes heart health



These seeds are also a good source of unsaturated fats like alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which lowers the risk of several heart diseases. There are studies that point out, that consuming pumpkin seeds as part of a balanced diet can help in maintaining a healthy heart by preventing cardiovascular diseases.



Besides, antioxidants like magnesium help in lowering cholesterol levels. These seeds also increase nitric oxide levels in the body which in turn aids in expanding blood vessels and improving the blood flow, reducing the risk of heart problems.



Pumpkin seeds can be consumed either plain or as a flavoured snack.


3. Helps control blood sugar levels



High in magnesium, these tiny seeds can help in regulating blood sugar levels and lowers the risk of diabetes. There are studies that highlight the possible effect of pumpkin seeds on people with diabetes, helping them to manage their blood sugar levels and reducing their complications.



4. Improves bladder and prostate health



There are studies that say oil from pumpkin seeds could help treat or prevent several urinary diseases.


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