I was just chowing down on my breakfast of ginger tea and cereal (sugar free, wheat free, gluten free puffs – incase you are wondering) which I have ladended with a few Goji Berries, Sunflower Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds. I got to thinking what makes this flat, green, edible seed from a pumpkin so good for me?
I must eat a lot of Pumpkin seeds; toasted, roasted, in cereal, in salads, straight from the pack, over soya yoghurt – lets hope they don’t start sprouting.
So what goodness does a pumpkin seeds contain?
The pumpkin seed sits on halloed ground alongside other described “Super Foods”, with a rich source of protein, zinc, and other vitamins – the pumpkin seed is even said to lower cholesterol:
- Zinc is needed for the formation of protein and great for male and female general fertility
- Iron is essential for the generation of new blood cells
- Good source of magnesium, manganese,phosphorus and phytosterols, which can benefit the liver and can increase immune response (the darker green a Pumpkin Seed shows a sign of higher magnesium content).
- Contain a good amount of vitamin K – great for bone health and blood clotting
- Source of omega 3 and 6 essential fats for hormone balance, brain power, great skin and great for pregnant women.
- Contain beta-sitosterol – said to lower cholesterol, anti-fungal, boost immunity and have anti cancer effects.
- Contains amino acid tryptophan known to have anti-depressant properties, so a few Pumpkin seeds a day can even help your mood
So it seems these little seeds of goodness are serious packed with nutrients I am going to make sure I include even more Pumpkin Seeds in my daily diet.