Every year we go running to the stores to find ourselves anything pumpkin related we can get our hands on. Pumpkins don’t only decorate our porches but they also fill our plates, and it’s good they do, since pumpkin contains a lot of health benefits. So, let’s find out why you need to find reasons to eat pumpkin all season long.
Health Benefit #1 : Enough vitamin A for the entire day
Just one cup of pumpkin gives you enough vitamin A for two days! What is Vitamin A good for, you ask?
It keeps your eyesight healthy, especially in dim lighting. Aside from it’s main job of providing healthy eyesight, Vitamin A is also good for your skin and bones.
Health Benefit #2: They are filled with fiber
Fiber helps keep you satisfied, and can therefore help you control your appetite. Fiber also helps with healthy digestion and elimination. Eating fiber on a regular basis is also great for keeping your heart strong and healthy, so enjoy those pumpkins all you can this season.
Health Benefit #3 : Full of potassium
You might know that bananas are known for their high amounts of potassium, but pumpkins contain even more potassium than bananas do.
Potassium is great to consume after a work-out as it restores the body’s balance and keeps your muscles functioning smoothly. It’s also able to reduce cramps and boost your metabolism.
Health Benefit #4 : You won’t have any trouble sleeping
Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid that assists in making you sleep like a baby. It also helps produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that’s responsible for making us feel happy and relaxed.
So not only will enjoying pumpkin & pumpkin seeds help you sleep great, it can also boost your mood!
Health Benefit #5 : Keeps your immune system strong
We’ve all heard of vitamin C and the magic it can do when you’re feeling under the weather. Pumpkin provides a nice dose of Vitamin C, among its other health benefits, so keep finding ways to add pumpkin to your meals to keep your immune system strong.
If you are now hungry for all things pumpkin then come and watch me on Facebook Live 12pm Tuesday (16th October) where I will be making some Pumpkin Protein Balls & Pumpkin Overnight Oats to help satisfy those taste buds.