Pumpkins grow in various regions throughout the world. In the United States, the most common pumpkin belongs to the genus Cucurbita pepo, the cucurbit family of vine plants. Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California grew 1.1 billion lb. of pumpkins in 2008, according to the University of Illinois. The state of Illinois produced 90 to 95 percent of this total.
Protein, Calories, Fiber
Raw pumpkin seeds have protein and fiber. A 1-oz. serving provides 158 calories, with 8.57 g of protein and 1.7 g of fiber. It also contains 3.04 g of carbohydrates, according to the U.S.D.A
MineralsThe minerals contained in pumpkins seeds include both major and trace minerals. A 1 oz. serving of pumpkin seeds has 350 mg of phosphorus, 229 mg of potassium and 168 mg of magnesium. It also provides 13 mg of calcium, 2.5 mg of iron, 2.2 mg of zinc and 2 mg of sodium, along with trace amounts of copper, manganese and selenium.
The primary vitamins in pumpkin seeds are vitamin A, at 5 IUs and niacin at 1.4 mg, per 1-oz. serving. In addition, pumpkin seeds contain beta carotene, an antioxidant that helps to fight signs of aging and protects you from free radicals — damaging unmatched molecules that result from normal cellular processes. Pumpkin seeds also contain vitamin E, vitamin K and trace amounts of folate.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of the omega-3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid. Your body can convert this essential fatty acid into DHA and EPA, fatty acids that contribute to heart health, decreased cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
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Native American were among the first to notice the health benefits of pumpkin seeds. They referred to them as cucurbita and used them to treat kidney problems and to eliminate parasites from the intestines.
- The high zinc level in pumpkin seeds is good for the prostate. The high zinc level is also good for the bones and protecting against osteoporosis.
- The essential fatty acids in pumpkin seeds can kill parasites and provide many other benefits. Parasites and worms are paralyzed with pumpkin seeds.
- The high protein load can provide an excellent source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.
- The fiber content helps the digestive system
- Pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan, which helps keep depression at bay.
- Pumpkin seeds can help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol. The seeds have phytosterols, a compound that not only helps lower cholesterol but helps protect against certain cancers.
- Pumpkin seeds help with urinary health.