A complete (and awesome) protein.
What is it?
Pumpkin seeds—also known as pepitas—are flat, dark green seeds. They are often roasted after being separated from the body of the pumpkin gourd itself.
Why is it a superfood?
Pumpkin seeds are a special source of hard-to-find minerals like zinc, magnesium and are uniquely packed with antioxidant nutrients, while many other foods have antioxidants it’s the diversity of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds that makes them unique in their health benefits and qualify as a superfood.
What are the other health benefits?
Pumpkin seeds are a source of the mineral zinc, and the World Health Organization recommends their consumption as a good way of obtaining this nutrient. Whole roasted, pumpkin seeds contain about 10 milligrams of zinc per 3.5 ounces.
One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains almost half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium. This important mineral has been shown to benefit your blood pressure and prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke. It’s been estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this important mineral. Pumpkin seeds are also one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3s (alpha-linolenic acid or ALA). Research suggests that both pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds may also be particularly beneficial in supporting prostate health.
Pumpkin seed oil is known be to a rich source of natural phytoestrogen. Studies suggest it may lead to a significant increase in good “HDL” cholesterol along with decreases in blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women. Pumpkin seeds, rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, may provide benefits for heart and liver health, particularly when mixed with flax seeds. Pumpkin seed oil has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects.