Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween decorations or pie filling! They are packed with nutrition and offer a wide range of health benefits. We need all the nutrition in our foods we can get when dealing with thyroid problems. Pumpkins are superfoods, with nutrition all through the pulp and the seeds.
Go online and and search “pumpkin recipes” and “pumpkin seed recipes” and start cooking! Just make sure to adjust recipes to thyroid dietary needs. FYI: Fresh is best of course, but canned pumpkin is as good as fresh.
So, let’s look at the great nutrition in beautiful autumn PUMPKINS!!!!
High Carotenoids Content: Pumpkins are bright orange because of the high amount of carotenoids in them. Carotenoids help to stave off the free radicals in your body: help in preventing premature aging, cardiovascular diseases and other infections.
They are also high in Lutein & Zeaxanthin: protection for the eyes against free radical damage and prevent formation of cataracts and degeneration of the eye tissues.
Protein: Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of protein. 1 oz. of pumpkin seeds contains approx. 7 grams of protein. Their oil is high in phytosterols or plant-based fatty acids and their chemical composition is the same as cholesterol. Phytosterols can replace cholesterol in the body, and help in reducing the blood cholesterol levels.
Essential Fatty Acids: Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of essential fatty acids, important for thyroid health.
Essential Fatty Acids protect against serious health diseases such as high blood pressure, arthritis and cancer to promoting healthy skin and improving brain power.
Vitamin A: Rich in Vitamin A, a regular consumption of pumpkin (both seeds and pulp) can promote the health of your eyes and boost your immune system. (Who knew!)
Vitamin C: Another fighter of free radicals, it improves immunity, promotes the production of collagen and also offers protection against various forms of cancer.
Magnesium: You get double assistance here. Both the pulp and seeds of pumpkin are rich in magnesium, an important mineral required for various biological functions, plus required for the maintenance bones and teeth.
Potassium & Zinc: Loaded with Potassium and Zinc; studies show that eating a potassium-rich diet can prevent onset of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. Zinc: important for providing bone density support for people at risk for osteoporosis. Plus Zinc boosts the immune system and promotes reproductive health.
Fiber: We need fiber with thyroid problems! Pumpkin flesh is rich in extremely good dietary fiber, which is extremely effective for treating gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation, indigestion, etc.
QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING PUMPKIN FLESH AND SEEDS
Pumpkins help heal and treat (from the inside out):
- Can lower the risk of Prostate Cancer
- Anti-Inflammatory Effect: Protect against joint inflammation and arthritis.
- Skin Health: The high amount of Vitamins make it a great choice for healthy and glowing skin.
- Prevents Kidney Stones: Eat 5 to 10 grams of pumpkin seeds every day to stimulate the kidneys and prevents the formation of calcium oxalate stones.
- Depression: Contains L-tryptophan, a chemical compound that triggers feelings of well-being and happiness.
- Treatment of Parasites and tapeworms (Chinese use).
- Diuretics: Pumpkins are natural diuretics, flushing out the toxins and unwanted waste material from the body.