Pumpkins are everywhere right now, so let’s take advantage of them!
Like it or not, pumpkin season is upon us. Pumpkin recipes know no boundaries – breads, teas, coffees, lattes, chai, cake, pie, candles, and the list goes on and on and on.
I just don’t get the fascination. What’s wrong with apple season? Or blueberry season? They get such a bad rap!
Now don’t get me wrong. I LOVE a good clean pumpkin pie, very simple, using plain pumpkin puree with the spices *I* add, not that someone else has canned for me. And if I’m around a well-made pumpkin bread, that’s really pretty darn good.
But all the rest? Well, I guess that just leaves more for you guys!
However – pumpkin SEEDS are actually REALLY good for you! The benefits to your hair, skin, and immune system are many. How many? Let’s see:
- They are full of Vitamins E which is a strong anti-oxidant
- They contain nice amounts of magnesium, which is good for muscle health and your brain – pumpkin seeds have been called “brain food”
- The Vitamin A content is important for generating new skin cells
- The Omega 3 EFAs help you produce healthy oils on your scalp, which are important for healthy hair
- There is information that strongly suggests pumpkin seeds reduce the risk of prostate cancer and improve bladder function
- They contain phytosterols, which are known to help reduce cholesterol levels
- L-tryptophan is there. You know, that stuff in turkey which makes us all comatose after a nice Thanksgiving meal? Pumpkin seeds. The bonus is this can also help decrease problems with depression. So now you can be sleep AND happy!
- A good zinc profile helps your bones
- They MAY help reduce hair thinning.
- The zinc also, along with the selenium content, helps protect your skin against the elements
- It’s Vitamin A content (all these nice orange veggies have loads of Vitamin A) is wonderful for skin health. You’ve undoubtedly seen advertisements for skin care products containing retinol – that’s a the animal source of Vitamin A (the plant source is the carotenoids, like beta carotene)
So there you have it. Love your pumpkins. Use the flesh, scoop out the seeds, clean them, lightly coat them in olive oil, sprinkle with a little salt, and roast them. Oh man, I think I need to go get a pumpkin or 2, since I didn’t grow any this year.