Whenever we eat pumpkins, we eat the fleshy part, but always throw out the seeds. This, as it turns out, is a big mistake. According to recent studies, pumpkin seeds contain a variety of healthy nutrients and can even kill cancer cells! Here’s why you should save the seeds instead of throwing them away:
Rich in magnesium
Magnesium is an important mineral that plays a role in over 300 metabolic processes in the body, and pumpkin seeds have it in abundance. Most of us are magnesium deficient, which is a big problem that can have serious consequences on our health. Eat ½ a cup of pumpkin seeds a day to boost the levels of magnesium in your body and prevent a variety of problems.
Regulate your testosterone levels
Pumpkin seeds contain vitamins B, C, D and E that can improve your sex drive and make you more potent. They are also rich in zinc, another important mineral that will keep you going in bed by giving your testosterone levels a boost.
Treat hot flashes during menopause
Hot flashes can be a real challenge to put under control, but luckily pumpkin seeds contain a high amount of tryptophan which will improve your mood and prevent further problems.
Treat insomnia and other sleeping disorders
The rich tryptophan content of pumpkin seeds can also help you sleep better and treat insomnia. Eat a handful of pumpkin seeds prior to going to bed to regulate your sleeping pattern and defeat this unpleasant disorder.
Kill cancer cells
There are many studies which have confirmed pumpkin seeds’ anti-cancer effects. This is mostly due to their high cucurbitan content, powerful compounds that can fight and prevent different types of cancer.
Besides the aforementioned compounds, pumpkin seeds also contain antioxidants and vitamin E which can fight free radicals in the blood that are often responsible for the development of cancer. The seed can also prevent diabetes and fight bacteria. Some studies even suggest that pumpkin seeds can fight Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia due to the high amount of zinc, phytosterols and lignans, although this is a subject of debate at the moment.