Pumpkin seeds have many healthy ingredients, which means regular consumption can counteract various diseases. In addition, individual ingredients can be used specifically for medical purposes.
Pumpkin has not only played a role in human nutrition for thousands of years, but has also been used in traditional medicine to treat various diseases, researchers report in a study on the health benefits of pumpkins. For example, pumpkin has anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.
How healthy are pumpkin seeds?
But pumpkin seeds can also have health benefits. They also contain many healthy ingredients and are rich in B vitamins and vitamin E, for example. They also contain healthy proteins, minerals, trace elements, unsaturated fatty acids, phytoestrogens and fiber.
According to a recent study, the phytoestrogens, unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E found in pumpkin seeds in particular support the medical, nutritional and cosmetic use of pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin seeds protect against free radicals
Another research study reports that the peel, pulp and also the seeds of the pumpkin contain active ingredients that act as effective antioxidants and antimicrobial agents. Antioxidants are known to protect the body from free radical damage.
Beneficial for the skin
The vitamin E contained in pumpkin seeds is also beneficial for skin health as it plays a role in building keratin. The kernels also contain zinc, which reduces the production of sebum. The unsaturated fatty acids it contains also contribute to the regeneration of the skin.
Pumpkin seed oil is therefore suitable for cosmetic products but also as a remedy for skin problems such as skin inflammation and acne.
Pumpkin seed oil lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
Pumpkin seed oil contains high concentrations of selenium and vitamin E in the seeds. According to the studies, it not only has an antioxidant effect, but also inhibits inflammation and lowers cholesterol levels. Pumpkin seed oil can also lower blood pressure and dilate blood vessels.
Use all parts of pumpkins
Overall, according to the study results, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil can make a significant contribution to a healthy diet, but can also be used to isolate organic active ingredients and use them as therapeutic agents in the food and pharmaceutical industries. (fp)