What is Pumpkin Seed?
The pumpkin is a type of gourd harvested in October, which is believed to have originated in the ancient Americas. The oldest pumpkin seeds were found in Mexico and dated back to about 7000 BC. Native Americans used every part of this superfood – the shell, sweet flesh and the small, nutritious seeds contained within them. Pumpkins were part of the deeply important “Three Sisters” crops – corn, beans, and squash – to be dried, eaten as food, and used as medicine. It is said that Christopher Columbus brought pumpkin seeds back to Europe in the late 15th century.
Benefits of Pumpkin Seed
Pumpkin seeds are absolutely full of rest-inducing tryptophan, heart-healthy magnesium, zinc for immune support and protein for energy. They are also rich in iron, potassium, vitamin B, essential minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. Pumpkins are also attributed to having several other benefits: for postmenopausal women, anti-inflammatory properties, anti-diabetic effects and benefits for the health of the heart, liver and prostate.
- Aides in soothing negative effects of menopause
- Displays anti-inflammatory effects
- Displays anti-diabetic effects
- Supports heart, liver and prostate health