The Health Benefits Of Pumpkins

by Renard Moreau

Pumpkin is one of the regularly eaten vegetables in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Luckily for us, it is available throughout the year.

The high levels of carotenoids that are within the pumpkin is a contributing factor to its orange colour. The carotenoids plays the important role of preventing premature aging and starving off the free radicals in the human body.

Both pulp and seeds are rich in vitamin A; this helps to boost the immune system and it promotes healthy eyesight.

The vitamin C content in the pumpkin helps us to maintain a healthy immune system. It also promotes the production of collagen. Vitamin C is also known to ward off various forms of cancer.

Magnesium, which is found in pumpkins, does its part to maintain healthy bones and teeth.

The Zinc and Potassium content in pumpkins are known to help in the maintenance of a person’s cardiovascular health; these important minerals, fights off hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

The flesh of the pumpkin contains a compound called: L-tryptophan; this triggers the feeling of well-being and happiness in people (This qualifies it as a good mood food).

Pumpkin is also a great source of fibre. Fibre is known to assist in the lowering of bad cholesterol.

The regular consumption of pumpkin promotes beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

Pumpkin in general is great for us; make full use of it!