The Health Benefits Of Pumpkins

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!

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11 thoughts on “The Health Benefits Of Pumpkins

  1. keerthikasingaravel July 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Renard any delicious recipes from Trinidad and Tobago?
    I confess I don’t know one.

    • Renard Moreau July 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm Reply

      [ Smiles ] Oh, there are many. However, I am not a recipe creator.

      If you wish, you can make a Google search pertaining to that.

      • keerthikasingaravel July 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

        Can you name a dish I can google a recipe for?

      • Renard Moreau July 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

        [ Raised Eyebrow ] Okay. Just type in, “Pumpkin cooked Caribbean style.” Something should pop up.

      • keerthikasingaravel July 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        Right.
        How do you eat yours?And the seeds?
        I believe the flowers are edible too.Its eaten fried in chick pea batter.Guess that destroys all the health benefits.

      • Renard Moreau July 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        [ Smiles ] There are times when I would eat it raw and then there are other times when I would it cooked.

        I haven’t eaten pumpkin seeds in many years.

      • keerthikasingaravel July 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        Maybe you hit the nail on the head,I should let them ripen and try them as fruit.I have always tried to use them as a vegetable and while that works with the white ones,nothing masks the sweetness of the orange ones.
        The seeds are eaten raw or do I need to boil or roast them?

      • Renard Moreau July 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm

        [ Smiles ] Raw is always better; you get the full nutritional benefits.

      • keerthikasingaravel July 25, 2012 at 1:34 am

        True

      • Renard Moreau July 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        [ Smiles ] Affirmative!

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