November 12, 2018
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Pumpkins are one of the most common winter squashes. Personally I am a huge fan and enjoy pumpkin in just about everything while some people are quick to turn their heads.
Pumpkins are viewed as a vegetable, but they are scientifically a fruit, since it has seeds. Beyond its delicious taste, pumpkins are nutritious and linked to many health benefits.
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*-- Why You Should Eat More Pumpkins! --*
They Help Hypertension
Did you know that the more orange a pumpkin is, the more potassium it has in it? Potassium is huge for lowering blood pressure. Unsalted pumpkin seeds are also crammed with minerals that raise HDL cholesterol levels. But don't worry...this is the "good cholesterol" and it helps keep blood pressure numbers down, too!
Help Your Heart
When you have a high fiber intake, your chances of heart disease decreases. Pumpkins are loaded with fiber! But it isn’t just the fiber that takes care of your heart: The vitamin A and potassium you get when you add pumpkin to your diet also play a part in heart health.
Beta Carotene Boost
Pumpkins are rich in beta carotene just like their orange cousins, the carrot and sweet potato. Beta carotene is a red/orange pigment found in many fresh fruits and vegetables changes this antioxidant to vitamin A. You need vitamin A to see, ward off germs, and for your reproductive system to work the way it should. It also helps your heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs stay healthy.
Boost Your Immunity
In addition to beta carotene, pumpkins offer vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, and folate which are all very important for your immune system. More pumpkin in your diet can help your immune cells work better to ward off germs and speed healing when you get a wound.
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