Why Eat Pumpkin Seeds?
Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, iron, and zinc, and they’re one of the best sources of magnesium, a mineral that helps stabilize blood pressure, build bone strength, and even reduce stress.
Pumpkin seeds have relatively high amounts of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is the amino acid the body uses to make the feel-good and relaxation neurotransmitter serotonin. Pumpkin seeds also contain high amounts of zinc, which can help the brain convert tryptophan into serotonin. Serotonin levels are typically low in people who cannot stay asleep and wake throughout the night.
Pumpkin seeds have one of the highest contents of phytosterols of any seeds or nuts regularly eaten as a food. At around 260 mg per 100 grams, only pistachio nuts and sunflower seeds are higher. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition that looked at eighty-four separate trials on plant phytosterols and cholesterol levels showed that intake of a little over two grams of phytosterols per day lowered cholesterol levels around eight percent.
At least two research studies have shown eating pumpkin seeds regularly could help prevent the most common type of kidney stones – calcium oxalate stones. Pumpkin seeds have compounds that appear to both reduce the levels of substances that create kidney stones whilst at the same time increasing compounds that inhibit kidney stone formation. 5 to 10 grams daily has been suggested as having a beneficial effect on kidney stone prevention and regular consumption would be important.
The zinc in pumpkin seeds helps protect skin cells membranes and maintain the connective collagen. Good levels of zinc in our diet also helps promote skin cell renewal, leading to younger, fresher looking skin.
Ingredients: Organic Pumpkin Seeds (Hulled)