Pumpkin seeds, fondly called ‘pepitas’, are one of nature’s many nutrient powerhouses. This versatile seed goes well on anything, adding a delightful chewy texture when eaten raw, or giving a much-needed crunch to any recipe. Chock full of beautifying and immune boosting nutrients, here are 4 unique things you might not know about pumpkin seeds that will make you want to grab a handful.
1. Mineral Rich
Pumpkin seeds benefits men and women who need to up their mineral intake.
To feel balanced and at ease amidst a stressful lifestyle, carry around some pumpkin seeds due to their high content of stress-busting and muscle relaxing magnesium. Snacking on them throughout the day can help you feel calmer and more resilient to stress.
Paired with magnesium, pumpkin seeds also have inflammation busting and immune boosting zinc. This is why pumpkin seeds benefits sperm and are recommended for males because zinc is important for prostate health, while it protects both males and females from disease and inflammation. Ever wonder why zinc is suggested for people with acne? It’s because it’s anti inflammatory properties helps to heal and prevent acne.
2. Pumpkin Seed Butter
When wondering how to eat pumpkin seeds, sprinkling them on salads or soups is a good place to start. But did you know that you can make pumpkin seed butter?
Although peanut butter initially comes to mind when we think of alternative ‘butters’ to spread on our toast, seed butters, especially pumpkin seed butter adds more variety to your kitchen. Obtain that much more flavor and nutrients in your healthy pantry arsenal by simply blending either raw, sprouted or toasted pumpkin seeds in a blender or food processor. Bonus points that blending will bring out pumpkin seeds oil (great for gorgeous hair and skin!). This will result in a delicious seed butter that goes well topped on toast and oatmeal or used as a dip for fruit snacks such as dates and banana chips.
3. Plant based omega 3 fatty acids
For vegans, getting a good dose of omega 3’s can be a bit challenging when omega 3- rich foods, such as seafood, is out of the question. However, pumpkin seeds are rich in plant based omega-3 fatty acids suitable for vegans and non- vegans alike. Omega 3 fatty acids are great for a wide spectrum of health benefits such as promoting healthier and shinier hair, lowering LDL cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and upping memory and overall brain function.
4. Improves sleep quality
Getting good quality sleep is essential for everyone’s health. Chronically poor sleeping patterns are closely linked to inflammation, weight gain and even accelerated aging. In a world full of stimuli, it makes it hard to sleep, let alone achieve deep restful sleep. This is where pumpkin seeds can help as these little wonders contain tryptophan, an amino acid helps to promote sleep and improve its overall quality. Try having pumpkin seeds before bed to sleep more soundly.
Improve your mineral levels, omega fats, sleep and even pantry variety with the humble yet nutrient dense pumpkin seeds!
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Bob's Red Mill Pumpkin Seeds
BRM™ brings nutrition to your table with more than just whole grains! Pumpkin Seeds, also known as pepitas, are fresh, flavorful and terrifically crunchy. We leave them untoasted and unsalted, so you can prepare them just the way you like.