Health Benefits of Pumpkins
Pumpkin season is here and with Halloween just right around the corner, many of you may have probably already visited the local pumpkin patches sprouted around town and picked out the perfect pumpkin. After you carve it and are left with all the gooey pumpkin insides, don’t just toss it! Pumpkins are packed with health benefits for your body and skin! Here are few of the benefits:
Pumpkins are quite nutritious and rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C & E, fiber, alpha & beta-carotene, and potassium.
Pumpkins are also a low calorie food, with no saturated fat or cholesterol, and is recommended by dieticians and those looking to control their cholesterol levels and weight.
Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A, which helps aid and maintain good eyesight. Just one cup of cooked mashed pumpkin will provide you with more than 200% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A.
Pumpkin seeds are excellent source of dietary fiber, good for the heart and overall health.
Pumpkins keep skin wrinkles away! They are rich in carotenoids, which are plant pigments that naturally fights wrinkles and helps skin cells from being damaged. The enzymes also found in pumpkins make pumpkins a natural cleanser for the skin.
Here’s an extra treat. If you have some pumpkin leftover and still not know what to do with it, here’s a link to make your own pumpkin face mask to keep your complexion glowing and fresh!
So whether you plan on carving it, baking it, eating it, or all of the above, pumpkin is all around healthy and good for the body, especially when it comes to pumpkin pie (in healthy portions of course)!