Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin: A useful food

A very useful and low-calorie food, the seeds of which are particularly useful for men.

Pumpkin is extremely low calorie – 100 g contain only 26 calories. At the same time it is extremely rich in fiber , antioxidants , minerals, vitamins. Does not contain saturated fat and cholesterol, so it is recommended for weight loss and reducing cholesterol levels.

Vitamins with antioxidant properties

Pumpkin contains a number of antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E.

Pumpkin is actually one of the richest sources of vitamin A – in 100 g contains 7384 IU, which is about 150% of the recommended daily intake. Vitamin A is necessary for the health of the skin and of the mucous membranes. It is very important for good vision . Research suggests natural sources of vitamin A helps prevent cancer of the lung and oral cavity.

Poly – phenolic flavonoids

Pumpkin is rich in poly – phenolic flavonoids : carotenes (alpha and beta ) , cryptoxanthin , lutein and zea – xanthine . Carotene are pro – in the body they turn into vitamin A.

Zea – Xanthine is a natural antioxidant that has the ability to filter UV rays in the retina. Thus, it helps to protect the body from visual problems associated with aging.

Vitamins of group B

In the pumpkin contains many – folate , niacin, pyridoxine , thiamine , pantothenic acid.

minerals

Pumpkin is rich in copper, calcium , potassium and phosphorus.

Pumpkin seeds are especially useful for men

Pumpkin-seeds

They are rich in proteins, minerals , vitamins, omega – 3 fatty acids , fiber,

100 g of pumpkin seeds contain about 500 calories , 20 g of protein, iron , niacin , selenium , zinc .

Pumpkin seeds contain no cholesterol. However, they contain phytosterols, which are thought to lower cholesterol levels , and may even assist in the prevention of certain cancers.

Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan – an important amino acid which is converted in the brain into gamma -aminobutyric acid (which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system ) .

Research shows that pumpkin seeds help prevent prostate enlargement . Moreover, they reduce the risk of forming kidney stones and helps prevent depression .

How to eat pumpkin

When you take it from the market, it is very important to wash it thoroughly under running water to remove residues from soil, dust and insecticides. Then the options are many – roasted with honey, walnuts and cinnamon , or pumpkin , or cooked by steaming , which is the best option in terms of preserving the nutrients. The seeds can be roasted eating .

Interestingly, almost all of the pumpkin can be eaten – the fruit , leaves, flowers , seeds. In China, for example, put the leaves in soups.

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