Small and seasonal, pumpkin seeds are quite the nutritional powerhouse with plenty to offer. You can typically find them in the grocery store as raw, roasted, or sprouted. Let’s see why you should add them to your diet:
Pumpkin seeds are one of the best natural sources of magnesium you can find. Magnesium plays an important role in everything from brain and bone health to muscle movement to converting food into usable energy.
Zinc is plentiful in pumpkin seeds and is used by your body to regulate hormones and support a healthy digestive system.
Antioxidants help to protect your cells and prevent disease and pumpkin seeds contain several different types of antioxidants. Carotenoids and vitamin E are a couple antioxidants that can help add some protection and reduce inflammation.
🎃 Heart Health
The combo of aforementioned magnesium, zinc, and antioxidants are a great way to promote heart health by potentially reducing blood pressure and increasing good cholesterol.
Even a small serving of pumpkin seeds contains a fairly high amount of fiber. A diet high in fiber can mean good digestive health and possibly even a reduction in the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
A 1oz serving contains 7g of protein, making it a super easy way to add some protein (among other things) to a soup, salad, or side dish.