Pumpkin Seeds- A SUPERFOOD FOR GREAT HEALTH
Pumpkin Seeds were prized for their beneficial medicinal purposes back in Aztec times and today we know why. These small flattish green seeds are well known to help reduce symptoms of an overactive bladder, and support a healthy prostate thanks to their zinc and phytosterol (plant sterol) content. Pumpkin seeds are also containing important minerals such as manganese, magnesium, copper and phosphorous, which help support healthy bones. They are also rich in Omega 6 essential fats. These super protein rich seeds are also a good source of Tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to serotonin (a neurotransmitter) in the body – known to enhance mood and reduce feelings of anxiety. Additionally they contain full spectrum Vitamin E which is vital for preventing Oxidation of LDL cholesterol. See the Self Help Sheet on Cholesterol and LDL. Crucially because of their mineral content they are also alkalising in the body and if you read my Acid/Alkaline Help Sheet, you will fully understand why keeping your body more alkaline is VITAL to good health!
You can roast them whole and sprinkle into stews, porridge or soups or eat raw as a healthy snack on their own or over salads… I stir a tablespoon into my Healthy Breakfast Whiz (you can watch a DVD of me making this under my Video Blog Section). Once the outer shell is broken, you would need to keep these seeds in an airtight container in the fridge.