Pumpkin seeds offer a broad range of health benefits and are rich in minerals in which the Western diet is commonly deficient such as zinc, magnesium, and iron. They should be eaten in moderation because of their fat content.
Raw pumpkin seeds should be green. Seeds that are starting to turn brown have become rancid and should not be eaten. Pumpkin seeds can be kept fresh for up to 2 months in airtight containers in the refrigerator.
||28 g (about 1/5 cup)
||Mexico, India, China, and the United States
||Especially effective against roundworms and tapeworms. Eat a handful of the seeds raw twice per day on an empty stomach for one week, then take a week off, then eat for another week.
||A good source of phytoestrogens, which help improve circulation.
||High levels of both zinc and omega-3 fatty acids together help improve thinking skills.
||Oil present in these seeds helps prevent heart disease.
||High levels of tryptophan increase serotonin in the brain and help treat depression, insomnia, stress, and mental imbalances.
||High in protein. Help build muscles and strengthen muscle contraction.
||Shown to effectively treat prostate inflammation and other prostate ailments.
||An aphrodisiac. Build hormones and activate sexual organs in women. Increase sperm count and deliver zinc to the prostate in men.
||High levels of tryptophan help regulate the sleep cycle. Avoid eating to excess near bedtime due to the fat content.