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Pumpkin

Pumpkin is one of the widely grown vegetables that are incredibly rich in vital antioxidants, and vitamins. Pumpkins, in general, feature orange or yellow colour; however, some varieties exhibit dark to pale green, brown, white, red and gray.

 

Their colour is largely influenced by yellow-orange pigments in their skin and pulp.

 

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc (one ounce contains more than 2 mg of this beneficial mineral).

 

Zinc is important to your body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function.

 

Pumpkin seeds, rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, may provide benefits for heart and liver health, particularly when mixed with flax seeds.

 

The highly cleansing power of this orange-coloured juice helps scrub away the old build-up of arterial deposits, reducing the risks of heart diseases and stroke.  

 

The high anti-oxidants prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). One of the causes of depression is the lack of trytophan in our diet.  

 

Pumpkin is rich with L-tryptophan, an essential amino acid that our body cannot manufacture.  

 

When this chemical compound is supplied, it activates the feeling of happiness and well-being, reducing the depressed mood.

 

A 1-cup serving of pumpkin puree supplies 3.4 grams of iron, a mineral that helps keep you from getting sick by supporting a strong immune system.

 

This is about 43 percent of the 8 milligrams men need each day, and about 20 percent of the 18 milligrams women need.

 

The same serving of pumpkin puree contains 1,906 micrograms of vitamin A, which boosts your immune system, as well as keeps your eyes, bones and teeth healthy.

 

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for vision. It is also needed for a healthy immune system and assists with the proper functioning of your heart, lungs and kidneys.

 

As a plant-source of vitamin A, the pureed pumpkin is also a source of beta carotene, which is an antioxidant that protects your healthy cells from damage by free radicals.

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