9 Healthy Reasons You Should Love Pumpkin Seeds


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It’s the season of all things pumpkin, and that includes the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are full of health benefits. In fact, they’re a poor man’s superfood. They have more health benefits than the pumpkin itself. This year we’re giving you a ton of good reasons to add pumpkin seeds to your diet.

1.  They’re a good source of zinc.
Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc, which is vital for cell growth and division. It’s also important for fertility, immune system health, and vision as well as taste, smell, and appetite.

2.  They’re a good source of vitamin E.
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of vitamin E. Vitamin E protects against the free radicals that damage cells and contribute to aging as well as the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

3.  They’re magnesium-rich.
Just one-fourth cup of pumpkin seeds contains your daily allowance of magnesium. Magnesium is really calming to the body. That’s why if you’re having trouble sleeping, taking an Epsom salt bath of magnesium helps you to get to sleep at night. But magnesium is also important for the proper development of teeth and bones and proper bowel function.

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By Sara Novak| October 31, 2015
Categories:  Eat

About the Author

Sara Novak

Sara Novak

Sara Novak specializes in health and food policy writing for Discovery Health. Her work has also been featured on TreeHugger, HowStuffWorks.com, TLC Cooking, and Animal Planet. After graduating from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Sara headed up the communication efforts for a national scholarship program in Washington, D.C. Sara has also handled copy writing and public relations for a global environmental consulting firm. She loves fiddling with healthful recipes, traveling, and exploring life atop her yoga mat. Today, Sara lives in Charleston with her husband and two lovable cocker spaniels, Madison and Bella.

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