Pumpkin Seeds: More than just a Halloween Snack

Are you planning on carving pumpkins this week for Halloween? What are you going to do with all those pumpkin guts that you scoop out of the pumpkin? Try roasting the seeds! Pumpkins seeds are a fun, delicious, and surprisingly nutritious snack.

Pumpkin seeds contain a high level of anti-oxidants. Pumpkin seed oil reduces inflammation and can be just as efficient in relieving arthritic inflammation as common anti-inflammatory drugs. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in phytosterols, which can lower LDL cholesterol levels, raise HDL cholesterol levels, and reduce blood pressure levels.

Finally, pumpkin seeds are loaded with essential minerals, including manganese, which keeps bones strong, normalizes blood sugar, and regulates cholesterol. The seeds also have magnesium, phosphorous, tryptophan, iron, copper, protein, zinc, and vitamin K.

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