Pumpkins aren’t just for carving spooky faces in at Halloween. In fact, this orange vegetable can be very beneficial to your health, as well as your appearance, all whilst tasting delicious. This veg has endless uses so make the most of Pumpkins this autumn.
How can Pumpkins help my skin?
Orange coloured vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and of course, pumpkins provide our bodies with vitamin A, which promotes our skin to be firmer and heal quicker. Beta-carotene, which is what gives pumpkins their orange colour, may also help to prevent free radical damage to our cells that can result in ageing, as it works as an antioxidant.
Will pumpkins benefit my hair?
Yes. If you find your hair is thinning and you find more is falling out when you brush it, pumpkin seed oil could help you. The oil contains zinc, which is a key nutrient in promoting hair growth, making your locks thicker.
Will pumpkins help me to relax?
Pumpkin seeds contain high amounts of magnesium which is often referred to as ‘natures tranquiliser.’ This mineral helps us feel calm and relaxed and also helps to regulate our sleep pattern.
Will pumpkins benefit my immune system?
Yes, pumpkin skin contains both vitamins A and C which are critical to our body's immune system. To make the most of the skin of the pumpkin, try making a pumpkin soup using spices such as ginger.
Are pumpkins a libido booster?
Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc which help boost your testosterone levels and in turn increase your libido helping to get you ‘in the mood’.
In what other ways are pumpkins beneficial to my health?
The vitamin A contained in pumpkins can improve your vision as well as make bones and teeth stronger. Pumpkin seed oil has also been proven to lower blood pressure and the high fibre contained in pumpkins lowers the risk of heart disease. Pumpkin seeds have also been proven to reduce the chances of developing prostate cancer in men.
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