Pumpkin relieves insomnia, improves memory and reduces fatigue. Composed of 95% water, it has a low caloric value, similar to tomatoes, and it contains around 15-20 calories per 100 grams. It also has a very low glycemic index, so it can be consumed by people suffering from diabetes. However, aren’t you curious about a few specific pumpkin benefits?
1. It reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and lowers hypertension
Pumpkin an increased potassium content, which is very important for maintaining a good cardiovascular health, as it can have a vasodilator effect. By increasing the diameter of blood vessels, the potassium in pumpkins lowers the risk of stroke and other heart diseases.
2. It fights against “bad cholesterol”
This happens due to pumpkin’s antioxidant activity and the fact that it delays the oxidation of cholesterol, one of the main factors that causes artherosclerosis.
3. Improves eyesight
Another one of the most important pumpkin benefits is the fact that it contains important quantities of lutein and zeaxanthin, the major carotenoids present in the lens and retina. It can play an important role in preventing age-related macular degeneration (loss of vision with age).
4. It helps maintaining a smooth skin
It has a high amount of provitamin A, so 200g of pumpkin can cover your body’s entire daily necessary of vitamin A
5. Encourages bowel moves
Let’s not forget that the dietary fiber contained by pumpkin ensures a healthy digestion, while the mannitol is also contains has laxative properties.
6. It’s an important source of minerals
When talking about pumpkin benefits, we shouldn’t forget about the important amounts of phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and iron it contains, thus preventing bone and dental fragility, as well as anemia.
7. It’s high in vitamin B2, B5, C and E
These vitamins are essential for an essential cell development. Pumpkin has a strong antioxidant activity (vitamin E), fights infections (vitamin C), maintains hormonal balance and relieves stress (vitamin B5).