Health

Pumpkin seeds. Food rich in antioxidants

It's the edible seed of the fruit of some species of the genus Cucurbita of the Cucurbitaceae family that has been dried.

Pumpkin seeds concentrate multiple elements that protect our health from diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Its components include omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium and zinc, tocopherols and other antioxidants.

Also, it has a high concentration of nutrients and phytocompounds that have been used in alternative medicine for different treatments of diseases.

Benefits for our health

Pumpkin seeds, like sunflower seeds and other seeds, are a good source of protein, unsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals, and bioactive compounds, which together provide a number of health benefits.

Some of the components that abound in these seeds are:

Other properties that are associated with pumpkin seeds are:

Antioxidants

Due to the presence of tocopherols, phenolic compounds, among other phytochemical compounds. This antioxidant action allows to counteract the oxidation generated by free radicals, protecting the integrity of our cells and thus preventing heart disease, cancer and even diabetes.

Liver protector

 Some compounds have been shown to improve liver health, which is affected by high consumption of sugary drinks.

Anticancer

Due to the ability of some of its compounds to modify genes, among other functions related to the death of cancer cells.

Dewormers

Due to its high concentration of cucurbitin, a compound present only in pumpkin seeds.

It has also shown benefits for treating gastritis and ulcers, as well as for the health of the prostate and urinary system.

The protein profile is similar to that of legumes, which indicates that, combining with foods made with cereals, such as corn, oats, rice, wheat, it is possible to obtain a very good quality protein.

Daniel Pire

Estudiante de Farmacia de la Universidad Central de Venezuela. Fanático de aprender cosas nuevas cada día. Redactor de ColombiaHoy.News y anteriormente Mui.In. Me gusta mantenerme al día con temas tecnológicos y los medios de comunicación. Los tópicos de salud y biotecnología son mis preferidos. Apasionado por conocer un lugar nuevo siempre que sea posible! La cocina y la comida son mi ruta de escape para cualquier ocasión.+ info

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