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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:
- Unsaturated fatty acids such as omega 3
- Fiber, which benefits cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure and other functions in the body
- Zinc, which among its multiple functions are to strengthen the immune system and control of blood glucose.
Other properties that are associated with pumpkin seeds are:
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.
Some compounds have been shown to improve liver health, which is affected by high consumption of sugary drinks.
Due to the ability of some of its compounds to modify genes, among other functions related to the death of cancer cells.
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.