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Why You Should Be Pumpkin-Obsessed!

By Sara Butler

Pumpkin season comes around but once a year, but that’s no reason why you shouldn’t be enjoying pumpkin (and its insane health benefits) all year long! Pumpkin is delicious but it’s also bursting with all kind of benefits to your health and wellness. Here are just a few of the reasons you really should be obsessed with pumpkin.

The Facts

Pumpkin is low in calories, with only 83 calories per cup. It’s low in fat and also contains a host of other nutrients, such as:

  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin B6
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin A
  • Thiamin
  • Magnesium
  • Niacin
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C

You can eat its flesh or eat the seeds in order to reap the health benefits.

Pumpkin with Benefits

Eating pumpkin promotes your health since it:

  • Nurtures eye health – Carrots get all the accolades when it comes to eye health, but the Vitamin A in pumpkin also helps to form important eye proteins and protect the surface of the eye. It can also help to improve your night vision and prevent degenerative damage.
  • Protects your heart – Eating enough fiber in your diet can help to reduce your cholesterol and protect your heart from disease. Potassium also helps keep your blood pressure under control and helps to regulate your heart’s electrical activity.
  • Reduces cancer risk – The Vitamin A in pumpkin can help reduce your risk of certain types of cancer and its antioxidants work to further protect your cells from damage.
  • Improves your immune system – You need zinc to help your immune system stay strong and pumpkin is full of it!
  • Boosts your mood – If you’re in the dumps, some pumpkin seeds might help. They help trigger the release of a chemical in the brain that triggers the release of serotonin in your brain.
  • Improves your sleep – Turkey makes you sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner because it contains something called tryptophan. Pumpkin also has this chemical, which helps regulate the hormones that cause drowsiness and help you get some shut-eye.
  • Sharpens focus and concentration – If you have a big test or presentation, then eat some pumpkin! Zinc plays a big role in communication between the neurons in your brain, which helps boost brain power.

Pumpkin is incredibly versatile. It can be savory or sweet. However you enjoy it, don’t hold back from incorporating it into your diet!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Northbrook, Ill.

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