|Red Hubbard Pumpkin – great for roasting and a good choice
if you like to leave the skin on.
Pumpkins. They might seem a bit girl next door, but they are our own little quiet achievers. And we all know what happened to Kate Middleton – but I digress. And anyway, I’m not really here to talk about pumpkin today and their plethora of antioxidants, blood sugar stabilising and immune boosting qualities, but rather their humble little seeds which are little treasure troves of their own.
These little jewels are commonly known as pepitas. They are flat, olive green coloured seeds, found in the heart of the pumpkin encased in their creamy-white husks. The ones that you most often see in the shops have usually had the husks removed.
So what’s so good about pumpkin seeds? Oh just the fabulous amount of protein, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium and essential fatty acids that you get with each little crunch.
Not enough for you, well how about a daily dose of tryptophan to keep you happy? Pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan which is an amino acid needed to form serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain which, among other things, regulates our mood and our sleep. And what better way to inject a little feel good into your life that to have it the form of a wholefood where all the wonderful cofactors needed for its proper functioning are right there! Delicious, nutritious, calming, happy seeds! Hooray!
In natural medicine we often think of them for prostate health also. Perhaps not number one on your agenda, but pumpkin seeds should be if you want to keep it in tip top condition.
Pepitas can also be fabulous for ridding intestinal worms, and for motion sickness and nausea.
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