Sure, pumpkins can seem spooky in their jack-o’-lantern state, but don’t be fooled: They’re actually one of the most nutritious fruits out there. Loaded with antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins, these gourds aren’t just for carving — they’re a bona fide superfood. Pumpkins’ bright orange color may make them a good substitute for traffic cones, but the real power behind their hue is beta carotene, a provitamin that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Known for its immunity-boosting powers, beta carotene is essential for eye health and has been linked to preventing coronary heart disease. The real treasure is in the seeds.One ounce (about 140 seeds) is packed with protein, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Studies suggest pumpkin seeds provide a number of health benefits, such as blocking the enlargement of the prostate gland, lowering the risk of bladder stones, and helping to prevent depression. Plus, the seeds contain high levels of phytosterols, which research suggests can reduce cholesterol and even help prevent some types of cancer. So get scooping! Info: www.greatist.com

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Sure, pumpkins can seem spooky in their jack-o’-lantern state, but don’t be fooled: They’re actually one of the most nutritious fruits out there. Loaded with antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins, these gourds aren’t just for carving — they’re a bona fide superfood.

Pumpkins’ bright orange color may make them a good substitute for traffic cones, but the real power behind their hue is beta carotene, a provitamin that is converted to vitamin A in the body.
Known for its immunity-boosting powers, beta carotene is essential for eye health and has been linked to preventing coronary heart disease.

The real treasure is in the seeds.One ounce (about 140 seeds) is packed with protein, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Studies suggest pumpkin seeds provide a number of health benefits, such as blocking the enlargement of the prostate gland, lowering the risk of bladder stones, and helping to prevent depression.

Plus, the seeds contain high levels of phytosterols, which research suggests can reduce cholesterol and even help prevent some types of cancer.

So get scooping!

Info: www.greatist.com
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