They taste almost like nuts. You can buy them natural or salted. They contain huge cocktail of nutrients and curative substances. It has been used from everlasting in natural healing against intestinal parasites. It is suitable for preparation of various dishes. We are talking about pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin seeds - unobtrusive panacea
They are mostly available as hulled seeds which have green colour. You can buy bio pumpkin seeds, or roasted and salted seeds, which are great as a snack with beer or wine. Pumpkin seeds sold in their skins have a much longer shelf life. They can be dried out and then later shelled.
The cocktail of vitamins and minerals
Pumpkin seeds contain large amounts of zinc and vitamin E and also vitamins A, B, D, minerals as is potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, selenium and iron. They also contain essential unsaturated fatty acids which help fight with high cholesterol and help reduce high blood pressure and risk of heart attack or stroke. In addition, pumpkin seeds contain natural substances that can slow down aging and prevents from a variety of degenerative processes.
Pumpkin seeds also very positively affect the digestive tract, stimulate blood circulation and have a beneficial effect against certain types of eczema. It also support skin elasticity and helps its regeneration.
Pumpkin seeds help men and women
Pumpkin seeds also help in the fight against prostate problems. They have the ability to slow down the growth of prostate cancer, which is conditioned by testosterone. With enlarged prostate suffers large population of men older than fifty years. It is causing many problems which appear at begging as a frequent visiting of toilet. Pumpkin seeds are also suitable for women who suffer from frequent urinary tract infections, and for those who are undergoing postmenopausal syndrome. They reduce blood pressure and the occurrence of hot flashes. They increase levels of "good" HDL cholesterol and decrease headaches and joint pain.
According to some studies, a mixture of flax and pumpkin seeds has a protective effect on the heart, blood vessels, liver and reduces the effects of drugs and chemicals poisoning. This mixture is able to mitigate toxicity of acetaminophen methotrexate. The liver is protected even against carbon tetrachloride. Eating pumpkin seeds is recommended when suffering sleeplessness or anxiety. Regular consumption of pumpkin seeds also heals skin, stomach and intestines diseases. Furthermore zinc, which is in pumpkin seeds included very abundantly, is needed for proper bone formation and it is essentially for nearly all tissues in our body.
However, the list of positive effects of pumpkin seeds on our bodies is far from over. Pumpkin seeds also contain phytosterols, plant estrogens that can prevent from the development of various tumours, it can block cancer processes and also reduce the adverse effects of artificial hormones - xenoestrogens.
For salads, sauces and desserts
Pumpkin seeds are very suitable for the preparation of various dishes such as salads and sauces. They can be also used when baking cakes or bread. It is good to submerge them in water few hours before consumption to activate the enzymes contained in the seeds. It is recommended to slightly roast fresh pumpkin seeds for a short time in a dry frying pan, drizzle them with the soy sauce, or at the beginning of roasting sprinkle them with a pinch of salt. This is very tasty substitute for the favourite, but really unhealthy fried potato chips. Unshelled pumpkin seeds are also suitable for the preparation of medicinal teas.
Regular consumption of pumpkin seeds
If we use pumpkin seeds as a medicine, it is necessary to eat them regularly. Only relatively small amount, about one small handful of seeds per day, is needed. Human organism has no problem with digestion of pumpkin seeds.
The oil from pumpkin seeds
From pumpkin seeds can be extracted very rich and valuable oil. It has a number of outstanding qualities. It has the highest content of organically bound zinc above all vegetable oils. Besides the minerals and trace elements it also contains essential fatty acids, vitamins A and E, sterols, phospholipids, antioxidants, coenzyme Q, and much more substances necessary for the human body.
The oil from pumpkin seeds are using primarily people who suffer from arthritis (inflammatory disease of the joints). Oil from pumpkins has very similar effect on the Arthritis as an indomethacin, but the oil from pumpkin seeds is not causing liver damage. Pumpkin seed oil, when applied externally, promotes nail growth and firming and nourishing nail bed. It also prevents from hair loss and demineralization of the organism and it is also very useful as a prevention of tooth caries.
Pumpkin seed oil helps restore tissue
Oil from pumpkin seeds can significantly help in the healing and restoration of diseased tissue and helps with problems of the digestive system. It restores and stabilizes cell membranes of the liver and prevents from the cirrhosis. It positively affects because it has a mild laxative effect. It also supports kidney function because it is diuretic.
Due to the high content of zinc, pumpkin seed oil also helps with colds and viral infections which contribute to the secretion of mucus. For precaution use twice a day one teaspoon of pumpkin oil. In case the oil is intended for therapeutic purposes is recommended one to two tablespoons for adults and one to two teaspoons for children per day.
The oil from pumpkin seeds can be used in salads, soups and many other dishes. If the taste is too strong for you, you can freely combine it with other oils or you can add food that wasn’t cooked or heated. You can use it as a warm mask for cosmetic skin care or massage, which helps to regenerate skin cells. You can also use it as a pack for treating of damaged or stressed hair.