Pumpkin seeds: useful properties and nutritional value
Such a useful and common product as a pumpkin knows, perhaps, everything.
All its parts are used fresh or processed.
Needless to say, this is one of the most useful vegetables grown in our gardens.
Orange pumpkin flesh is used in stewed, boiled, baked form. From it prepare porridges, soups, candied fruits, add to pies and casseroles.
In addition to pulp, pumpkin seeds are used for food, the value of which can not be overestimated.
Even in ancient China they were considered a symbol of health.
Seeds are used as an independent product, and also add them to salads, pastries, meat and vegetable dishes.
What properties contain the seeds of a pumpkin
Seeds of pumpkin have earned a reputation as a storehouse of vitamins and trace elements.
They contain in their composition zinc, iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, selenium, copper, phosphorus, essential oils, etc.
Zinc, for example, improves brain activity, normalizes night sleep, relieves irritability and improves skin condition, protects against inflammation of the prostate gland and even can restore hair on the head.
Let's list the vitamins in their composition: A, E, B, B9, PP.
Most of them have a direct effect on the condition of the skin and on the entire endocrine system.
In addition, they contain phospholipids, sterols, flavonoids, oleic and linoleic acids, omega-6 fats and Omega-3 fats.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
The oil obtained from pumpkin seeds has a mass of useful properties.
It is taken orally and used as an external remedy.
First of all, you can not ignore the effect of oil on the skin.
It imbues the skin with trace elements, smooths wrinkles, eliminates puffiness, makes the skin surface more elastic.
Lubricating the skin with pumpkin oil, you can significantly ease the course of some skin diseases and even completely get rid of them.
Oil is recommended to be used externally for eczema, frostbite, irritation, diathesis, psoriasis, herpes, itching, skin ulcers, dermatitis, insect bites.
The skin can be lubricated or make compresses.
Rubbing oil in the scalp, get rid of dandruff and hair loss.
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Oil is used to treat the mouth with periodontal disease, stomatitis and gum disease.
Pumpkin oil can be consumed inside.
It has a positive effect in the following cases:
- to lower blood cholesterol levels;
- to bring the metabolism back to normal;
- for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases, such as gastritis, ulcers, heartburn;
- to remove from the body of existing slags;
- for the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis;
- with liver diseases.
Due to the expressed cholagogue effect, the oil helps with the treatment of hepatitis, clearing the bile ducts.
How to eat pumpkin seeds?
Preparation of pumpkin seeds for food is as follows.
In a ripe pumpkin seeds are selected, washed as needed and dried.
Then a white shell is removed from the grains, and a greenish core in this form is used for food.
To improve the taste, the seeds are lightly fried in a skillet and a little salt is added.
Although more useful are considered to be raw seeds.
Caloric content of pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are quite caloric.
They contain a large amount of carbohydrates, fiber, proteins and fats.
By the way, the fats of pumpkin seeds do not contain a substance harmful to humans – cholesterol.
Nevertheless, to get involved in their use in large quantities is not recommended.
This is especially true of people who tend to recruit excess weight.
Suffice it to say that 100 grams of the product contain about 580 kilocalories.
Compared to other products, this is a very significant indicator.
For comparison, you can give data on the caloric content of other products.
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The same amount of boiled potatoes contains 82 kcal, and 100 g of red caviar is drawn to 251 kcal.
For hundreds of years our ancestors knew that pumpkin seeds are an excellent antiparasitic agent.
The composition in significant quantities includes the strongest helminthic poison – kukurbitin.
For a person it is harmless, but it works very effectively on various parasites.
It is believed that to get rid of any types of worms, it is enough to eat every day on an empty stomach on 100 grams of peeled raw seeds, washing down such a tasty medicine with water.
Such treatment should be done for a week.
Interestingly, cucurbitin acts on parasites that are not only in the human intestine, but also in other organs.
In addition, pumpkin seeds have a choleretic and mild laxative effect on the human body.
All this in combination leads to a pronounced purifying effect.
Many people can not eat 100 at one time, because the product is fat enough.
In this case, you can advise to grind the seeds in a coffee grinder or in a blender, and to the resulting powder add honey or juice.
It turns out a fairly tasty mixture, which is liked by adults and children alike.
In conclusion, it can be said that pumpkin seeds are one of the few products that have no contraindications.
They are recommended to all people without exception, as a preventive and therapeutic remedy given to us by nature itself.
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