Note from Girl Meets Nourishment: Hey everybody, Katie here – I am taking a quick break for the next two weeks since my hubby and I are moving into our new place. But I have some excellent guest posts lined up for you! Next up is Jedha Dening from Good Food Eating – she has informative and fun blog for living well and eating well. Thank you, Jedha!
It’s crazy pumpkin season right now and although they are a common inclusion in many recipes, have you ever stopped to wonder about pumpkin health benefits? Or maybe it’s nutrient profile and what it has to offer?
Well that’s exactly what we’ll cover in this post today.
1. Full Of Antioxidant Power
Loaded with antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E, pumpkin can help fight free radicals. Free radicals are unstable cells that can cause disease but these 3 key vitamins can donate one of their electrons to help re-stabilize cells. For you that means less inflammation, less cell destruction and less disease, hurray to pumpkin!
2. Increased Energy Production
Pumpkin is full of B vitamins folate, niacin, thiamin, B6 and pantothenic acid, and these all help to increase energy production by aiding with many enzymatic functions in the body. This means better metabolism of nutrients, more brain power and increased overall energy. Yeah pumpkin!
3. Boost Your Mood
Don’t just stop at pumpkin but eat the pumpkin seeds too as they contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps with the production of serotonin. More serotonin means good mood food for you and we ALL love to feel good.
4. Supercharge Your Immunity
Check out pumpkins nutritional profile…WOW!
That’s why it helps to supercharge your immunity. Many of the nutrients it contains are important to immune function, including zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E. The antioxidants themselves offer loads of immune boosting power and beta-carotene also helps fight bacteria.
5. Improved Eyesight
If you’re reading this right now chances are you spend way too much time on the computer We all do and that’s where pumpkin can really help us out. It contains loads of beta-carotene, 3596mg, just take a look at the nutrient profile above. Beta-carotene can make vitamin A and vitamin A is essential for great vision. It helps maintain the clearness of the cornea and improve light energy and nerve impulses to the brain so our vision stays super sharp.
I know I want to keep browsing the web so I’ll definitely keep eating my pumpkin!
With a nutrient panel like that the health benefits pumpkin provides are amazing so keep on making all those delicious pumpkin recipes. What’s on the menu today?
Katie’s Real Food Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer looks amazing, I’ll definitely be trying that too.
Jedha Dening is a Nutrition and Health Coach who helps people understand how to eat well and feel fabulous! With over 10 years experience in health and wellness, Jedha has an array of health qualifications and is now completing a Masters in Nutrition. When Jedha’s not cooking, researching or writing about nutrition, she can usually be found in the great outdoors gardening, bushwalking, or kayaking.