- Seeds are filled with lots of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper, and is a good source of vitamin K.
- Contain phytosterols, compounds that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
- Contain L-tryptophan, which helps with good sleep and lowering depression. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin is also very helpful in helping us to have a good night’s sleep.
- Very high in zinc, making them a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc, links to high rates of osteoporosis.
- A good source of vitamin E; they contain about 35.10 mg of tocopherol per 100 g.
- Pumpkin seeds are the most alkaline-forming seed.
- They are an excellent source of vitamin B group (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates).
- Contain good quality protein. 100 g seeds provide 30 g.
- According to studies, pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation.
- Reduce inflammation for arthritis without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Pumpkin seeds are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites. A great treatment for your pets too, rather than harsh over the counter products for your favourite four legged friend!
- Are good for prostate health! The oil in pumpkin seeds alleviates difficult urination that happens with an enlarged prostate.
What’s the Best Way to Consume Pumpkin Seeds?
In order to preserve the healthy fats present in the seeds, seeds should be eaten raw. Organic seeds are preferred, as they will not be contaminated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals.
If you prefer to eat the seeds roasted, do so yourself so you can control the roasting temperature and time. Raw seeds can be roasted on a low heat setting in your oven (no more than 170 degrees F or 75 degrees Celsius), sprinkled with Himalayan or other natural salts, for about 15-20 minutes.
A Few Quick Serving Ideas
- Add pumpkin seeds to healthy sautéed vegetables.
- Sprinkle the seeds on top of mixed green salads.
- Grind the seeds with fresh garlic, parsley and cilantro leaves. Mix with olive oil and lemon juice for a tasty salad dressing.
- Add the chopped seeds to your favourite hot or cold cereal.
- Add seeds to your oatmeal raisin cookie or granola recipe.
- Next time you make burgers, whether it be from vegetables, turkey or beef, add some ground pumpkin seeds.
If you’d like to add a few pumpkin seeds into your diet, pop into the shop with your container (don’t worry if you don’t have one, we have a selection of biodegradable bags) and give them a try. Check out our online store here or order and collect from Breakout Long Melford