Pumpkin fruit is one of the widely grown vegetable incredibly rich in vital antioxidants and vitamins. Though this humble backyard vegetable is less in calories, nonetheless, it carries vitamin A and flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin and carotenes in abundance.
Pumpkin is a fast growing vine that creeps along the surface in a similar fashion like that of other cucurbita ceae family vegetables and fruits such as cucumber, squash and cantaloupe etc. It is one of the most popular field crops cultivated around the world, including in the USA at commercial scale for its fruit and seeds.
Increased protection from bacterial and viral infection.
Reduced cancer risk.
Increased immune function.
Protection against heart disease.
Alleviation of cardiovascular disease.
Alleviation of hypertension (high blood pressure).
Prevention of epileptic seizures.
Prevention of alopecia (spot baldness).
It is one of the very low calorie vegetables and contains no fat and cholesterol. However it is rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The vegetable is one of the food item recommended by dietitians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs. Pumpkin is a store house of many antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.
It is one of the vegetable in the cucurbitaceae family featuring highest levels of Vitamin-A. Vitamin A is a powerful natural antioxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucusa. It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. The natural foods rich in vitamin A help me help human body protect against lung and oral cavity cancer.
The fruit is a good source of of B complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin and pantothenic acid. It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
Pumpkin seeds indeed are an excellent source of dietary fibres and mono unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. In addition, the seeds are concentrated source of proteins, minerals and health benefiting vitamins.
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