Spanish scientists have found that cucurbitacins in pumpkin seeds can destroy cancer cells. Raw pumpkin seeds contain beneficial compounds that boost mental and physical health. Cucurbitacins offer a huge anti-inflammatory potential, and it can be used in the treatment of numerous early stage cancers. German scientists also found that pumpkin seeds can be of great help for women in menopause when it comes to reducing the risk of breast cancer. Regular consumption of pumpkin seed reduced the risk of breast cancer by 23%.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, selenium and other minerals. Fiber in pumpkin seeds enhances digestion, and the seeds also contain bioavailable protein.
Magnesium and zinc contribute to the absorption of nutrients, which is why pumpkin seeds are recommended to those who deal with health problems caused by nutrient deficiencies. Add pumpkin seeds to your daily menu to strengthen your immune system, lower your blood sugar, sleep well, improve your skin complexion and boost vision.
Zinc and phytosterols, especially beta-sitosterol prevent the development of abnormal prostate cancer cells. Their anti-inflammatory effect prevents oxidative damages, which promotes DNA repair and prevents cancer growth in the early stages of the disease.
Pumpkin seed oil finds great application in the treatment of prostate problems. It’s rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants that prevent free radical damage, and inhibit cancer growth. Always have a bottle of pumpkin seed oil in your kitchen. You can drizzle it over your salads and meals for an extra healthy kick. This oil is rich in omega-3 fats. Do not heat it, because high temperatures destroy the bioavailability of its nutrients.
Always eat your pumpkin seeds raw. Slightly roasting your seeds is also a nice idea, and you can add them to your salads or pretty much everything that comes to your mind. Cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil is excellent for those who don’t really fancy seeds.