Pumpkin seeds are extremely slimy and difficult to sort off of the membranes of a pumpkin. But, if you can get over the initial grossness — or if you don’t mind buying them from the store, you will have quite the healthful snack at your disposal.
That’s right. Plants have concentrated nutrients, with some of the most beneficial ones being fourn in the seeds. Seeds are an excellent source of protein, unsaturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, B vitamins and beta carotene. And if you consume these seeds, be prepared to have some pretty awesome things happen to your body, including some of the following:
1. Your will reduce your risk of heart disease
Pumpkin seeds are a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, zinc and fatty acids, that are key components to a healthy heart. High LDL (bad cholesterol) and blood pressure for instance, lead to heart disease, and some studies have shown that the fat in pumpkin seeds may reduce these levels. One study in fact found that pumpkin seed oil supplementation lowers diastolic blood pressure and increased HDL (good cholesterol) levels in postmenopausal women
Another study conducted in Egypt found that the nitric oxide inside pumpkin seeds — particularly the oil derived from pumpkin seeds — helped to expand the blood vessels, helping flood flow and preventing plaque buildup.