A 2005 study published in the journal of Pharmacological Research found that pumpkin seed oil reduces inflammation that causes arthritis. Pumpkin seed oil was found to compare favorably with the NSAID drug indomethacin in an experimental model of arthritis, but without causing liver damage.
Pumpkin Seeds are one of the richest natural sources of magnesium and zinc. Both these minerals are commonly deficient in the average diet and play integral roles in curbing feelings of anxiety, supporting bone health, reducing musculoskeletal pain and promoting proper immune function. Beyond that, these low-carb treats also contain a significant amount of Vitamin K, which modern science is now proving to be essential for healthy arteries, bone integrity and possibly, even protection against certain forms of cancer.
The goodness of pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are rich in protein, manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper. According to studies, a mere quarter cup of pumpkin seeds will provide 20% of the recommended daily intake of iron. Pumpkin seeds also contain a number of essential fatty acids like myristic acid, palmitic acid, pametoleic acid, stealic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, arachidic acid, gad oleic acid, and bahenic acid.
Bone Strength: Pumpkin seeds are good sources of zinc, excellent for bone health. A study of men aged 45 and above, has shown that those who have a regular intake of zinc-rich foods have a reduced chance of developing osteoporosis.
Anti-inflammatory Effect: Recent studies show that the pumpkin seeds’ healing properties can help people with arthritis. Pumpkin seeds contain anti-inflammatory properties, without the side effects which may result from a drug like indomethacin.
Osteoporosis: Regular consumption of pumpkin seeds will provide enough zinc to help prevent osteoporosis. Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a source of the mineral zinc, and the World Health Organization recommends their consumption as a good way of obtaining this nutrient.
Arthritis: The natural anti-inflammatory properties of pumpkin seeds may help relieve arthritic pain. Magnesium found in pumpkin seeds is known to relax the nerves and improve blood flow.
However, like any health food, it’s important not to over-indulge because excess consumption can cause stomachaches and other side effects.
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