It is that time of season, the holiday’s are coming upon us. This is the season where the “Great Pumpkin” is everywhere. Well you can be pleased because the pumpkin has a great reputation.
The first question, is the pumpkin a fruit or vegetable? According to Karen Langston, Chief Body Reorganizer; the pumpkin is a delicious fruit. Langston states, “Cucurbita pepo, is the pumpkin’s official name. The pumpkin is a herbaceous plant belonging to the melon family. The vine produces beautiful large yellow flowers with which fruit will develop and in some countries use the bloom in their cooking.”
Pumpkins have been apart of American History longer than any other fruit. Pumpkin seeds have been traced back to Mexico 7000 to 5500 B.C.. Langston states, “Native Americans were using pumpkins and the seeds as part of their diet and for medicinal purposes long before pilgrims set foot on what is now American soil. They used it for snake bites, cure for freckles and the seed to promote prostate health.” For men looking for a natural way to prevent prostate cancer, consume the green seed. The pumpkin seed is high in Zinc, the prostate uses more zinc than any other organ in the body. Studies indicate the oil inhibits hormones from damaging prostate cells, according to Langston.
So what makes the pumpkin so great for our body? According to Langston, pumpkins are 90% water, they contain luetin, alpha and beta carotene. They are rich in potassium, vitamin A, fiber, vitamin C, E, and K and contain several minerals and trace minerals.
The pumpkin seed, although very tasty when roasted and chewed as whole. It is recommended by Langston, to eat the raw green seed without roasting and without the shell, that is where you will really benefit from the pumpkin seeds nutritional value. If you really want to add power to your body with nutrients, get sprouted raw pumpkin seeds. “You can eat pumpkin seeds all day long and it will only add nutrient value and no additional bulge to the waistline, they are a natural source of carbohydrates, amino acids and saturated fatty acids”, according to Langston.
Pumpkin seeds can be purchased all year round so you don’t have to wait until the holiday season to receive the nutritional value of the seeds from the great fruit. Langston also recommends, use pure pumpkin seed oil, as it can be purchased from most health food stores or specialty grocery stores in the refrigerator section and makes a great oil for salad dressing but not for cooking. You can find Karen Langston on facebook and twitter and 623-252-HEAL (4325).
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