Pumpkin seeds are the edible seeds of a pumpkin. They are also known as "pepita" — a Mexican Spanish term.These shell-free seeds are flat and oval in shape, and have a green color. Pumpkin seeds may be small, but they're packed full of valuable nutrients. Eating only a small amount of them can provide you with a substantial quantity of healthy fats, magnesium and zinc. Pumpkin seeds have been associated with several health benefits which include improved heart health, prostate health and prevention against certain cancers.
Health Benefit of Pumpkin Seeds:
1- Pumpkin seeds are full of antioxidants that may help protect against disease and reduce inflammation.(1,2)
2- Pumpkin seeds are rich in iron, zinc, antioxidants, magnesium and many other nutrients. An ounce (28 grams) contains about 151 calories.(1,3)
3- Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of magnesium. Healthy magnesium levels are important for your blood pressure, heart health, bone health and blood sugar levels.(4,5,6)
4- Whole pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of fiber. Diets high in fiber are associated with many health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.(1,7)
5- The high zinc content of pumpkin seeds may help improve sperm quality and fertility in men.(1,8)