If you ask me, it's about time we all started talking about just how amazing pumpkin seeds, one of the best brain foods out there, truly is.
Just to get the facts straight: Pumpkin seeds come from pumpkins, which belong to the gourd family. This family also includes cucumber, squash and melon.
Pumpkins are round, come in all shapes and sizes, are orange and awesome! However, the best part of the pumpkin is, of course, the seeds themselves.
Here are five reasons to crack open a pumpkin and go straight for the seeds inside.
Five amazing benefits of pumpkin seeds
#1: They improve brain function
Pumpkin seeds are highly nutritious. Rich in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, they’re a smart snack for you and your kids. Omega-3s are well-known for their ability to improve and protect mental health
, while omega-6s aid in memory and support healthy brain development.
#2: They calm your brain
Yup, the benefits of pumpkin seeds go way beyond just omegas … they also contain an excellent dose of magnesium, which has a naturally calming effect on your brain. And who doesn’t need a little zen during this crazy busy time of year?
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#3: They’re a great source of zinc
You can get more than your “zen” from these little nutritional powerhouses … you can also get your zinc! Pumpkin seeds pack a serious punch of zinc, which is very important for healthy immune system
, brain and skin function.
#4: They promote fat burn
A growing body of research shows that pumpkin seeds can help burn fat
. Given the obesity
rates in South Africa and the world at large, I reckon these seeds should therefore be considered a year-round snack; not only one to enjoy on Halloween.
Pumpkin seeds are very high in antioxidants, which are necessary for a healthy immune system. Strong immunity will help you stave off cancer
and other dangerous diseases.
Enjoy pumpkin seeds on their own, in a trail mix, tossed into salads or blended into a delicious smoothie.