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Most people think of pumpkins as simply a fall decoration, but did you know that Pumpkin is one of the most nutritious foods out there?  Most people carve pumpkins and then throw all the insides out—DON’T! Next time you carve a pumpkin, save the insides of this nutritional powerhouse and use them to improve your health!

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10 Reasons to Enjoy the Health Benefits of Pumpkins

Fight Cancer—Pumpkin is filled with beta carotene, which is known to kill and block cancer cells.

Boost your Mood— Pumpkin has a high level of tryptophan, a chemical that helps your brain to create serotonin in your body. Serotonin helps boost your mood and calm anxiety.

Promote Better Sleep— Along with the Tryptophan that helps produce serotonin, pumpkin also has a sufficient amount of carbohydrates which when combined with tryptophan, helps improve sleep habits. These chemicals combined help you fall asleep faster and have less night awakenings.

Fight Colds—Pumpkin is packed with cold-fighting antioxidants. An excellent source of vitamins A, B, C, E and zinc, pumpkin truly is the perfect choice when trying to boost your immune system.

Prevent Osteoporosis—pumpkin (especially the seeds) is high in zinc, which helps to strengthen bones.

Boost Energy—pumpkin seeds are high in iron and B vitamins, which help provide the body with energy.

Build Muscle—Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein. One serving of pumpkin seeds provides 5.3 grams of protein.

Promote Prostate Health—Pumpkins are packed with carotenoids and omega-3 fatty acids, and recent research shows it has shown benefits for the prostate. Men who have a higher amount of carotenoids in their daily diet have a lowered risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia, which can cause painful urinary problems.

Keep you Regular—Pumpkin has about 3.5 grams of fiber in each serving which helps prevent constipation. You can also give pumpkin to your dog for constipation issues as well!

Maintains Eye Health—Pumpkin is packed with vitamin A, which is excellent for your eyes. It also provides the eyes with lutein and zeaxanthin, which are crucial to maintaining eye health.

Remember to save those insides and put them to good use for your health! Happy pumpkin carving!

*This advice should not replace the advice of your doctor