The best way to reap maximum from pumpkin seeds is by eating them raw and it is even better if the seeds come from an organic pumpkin. It would also be wise to soak them or sprout them and then roast them lightly before consumption.
Pumpkin are very beneficial to health in that:
1.They are packed with Magnesium which is very important for physiological functions of the body including the pumping of your heart and proper bone and tooth formation.
2.They are a rich source of Zinc which is important for immunity, cell division and cell growth, sleep, mood, sense of smell and taste, insulin regulation and male sexual function.
3.They are a good source of Omega-3 fats.
4. They are an important natural food for men’s health and because they are loaded with Zinc, they are especially beneficial in supporting prostate health.
5.Postmenopausal women can also benefit greatly from pumpkin seed oil as it is rich in natural phytoestrogens which help to increase good cholesterol HDL and help to decrease blood pressure, headaches, hot flashes, joint pains among other menopausal symptoms.
6.Your liver benefits from pumpkin seeds consumption as well as they are packed with healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers which happen to be some of the needs for a healthy liver.
7.Pumpkin seed oil exhibit anti-inflammatory effects which makes it a perfect fit for treating arthritis.
8.Pumpkin seeds are said to improve insulin regulation hence helping in the prevention of diabetes complications as they work by decreasing oxidative stress in the body.
9.If you have issues sleeping then pumpkin seeds must be consumed a few hours before bed along with a fruit. This is because pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid known as tryptophan which our bodies convert into serotonin which is then later converted into the sleep hormone melatonin.