Raw pumpkin seed milk is a fun way to include these nutrient-rich seeds into your diet.
A super healthy lactose-free alternative to dairy milk, pumpkin seed milk helps to reduce cholesterol and boost immunity. It also helps to keep bones strong and has anti-inflammatory benefits. A great drink for men, as it can improve the symptoms associated with prostate enlargement.
Pumpkin seeds are one of the highest plant-based sources of protein containing all essential amino acids. A handful of pepitas makes up almost half of the recommended daily allowance of protein. Pepitas are also a rich source of iron, with one cup delivering almost half of the RDA of iron. Pepitas are also a good source of zinc, to bone health, and prostate health in men. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and copper; as well as Vitamins A, B and E.
One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, which participates in a wide range of vitally important physiological functions, including the creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the energy molecules of your body), the synthesis of RNA and DNA, the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function. Magnesium has been shown to benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke, yet an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this important mineral.
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc (one ounce contains more than 2 mg of this beneficial mineral). Zinc is important to your body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function.
Loaded with heart-healthy unsaturated fats and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, pumpkin seeds are anti-inflammatory avengers that help regulate blood pressure and cholesterol for heart health. They also contain tryptophan to alleviate anxiety and aid sleep.
Pumpkin seeds also contain phytosterols, chemical compounds that inhibit the body’s ability to absorb cholesterol. That means they’re heart-healthy as well as delicious!
Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as an important natural food for men’s health. This is in part because of their high zinc content, which is important for prostate health (where it is found in the highest concentrations in the body), and also because pumpkin seed extracts and oils may play a role in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate).
Pumpkin seed oil is rich in natural phytoestrogens and studies suggest it may lead to a significant increase in good “HDL” cholesterol along with decreases in blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women.
Pumpkin seeds, rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, provide benefits for heart and liver health, particularly when mixed with flax seeds.
Pumpkin seeds have a subtle sweet and nutty flavor. Some pumpkin seeds have a creamy husk, but the majority of pepitas are flat and dark green in color, so your milk will have a green tinge to it.
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