I simply love Autumn with its scents and colours it just calms me and helps me to relax and focus. During this season we come across loads of pumpkins so I thought it would be nice to talk about their properties.
Like all orange vegetables, pumpkins are rich in carotenoids, compounds the body converts into vit A (which is essential for growth, immune function and eye health), and that have antioxidant and antinflammatory properties.
They are also rich in calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, fosforus and vit E (which, in particular, is essential for the health of the reproductive system).
Pumpkins are allies of the cardiovascular system, protecting it from disease, and have been recognised with diuretic and calming properties, since their high magnesium content relaxes the muscles, while other compounds help to find relief from insomnia and anxiety.
The pulp can be used to soothe skin inflammation.
The seeds contain cucurbitin, a compound that protects the urinary system (of both men and women) and are particularly beneficial to prevent cystitis. They are also a renowned vermifuge remedy as they promote the expulsion of intestinal parasites.
Pumpkin seeds are very rich in fosforus, zinc and magnesium, as well as vit E.
Don’t throw pumpkin seeds away, wash them and cook them in the oven at 180° with a pinch of salt instead! You can enjoy them as a snack
If you’re looking for a remedy for insomnia or to soothe inflammation of the urinary tract, you can make decoction by simmering them in boiling water.
Do you like pumpkins?