Pumpkin is a type of winter squash that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family. 

It’s native to North America and particularly popular around Thanksgiving and Halloween.   In the US, pumpkin typically refers to Cucurbita pepo, an orange type of winter squash. In other regions, such as Australia, pumpkin may refer to any type of winter squash.

While commonly viewed as a vegetable, pumpkin is scientifically a fruit, as it contains seeds. That said, it’s nutritionally more similar to vegetables than fruits.

Beyond its delicious taste, pumpkin is nutritious and linked to many health benefits.

Benefits of Pumpkin:
Strengthens the Immune System: Antioxidant

During the winter season, consuming pumpkins helps protect against many viruses. Thanks to its oxidizing nutrients, pumpkin helps strengthen the immune system.
The orange color of pumpkins comes from their richness in carotenoids, beta-carotene being the most prominent, which helps the body produce vitamin A. With its oxidizing effect, it strengthens the immune system and protects it against winter illnesses. Another advantage of this production of vitamin A is that it improves and reduces aging of the vision.
The combination of minerals and vitamins found in Pumpkin could protect the eyes against age-related macular degeneration. Pumpkin's other nutrients also support immune function, including vitamins C and E, iron, and folate.

Maintains Blood Pressure
The pumpkin holds a high amount of potassium, which has a positive impact on arterial health. To reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, the properties of pumpkin seeds appear to be effective. Pumpkin seeds tincture is also available, which is an effective alternative to consuming seeds directly.

Highly Nutritious and Particularly Rich in Vitamin A

Pumpkin has an impressive nutrient profile.

One cup of cooked pumpkin (245 grams) contains (2):

  • Calories: 49
  • Fat: 0.2 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 12 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Vitamin A: 245% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
  • Vitamin C: 19% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 16% of the RDI
  • Copper: 11% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 11% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B2: 11% of the RDI
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDI
  • Iron: 8% of the RDI
  • Small amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate and several B vitamins.

Besides being packed with vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is also relatively low in calories, as it’s 94% water (2).

It’s also very high in beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body turns into vitamin A.

Moreover, pumpkin seeds are edible, nutritious and linked to numerous health benefits.

Precautions- None known

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