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Pumpkins

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The pumpkin is one of the most versatile of vegetables. It can be made into muffins, pie, soups, salads, and even as a sweet or savoury dish.

It is classed as a superfood as it is fantastic for your skin containing Vitamins A, C, E and zinc which help to prevent wrinkles.

It can have an anti-inflammatory effect and combined with its high levels of antioxidants, can prevent arthritis and joint inflammation. The phytosterols can lower the risk of prostate cancer. It is said to be beneficial to sufferers of depression, can prevent kidney stones, is a diuretic and is also used to treat parasites.

This extremely versatile veggie can easily be added into your daily diet with endless ways to prepare it and endless benefits.

Phytochemicals
Pumpkins are rich in phytochemicals which assist in the regulation of blood sugar.

Carotenoids
Pumpkins, like carrots, are orange due to carotenoids. Carotenoids are a wonderful antioxidant which get rid of the free radicals in the body. They prevent aging, prevent degeneration of eye tissues and assist cardiovascular diseases and other infections.

Protein
Pumpkin seeds, Pepitas, are a rich source of protein. They also help reduce blood cholesterol levels.

Vitamin A
Pumpkin is a rich source of Vitamin A. Great for immune system and eye health.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C fight free radicals which improves skin elasticity and wards off colds and flu.

Magnesium
The pepitas are high in magnesium which is beneficial for nerve and tissue health as well as bones and teeth.

Potassium & Zinc
Foods rich in potassium and Zinc can help prevent cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. Zinc is important for bone density which can be beneficial to sufferers of osteoporosis. Great for reproductive organs.

Essential Fatty Acids
Helps fight diseases such as high blood pressure, arthritis and cancer.

Fibre
Low in calories, high in fibre. Great for sufferers of It is extremely effective for treating gastrointestinal disorders.  Helps to regulate the blood sugar levels.

So, don’t just think of buying a pumpkin once a year to scare off goblins and monsters. Put one in your trolley for health reasons at least.

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