Food as Medicine: Five Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

October 31, 2017
Dr. Mary Ford



It is officially fall, the season of pumpkin and squash. You may want to think twice before throwing away all those seeds from carving pumpkins! Pumpkin seeds are actually a nutritionally dense food that can be used as a great snack.

Pumpkins seeds are high in beneficial minerals and nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, manganese, beneficial fats and protein. Additionally, these seeds are high in fiber, adding to the recommended daily requirement that many fall short of daily. 


​1. High in Magnesium
Just ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds contains half of the daily recommended intake of magnesium. Magnesium is required in the body to convert glucose to ATP, the energy source of our bodies. It is also integral to muscle function and bone mineralization 1. Magnesium has also been shown to decrease vasoconstriction 1, and may be helpful in lowering blood pressure.


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