Most of us know pumpkin as the iconic, orange symbol of autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving, but did you know that this fun object is also a super food that soothes body, mind and soul?
How, you ask?
Body: The pumpkin is ultra high in Vitamins C and A, beta-carotene, anti-oxidants and fiber. Most of us know about vitamin C’s cold-prevention properties, but it’s also essential in the production of collagen and, therefore, often found in skin creams to help keep skin tight, bright and wrinkle-free. Vitamin A keeps your eyes healthy. There’s a lot of vitamin A to begin with–just one cup contains more than 200 percent of your RDA—but there’s even more because one of the things beta-carotene does is convert to a form of vitamin A.
Weight loss is aided because fiber keeps us full longer and makes us eat less; immunity is boosted by the beta-carotene; in fact, some studies have shown that it may possibly play a role in preventing some cancers—and, remember, it’s an anti-oxidant and anti-oxidants fight the rogue cells known as free radicals (human rust), those substances known for causing disease and aging!
Mind: Pumpkin seeds are loaded with plant-based phytosterols, which studies reveal might reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
They keep your moods on an even keel, too, because those seeds are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid, which helps produce serotonin, so essential in mood health.
Soul: Come on, does this really need explanation?
We tend to get even closer to nature in the autumn, what with our jumping, playing and taking leaves. We enjoy those bright gorgeous colors of the beautiful foliage and crisp, blue autumn skies. Halloween brings out our inner child and Thanksgiving is the time when ALL of us think about things for which to be grateful.
Now let’s hear from you. How do pumpkins “feed” your body, mind or soul? Want to share a favorite recipe, or use?
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