Rich in zinc, pumpkin seeds help boost the immune system and fertility. They also contain sterols linked with protection against hormonebased cancers.

Pumpkin seeds are a nutritious snack and, even in small servings they provide a significant amount of minerals, especially zinc and iron. Zinc is an antioxidant mineral, which boosts the immue system, and for me, improves fertility and protects against prostate enlargement and cancer. Iron is important for healthy blood cells and energy levels. High iron and zinc contents make pumpkin seeds a particularly significant food for vegetarians. The seeds contain sterols, which can help remove “bad” cholesterol from the body as well as heloing to inhibit the development of breast, colon, and prostate cancer cells. In addition, pumpkin seeds contain some omega-3 fats, vitamin E, folate, and magnesium that can help maintain heart health. Rich in zinc for fertility, immune boosting, and cancer protection. Rich in iron for healthy blood and to fight fatigue. Can help improve blood cholesterol profile. Good source of heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Practical tips:
Pumpkin seeds are not edible when raw and those for sale are almost always roasted. Chew the seeds well to ensure maximum absorption of nutrients. Add to salads and museli, or sprinkle on breakfast cereal or yogurt. The seeds can be ground and added to vegetable, nut, and bean burgers.

If you grow or buy pumpkins and squashes, don’t discard the seeds make your own roasted pumpkin seeds. Wash and dry the seeds and toss in a little groundnut or light olive oil. Spread on a baking sheet and lightly roast on a low heat for 20 minutes.

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