Benefits of Pumpkin

If you are anything like me, the smell of pumpkin and cinnamon are my favorite!  I love when the stores start stocking their shelves will pumpkin based candles, cinnamon wreathes, etc.  There are also some amazing benefits from eating pumpkin!  Here are a few!

SUPPORTS DIGESTIVE HEALTH AND FULLNESS

Fiber is a very important part of digestive and gastrointestinal health. A cup of raw, boiled pumpkin packs about 3 grams of dietary fiber.

ENHANCES NERVE AND MUSCLE FUNCTION

Pumpkins are a way to load up on this potassium without a lot of added calories or carbs. In addition to regulating blood pressure and muscle function, potassium plays a very important role in nerve firing and functionality. Potassium is especially important for trained individuals and recreational athletes, due to the fact that the mineral is involved in regulating water balance and muscular contractions.

BOOSTS VISION AND MAINTAINS STRONG BONES

Pumpkin is a phenomenal source of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that aids vision and bone remodeling, and regulates the development of your cells. Half a cup of cooked pumpkin offers up over 100 percent of your recommended intake for vitamin A, which will help keep your eyesight sharp and bones strong.

SUPPORTS IMMUNE FUNCTION

The combination of vitamin C and beta-carotene in pumpkin can help support your body’s immune system and may help ward off the common cold. Both fresh and canned pumpkin pack in about 12 milligrams of vitamin C per serving, around 20 percent of your recommended daily intake.

PROVIDES POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS

Pumpkins are packed full of antioxidants, which can help minimize the activity of substances called free radicals that can damage your cells and tissue.

SUPPORTS MUSCLE GROWTH

If you chose to use fresh pumpkin in lieu of canned pumpkin, do yourself a favor and hold on to the pumpkin seeds!

Stay tuned for some pumpkin based recipes!

Source:  http://www.bodybuilding.com/

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