Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seeds

Pumkin seeds

Known in botany by its scientific name Cucurbita Maxima, the pumpkin belongs to a family of fruits called Cucurbitaceae. The word pumpkin is actually derived from the Greek word “pepon,” meaning “large melon,” though melons and pumpkins have little in common as far as taste.

The health benefits of pumpkins are a wonderful collection of improved heart health, prostate health and even protection against certain cancers. From the leaves to the seeds, this wholesome fruit is low in sugar and high in nutrients, making it a great snack for all, including diabetics. Extract from Asian Pumpkins have even shown promise as being a natural form of type 1 diabetes management.

Pumpkin seeds themselves have been touted by health experts for their density in nutrients and phenomenal healing abilities. From the assistance in regrowing hair for men, to gastrointestinal cleansing (which includes claims of encompassing an anti-parasitic component), pumpkin seeds are growing in their use for everyday diets and treatments.

Pumpkin seeds are full of many other macro and micro nutrients, including high amounts of protein and dietary fiber, healthy omega-6s, and many minerals and vitamins. One mineral in particular that is to thank for pumpkin seeds’ ability to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes is magnesium. With a single cup of pumpkin seeds containing on average 42% of your daily value, they are a high quality food source of magnesium.

The best time to find fresh pumpkins are in the fall, around late september to early november, before the first frost. If you choose to grow your own pumpkins, it is important to keep in mind a couple things, such as a pumpkins need for a long growing season and its excessive desire for fertilizing nutrients. 

If you do not feel the desire or need to grow pumpkins yourself, and you live in the United States, you are in luck. When halloween rolls around there is an abundance of this meaty and wholesome fruit. The best place to find a pumpkin would be to seek out your local farmers market and/or a local pumpkin farmer, as they are typically grown in mass quantities during the fall season.

Resource and Further Reading

Average Glycemic Index: 75

2007 study which concluded that Asian pumpkins specifically may help to prevent and even stabilize those suffering from type 1 diabetes: http://wb.md/2ERjQL9

“Planting, Growing and Harvesting Pumpkins”: http://bit.ly/2ADx8bK

Types of pumpkins with pictures and descriptions: http://bit.ly/2rIx7PX


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