It’s hard to resist the spirit of this time of the year. Something about autumn feels less commercialized than the other seasons, especially the upcoming red-and-green one. Maybe it’s because we’re growing weary of the constant heat of summer, or the frantic but exciting whirl of transitioning our kids back to school, or maybe it’s just the welcome nip of brisk air that hits your cheeks first thing in the morning.
There really is something to autumn, though, and I know that I’m not the only one who starts putting a pinch of cinnamon onto everything, and I’m definitely not the only one who welcomes the sight of pumpkins piled high in front of grocery stores. Am I right?
Don’t reduce your pumpkin to a scary mantle decoration; pumpkins are packed with awesome flavor and health benefits. Here are the top 5 health benefits, according to Medical News Today:
Regulates blood pressure – The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C present in pumpkin all support heart health. Studies have shown that consuming enough potassium may be almost as important as decreasing sodium intake for the treatment of hypertension, or high blood pressure.
Reduces cancer risk – Research has suggested a positive relationship between a beta-carotene-rich diet, and reduced risk of prostate cancer. Pumpkin is known to be one of the best-known sources of beta-carotene.
Combats diabetes – The plant compounds in pumpkin seeds and pulp are excellent for helping the absorption of glucose into the tissues and intestines, as well as balancing levels of liver glucose.
Great source of fiber – The recommended daily fiber intake is between 25 and 30 grams and is not met by the majority of people in the U.S. Just one serving of cooked, fresh pumpkin contains nearly 3 grams of fiber while one serving of canned pumpkin contains over 7 grams.
Protects immunity – Pumpkin pulp and seeds are high in both vitamin C and beta-carotene, which offer a boost to the immune system. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A, which triggers the creation of white blood cells that fight infection.
Want even more pumpkin in your life? Settle in with your edible pumpkin creation and watch a great holiday film with your family. So, start cooking!
For some suggested pumpkin recipes, check with www.LifeandHealth.org or Google.
(Submitted by Betty Dean. Written by Sarah Yoo, Used by permission from www.lifeandhealth.org. Courtesy of LifeSpring – Resources for Hope and Healing Stuart, VA)
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