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Benefits of Pumpkin Seed And Its Side Effects

Pumpkin seeds are very healthy and are a great source of unsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals, and energy. Overall, consumption of this seed can improve metabolism, increase antioxidant activity, reduce blood pressure, and bad cholesterol in the body. Additionally, it can also treat and prevent ailments such as osteoporosis, prostate cancer, kidney stones, and insomnia.

Benefits of Pumpkin Seed And Its Side Effects

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Pumpkin Seed
Nutritional Value of Pumpkin Seed
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seed
Improves Antioxidant Activity
Improves Prostate Health
Treats Arthritis and Reduces Inflammation
Acts as a Good Source of Plant Protein
Boosts Metabolism
Reduces Bad Cholesterol
Reduces Blood Pressure
Treats Insomnia
Prevents Kidney Stones
Limits Parasitic Activity
Prevents and Treats Osteoporosis in Women
Uses of Pumpkin Seed
Side-Effects & Allergies of Pumpkin Seed
Cultivation of Pumpkin Seed

Pumpkin Seed

As the name suggests, pumpkin seeds come from the pumpkin fruit or squash. They are flat and oval-shaped, and while their husks are white, the inside is light green. There are many species of pumpkins, some of which are cultivated in Central America and Mexico, whereas others are cultivated across Europe and Russia. Although the fruit itself is seasonal, wherein it can be harvested during autumn and can be seen around the United States at Halloween, the seeds are so popular as a snack item that they are available throughout the year. They are quite common and can be bought at a local grocery store in snack packs.

Nutritional Value of Pumpkin Seed

Pumpkin seeds boast impressive health benefits, which can be attributed to their unusual nutrient composition. Just a 100 gram serving of pumpkin seeds can provide 574 kcal of energy. It is rich in proteins at 29.84 grams. Additionally, it also contains approximately 82.5% monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, both of which are extremely beneficial for the human body. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals. In fact, a 100 gram serving can cover up 62% of the daily required intake of iron and 80% of zinc all by itself. It is also one of the best sources of phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium for the human body. In terms of vitamins, it can offer 30% of the daily value of niacin, also known as vitamin B3, along with riboflavin, folate, and pantothenic acid. All these attributes make pumpkin seeds a very valuable commodity.

Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seed

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Pumpkin Seed
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seed

Improves Antioxidant Activity

Pumpkin seeds are rich in phenolic compounds, which combat free radicals in the body. This property is important because it inhibits the growth of cancer cells in the body. Consuming a small to medium serving of pumpkin seeds on a daily basis can serve this purpose. A regular cleansing of the body is important to overall health besides.

Improves Prostate Health

The prostate is one of the biggest areas of concern in men’s health. It is one of the most common areas where men develop cancerous cells. Pumpkin seeds act as diuretics, and therefore relieve the symptoms of an inflamed prostate.

Treats Arthritis and Reduces Inflammation

A deficiency of various vitamins and minerals can cause an inflammation of various tissues, organs, and joints, as in the case of arthritis. Arthritis is a debilitating condition, which needs to be treated in time to stop its effects from wearing the body down. Treatment requires adding a healthy amount of proteins and anti-inflammatory compounds. Studies have revealed that pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory properties. There is a direct correlation between reduced arthritis-related joint pain and the consumption of pumpkin seeds. From a medical perspective, this is one of the most popular uses of the pumpkin seed.

Acts as a Good Source of Plant Protein

The consumption of the necessary amount of protein without consuming meat is one of the biggest aspects of a vegetarian diet, as proteins directly impact the growth and development of the body. Proteins contain a number of amino acids that are essential to many enzymatic and metabolic processes. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of healthy plant protein. The body can get 25% of its required intake of proteins per day by consuming just one cup of pumpkin seeds.

Boosts Metabolism

An optimal level of metabolism is crucial in many aspects. It provides the energy that the body needs to perform day-to-day work. Additionally, this energy enables the body to conduct its internal functions normally. For metabolism to be at its optimum, the body needs amino acids, which are provided by the consumption of proteins. These amino acids are crucial to metabolic and enzymatic processes in the body. A low metabolic rate can make us lethargic, fatigued, unhealthy, and weak, and it can also impact brain function. Pumpkin seeds, which have an abundance of protein, can give the body what it needs. Pumpkin seeds can also be consumed when you are feeling tired and unenergetic. It will boost metabolism and sustain the body for a longer period of time. The high calorie content in this seed is a great nutritional supplement for those who need the extra energy for cell and tissue repair, for instance people recovering from traumatic injuries.

Reduces Bad Cholesterol

A compound that is unique to the pumpkin seed is phytosterols, and this compound has been directly linked to lowering the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. Further, it prevents the development of conditions like atherosclerosis and blood clots. It keeps blood vessels healthy and clear, thus reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. It is a commonly prescribed food product for those who are at risk of developing cardiovascular conditions.

Reduces Blood Pressure

Pumpkin seeds are rich in copper, and copper is known to increase the red blood cell or RBC count in the body. It also improves the passage of oxygenated blood. This property, combined with its low sodium content, reduces blood pressure and in turn, improves cardiovascular health. Pumpkin seeds are an invaluable cardiovascular booster.

Treats Insomnia

Pumpkin seeds contain an abundance of tryptophan and magnesium. Studies have shown that both have soothing qualities and can cause sedation. Experts recommend eating pumpkin seeds if you have high levels of stress that causes restlessness and insomnia. Insomnia can have degenerative effects on the body and mind in the long run. It has been known to reduce brain and organ function. Pumpkin seeds can combat these ailments effectively. They can be consumed at night for a restful sleep.

Prevents Kidney Stones

The wonderful antioxidants present in pumpkin seeds (which act as diuretics), have been known to combat toxicity in the body. Additionally, it has been known to have a positive impact on circulation as well as kidney and liver function. Through these activities, the pumpkin seed prevents the accumulation of uric acid in the body in the form of kidney stones. Besides uric acid, it also prevents the accumulation of other toxins that cause diseases like gout. In fact, pumpkin seeds are a great addition to a cleanse or detoxification diet.

Limits Parasitic Activity

Even before it was formalized through medical findings, pumpkin seeds were consumed as a way to eliminate tapeworms and other parasites from the body. Children, who are particularly susceptible to worms in the stomach, were given pumpkin seeds as a snack. Parasitic growth can result in malnutrition and incorrect growth, among other things, but can also result in death if untreated. Pumpkin seeds, therefore, are beneficial for gastrointestinal health in children as well as adults.

Prevents and Treats Osteoporosis in Women

The combination of minerals in the pumpkin seed is especially beneficial in preventing osteoporosis, a condition which normally affects older women. The high levels of zinc, copper, calcium and other minerals increase bone density and decrease bone weakness, both of which are signs of osteoporosis.

Uses of Pumpkin Seed

Pumpkin seeds can be consumed raw, although their shells can be tough to chew and digest, in which case they are roasted and eaten. There are numerous pumpkin seed recipes of both kinds, sweet and savory. The seeds are also a popular addition to coffee served by renowned, global coffee chains, in a beverage known as the Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Pumpkin beverages and the use of pumpkin seeds usually sees a sharp spike in the autumn season, especially in the United States where the pumpkin is also linked directly with Halloween. Pumpkin seeds are also used to extract pumpkin oil, which is a very healthy oil used in cooking.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Pumpkin Seed

Experts always recommend consuming pumpkin seeds in small to moderate quantities. The reason behind this recommendation is the high calorie content of this seed. If these calories are not consumed 100%,they can cause weight gain, which is not universally healthy. In obese people, it can exacerbate the condition. Further, limited findings that suggest that high consumption of these seeds can cause ejaculation problems in some men. The shells of the pumpkin seed are high on insoluble fiber, which can cause digestive problems such as constipation. High consumption of this seed, even without the husk, can cause flatulence and diarrhea. As pumpkin seeds can go bad fairly quickly, one should be very careful to check the health of the seeds before eating them. Rancid pumpkin seeds can increase the buildup of toxins and free radicals in the body, which is the opposite of what a healthy pumpkin seed is supposed to do for the body.

Cultivation of Pumpkin Seed

Pumpkin seeds have been an integral part of Native American and other cultural cuisines since the age of the Aztecs. However, there is evidence to suggest that the pumpkin was farmed far before that. It is frequently classified as one of the first three agricultural products in North America’s history. Historians believe that all parts of the fruit were consumed in one way or another, including the pumpkin seed.

Popular Questions & Answers

My penis 3 to 4 inch small but I need penis 6 to 7 inch Please medicine guide me.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Take, apples, carrots,  cheese,  pumpkins seeds, almonds, walnuts, black chocolates to strengthen your pelvic, groin & penile  muscles to check erectile dysfunction & premature ejaculation. Go for meditation to reduce your stress nourishing your penis. Make a ring (O) of index & thumb over your penis, bring  finger ring from  bottom of the shaft  to the apex  (glance)-10 to 40 times, using both the hands by tern, adding oil on shaft. Take warm water -bath to maintain blood supply to your penis. Take, Homoeo medicine:@ AshwagandhaQ -10 drops,  thrice with little water. Avoid,  junk food,  alcohol & nicotine. Take care.
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Hi. I need to increase my penis size an girth an sperm count too so wt I need to do pls help with tat.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Tk, apples, carrots,  cheese,  pumpkins seeds, almonds, walnuts, black chocolates to strengthen your pelvic, groin & penile  muscles to check erectile dysfunction & premature ejaculation. Go for meditation to reduce your stress nourishing your penis. Make a ring (O) joining index finger & thumb over your penis, bring  finger ring from  bottom of the shaft  to the apex  (glance)-10 to 40 times, using both the hands by tern, adding oil on shaft. Tk warm water -bath to maintain blood supply to your penis. Tk, Homoeo medicine:@ AshwagandhaQ -10 drops,  thrice with little water. Avoid,  junk food,  alcohol & nicotine. Tk care.
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DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Take plenty of water to hydrate your body. Go for meditation to reduce your stress, strengthening pelvic, groin & penile muscles to improve libido & premature ejaculation. Take apples, carrots,  spinach,  pumpkins seeds, almonds, ,black chocolates to improve testerstone level to check erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, ensuring raised sperm count. Your diet be easily digestible on time to avoid gastric disorder. Take  homoeopathic medicines:@ Acid phos 1000-6 pills,  wkly. @ DamianaQ -10 drops,  thrice with little water. Avoid,  junkfood,  alcohol &  nicotine. Take  care.
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I want a good muscle up body so what diet I should take and also have an head ache problem every second day.

Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
You just do proper muscular exrcise properly and then take protein rich food items with the guidance of physiotherapist and then take hot water strem for your headache that is enough.

How I loss weight rapidly and which protein shake is useful to me in gym please make a diet chart for me how I loss my weight rapidly.

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, Masters in Nutritional Therapy, Certified Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Hi lybrate-user, I would suggest you to follow a diet rich in proteins and fiber (like- animal/plant proteins- chicken, eggs, fish, tofu, soy milk, pulses, soyabean etc and fiber foods like- salad, fruits, vegetables). Also try to keep yourself hydrated the whole day and even during exercises. Also limit the intake of salt after 7 pm and avoid saturated fats and junk foods will you reduce weight. Take protein in natural form from foods and not from the supplements as it will give you the results initially but in the long run once you leave the supplements you may gain back your weight. So try to reduce weight naturally. Good Luck!

Popular Health Tips

Body Inflammation (Soojna) - 7 Foods That Can Help Reduce It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), C.R.A.V
Ayurveda, Delhi
Body Inflammation (Soojna) - 7 Foods That Can Help Reduce It!

Inflammation or soojan in the body can make it difficult for you to follow your daily routine. According to Ayurveda, this is caused by an imbalance of the pitta dosha. As the pitta dosha increases, the heat in the body also increases leading to inflammation and other issues. To reduce the pitta dosha, one must consume foods that are not hot or warm in nature and increase the consumption of foods that have a cooling effect.

7 amazing foods that can really help:

  1. Turmeric: Turmeric contains an important anti-inflammatory compound known as curcumin. This can help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, arteriosclerosis, asthma, and cancer. It also reduces the effects of inflammatory oxidants such as nitric oxide. Turmeric can be used to flavor foods or steeped into a tea.
  2. Flax: Nuts such as flax and pumpkin seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. They also help cool the body. Some other nuts and seeds that you could include in your diet are almonds that have been soaked in water overnight and peeled, sunflower seeds, coconut and popcorn without salt. Avoid nuts such as brazilian nuts, chia seeds, cashew nuts, walnuts and sesame seeds as they can increase body temperature.
  3. Garlic: Garlic is a wonder food that is very important in a pitta pacifying diet. Along with other nutrients, garlic contains allicin that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming garlic on a regular basis can also help protect a person against heart diseases by reducing inflammation in the veins and arteries.
  4. Ginger: According to Ayurveda, ginger is considered as an universal medicine. This herb has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation. It also aids in digestion and promotes healthy blood circulation. The best way to consume ginger to fight inflammation is to steep it in a tea.
  5. Whole grains: To reduce the pitta dosha, you should include plenty of dry, sweet whole grains in your diet. This includes barley, oats, quinoa, wheat and rice. These foods are good sources of fiber and proteins. They also have a low glycemic index and help maintain body temperature.
  6. Leafy vegetables: Vegetables that reduce the pitta dosha are usually sweet and astringent. These vegetables are best eaten raw at mid-day when the digestive system is functioning at its peak. Lettuce, kale, leeks, collard greens and wheat grass are some of the vegetables that you must include in your diet. On the other hand, avoid spicy vegetables like green chillies, onions, and radishes.
  7. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain lycopene that helps reduce inflammation in the lungs. This vegetable can be consumed raw or juiced but when cooked, the lycopene amount increases. However, avoid raw tomatoes as they can irritate the digestive system.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Homeopathy Helps Manage Headache?

BHMS, VLIR Belgium, Canadian Academy Of Homeopathy
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
How Homeopathy Helps Manage Headache?

Headache or cephalgia, though is not a serious disease, but the condition has become a part of our daily life for most most of us. Homeopathy form of medicine classifies the headache into two major types i.e. primary headache and secondary headache. Sinusitis, excessive stress and strain to spinal cord or neck due to improper posturing are the major cause for primary headaches.

Secondary headaches are just the warning signal of any other serious pathological disease condition in our body. It might be because of any trauma in head, craniotomy surgeries, and compression of nerve endings because of growing tumour in neck or brain.

Homeopathy is an ancient form of medicine which identifies the exact cause of headache for the person and treats accordingly. Thus, the treatment modalities change from one individual to the other.

Homeopathic medicines for headache:
Belladonna, Pulsatilla, Nux vomica, Bryonia, Gelsemium, iris, Sanguinaria and spigelia are the commonly used homeopathic medicine to treat any type of headache even if it is migraine.

Homeopathy also advices certain self care remedies to relieve headache

  1. Exercises and massage: Doing exercises and massages improve the circulation and thereby relieve the headache.
  2. Proper posturing: Identify the postures that causes excessive muscle contraction and strain to the neck and spinal cord. Maintaining good posture helps in relieving headache because of muscle contractions.
  3. Rest: Headache indicates that your body is lacking adequate rest. Relax and sleep to relieve headache is the best natural way to calm your body from stress.
  4. Eat small frequent meals: Headache sometimes may also occur as a result of low glucose level so split your meals and have as small frequent feeds. Include foods such as spinach, olive oil and tofu or pumpkin seeds for person who get headache as a result of hypoglycaemic effect.
  5. Cold compress: Applying ice pack over your forehead helps in relieving the nagging type of headache.
  6. Stay hydrated : Dehydration is the main cause of headache so have frequent sips of water to maintain the hydration status. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a homeopath and ask a free question.
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5 Ways to Cope with Hair Loss Naturally!

MBBS, MD-SKIN
Dermatologist, Ahmedabad
5 Ways to Cope with Hair Loss Naturally!

Hair loss often starts as a problem we tend to brush aside until it actually starts showing up in worrying quantities on the hair brush. Suddenly we observe our scalp to be more visible, there is more hair in the shower drain, on our shoulders and in our seat. It is common to shed around 50 hairs in a day but when this dramatically changes to 150+ a day, you need to take action as quickly as possible.

Hair loss can occur in men and women at any age. It can be a temporary phenomenon or an ongoing one and be caused by a range of reasons like change of environment, shampoo, genetic problems, health problems and more. The main thing is to first identify the reason for the hair fall before treating it for long term solutions. Here are some of the common ways to deal with hair loss:

  • Wash it right: Detangle your hair fully and slowly before you get into the shower. That way it won't get tangled and messy when wet. Next, use cold water to wash your hair. If the water is too hot, it may dry your hair and add to your problems. The most important step here is to use the right products for your hair wash. Use a mild shampoo as much as possible and take time out to deep condition your hair. Be sure to use products that you have tried and tested before only. Last but not the least use a hair serum after your wash to strengthen it and prevent breakage. Refrain from combing wet hair.
  • Get to the root of the cause: The most common reason for hair loss in both men and women is androgenetic alopecia also called pattern baldness. The most common occurrence happens around menopause. The other causes can be side effects of brief illness, stress and reaction to drugs. Once you catch the cause, the course of treatment can chart an effective path.
  • Try medication: There are several medicines out there that promise to revitalize your locks and enhance new hair growth. These include massage oils, scalp creams and oral pills all of which can be taken individually or in combination to promote hair growth. Be sure to consult a doctor before you start on this.
  • Improve your diet: Eating iron rich food with a copious quantity of protein and zinc can also work wonders to internally strengthen your hair. Pumpkin seeds, eggs, shellfish, wheat germ are some of the items you can include in your daily diet to improve your hair quality.
  • Hairstyle with care: Women can start with the simple hairstyling trick of adding layers which gives a sense of volume and bounce. Couple it with large curls and you have a perfect illusion of lush healthy hair. But limit the parlor to only haircuts. Avoid the blow dry or colouring, straightening or ironing that can cause further damage. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.
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Hair Care

MBBS, DDV
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Hair Care
  • The first step in hair care is your diet and the two most important things in your diet are iron and protein. The hair cells are the fastest growing cells in the body but they are also the first ones to be affected you don't eat right or suffer with deficiencies because they are not required for survival.
  • Try and include iron rich food like leafy vegetables, fish, pumpkin seeds, beans, chickpea, soybeans and cereals in your diet. Doctors suggest that you consume iron daily. You also need protein because that's what strengthens your hair. Include complete proteins which are also rich in amino acids: like cheese, milk, soy, lentils, peas, quinoa and yogurt.
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Zinc Deficiency - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

BHMS, Certificate in Gynaecology & Obestric, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Delhi

Causes:

  • Diet poor in zinc - inadequate intake of zinc rich foods like meat, shell fish, liver gelatin, beans, rice, bread, cereals lentils etc.
  • Strict vegetarians: their main foods are grains and legumes which are high in phytic acid and they hamper the absorption of zinc from the food.
  • Malabsorption syndrome.
  • Chron`s disease / ulcerative colitis.
  • Chronic liver disease.
  • Chronic renal disease.
  • Sickle cell disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Malignancies.
  • Smoking and high alcohol consumption.
  • Elderly are more prone to deficiency.

Sign and symptoms:

  • Reduced appetite.
  • Retarded growth.
  • Atrophy (shrinkage) of sexual organs.
  • Loss of hair.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Repiratory tract infection.
  • Keratosis (desquamation) of tongue.
  • Skin affections.
  • Dwarfism.
  • Cognitive impairment.
  • Infertility- low sperm count.
  • Delayed healing of wounds.
  • Decreased taste acuity.
  • Deficiency during pregnancy can cause abnormal labor and retarded fetal growth.
  • Increased risk of infection.

Dietary management:
Consume:
Consume foods rich in zinc: zinc is present in wide variety of foods especially along with proteins. Vegetarian diet contains less zinc compared to meat based diet. Best sources of zinc are -

  • Beef, crabmeat, oysters, lamb, pork, turkey, salmon, shellfish, chicken, clams, lobster, milk, yoghurt and cheese cheddar.
  • Whole wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice, spinach, lentils, beans, lima beans, rye bread, peas and baked potatoes. Meat, eggs and seafood.
  • Other sources of zinc are - green leafy vegetables, sea plants, japanese sea plants, yeast, nuts - cashews, almonds and peanuts, seeds - sesame and pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are one of the concentrated sources of zinc in vegetarian food.
  • Only 20% of the zinc present in diet is absorbed by our body, dietary fibers and phytic acid present in food inhibits absorption of zinc. Phytic acid and fiber are fond in foods like - bran, whole grain cereals, pulses and nuts.
  • Cooking process can reduce the effects of phytic acid and fibers on the absorption of zinc.
  • Ferment whole grains as enzymatic actions of yeast reduces the levels of phytic acid and thus absorption of zinc is adequate.

Table of Content

Pumpkin Seed
Nutritional Value of Pumpkin Seed
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seed
Improves Antioxidant Activity
Improves Prostate Health
Treats Arthritis and Reduces Inflammation
Acts as a Good Source of Plant Protein
Boosts Metabolism
Reduces Bad Cholesterol
Reduces Blood Pressure
Treats Insomnia
Prevents Kidney Stones
Limits Parasitic Activity
Prevents and Treats Osteoporosis in Women
Uses of Pumpkin Seed
Side-Effects & Allergies of Pumpkin Seed
Cultivation of Pumpkin Seed