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Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej) And Its Side Effects

Pumpkin seed is a chewy snack that doubles up as a phenomenal health food. With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. They also contain plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants that gives our health an added boost. Also, because pumpkin seeds are rich source of fiber i.e., 50 grams per 1,000 calories consumed, the seeds facilitate healthy digestion.

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej) And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)
Nutritional Value of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)
Mineral Support
Prevents Diabetes
Antimicrobial Benefits
Cancer Related Benefits
Possible Benefits for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats
Prostate Health
Benefits for Postmenopausal Women
Heart and Liver Health
Tryptophan for Restful Sleep
Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
Skin and Hair Benefits
Uses of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)
Origin And Cultivation of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)

Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)

Pumpkin seeds—also known as pepitas—are flat, dark green seeds. Some are encased in a yellow-white husk (often called the 'shell'), although some varieties of pumpkins produce seeds without shells. Pumpkin seeds have a malleable, chewy texture, and a subtly sweet, nutty flavor. Pumpkins and pumpkin seeds belong to the gourd or Cucurbitaceae family. The most common species of pumpkin used for its seeds are Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita mixta, and Cucurbita moschata.

Nutritional Value of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)

Pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber and have various nutrients and minerals. They have fiber: 1.7 grams, Carbs 5 grams, protein: 7 grams, fat: 13 grams (6 of which are omega-6s), Vitamin K: 18% of the RDI, Phosphorous: 33% of the RDI, Manganese: 42% of the RDI, Magnesium: 37% of the RDI, Iron: 23% of the RDI, Zinc: 14% of the RDI, and Copper: 19% of the RDI.

Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)

Mineral Support

Plants that have a close relationship with the soil are often special sources of mineral nutrients, and pumpkin is no exception. Subsequently, pumpkin is a good source of minerals like zinc, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and copper. Zinc is important for our body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, our senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function. Magnesium participates in a wide range of vitally important physiological functions, including the creation of ATP, the synthesis of RNA and DNA, the pumping of heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your vessels, and proper bowel function.

Prevents Diabetes

Most of the evidence we've seen about pumpkin seeds and prevention or treatment of diabetes has come from animal studies. Subsequently, people consider research in this area to be preliminary. However, recent studies on laboratory animals have shown the ability of ground pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed extracts, and pumpkin seed oil to improve insulin regulation in diabetic animals. Further pumpkin seeds prevent bad effects of diabetes on kidney function. Decrease in oxidative stress has played a key role in many studies that show benefits of pumpkin seeds for diabetic animals.

Antimicrobial Benefits

Pumpkin seeds and extracts, and pumpkin seed oil are believed to offer anti-microbial benefits including anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. The lignans in pumpkin have also been shown to have antimicrobial and especially anti-viral properties. Impact of pumpkin seed proteins and pumpkin seed phytonutrients like lignans on the activity of a messaging molecule called interferon gamma is likely to be involved in the antimicrobial benefits associated with this food.

Since oxidative stress is believed to play a role in the development of some cancers, and pumpkin seeds are unique in their composition of antioxidant nutrients, it's not surprising to see some research based evidence that indicates reduced cancer risk upon its regular consumption. The research focuses on prostate and breast cancers when we talk about pumpkin seed intake, and much of that attention has been limited to the lignan content of pumpkin seeds.

Possible Benefits for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Pumpkin seed oil and extracts are usually used in treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is a health problem that involves non-cancer enlargement of the prostate gland, and it usually affects the middle-aged and older men in the U.S. Studies show that various nutrients in the pumpkin seeds show beneficial effects on BPH, and have phytosterols, lignans, and zinc. Further, research on phytosterols holds great value, and it focuses on three phytosterols found in pumpkin seeds namely beta-sitosterol, sitostanol, and avenasterol. The phytosterols campesterol, stigmasterol, and campestanol have also been found in pumpkin seeds in some studies.

Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats

Pumpkin seeds are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3s. We all need ALA; however, ALA should be converted by our body into the far more essential omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. So, while pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of ALA, it is essential to get some of our omega-3 fats from animal sources, such as krill oil, as well.

Prostate Health

Pumpkin seeds are considered good for men's health. This is because they have more zinc content, which is important for prostate health where it is found in the highest concentration in the body. Further, pumpkin seed oil and extracts help in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate). Research suggests that both pumpkin seeds and oil may be helpful in supporting prostate health. Further, Pumpkin seeds help improve sperm quality and fertility in men.

Benefits for Postmenopausal Women

Pumpkin seed oil is rich in natural phytoestrogens and studies suggest it may lead to a significant increase in good 'HDL' cholesterol along with decrease in blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women.

Heart and Liver Health

Pumpkin seeds have anti-oxidants and fibers. They also have healthy fats, and may provide benefits for heart and liver health, particularly when mixed with flax seeds.

Tryptophan for Restful Sleep

Serotonin, the rest hormone of the human body induces the feeling of well-being. Pumpkin seed oil contains tryptophan. Tryptophan is easily broken down to serotonin in the human body. Thus, it induces peaceful sleep. Subsequently, pumpkin seed oil is an amazing therapy for people suffering from depression, anxiety and sleeplessness. Our body converts Tryptophan into serotonin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the 'sleep hormone.' Eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed may be especially beneficial in providing body the tryptophan needed for melatonin and serotonin production to help promote a restful night's sleep.

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Pumpkin seed oil has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. One animal study found it worked as an anti-inflammatory drug in treating arthritis, but without the side effects.

Skin and Hair Benefits

Pumpkin seeds are very good for skin care. They moisturize skin. The zinc in them fights acne and reduces the redness with its anti-inflammatory properties. With the vitamin A, they help to heal wound fast. Also, they prevent premature skin aging. They lower the risks of skin cancer. Besides skin, the nutrients like L-lysine, iron and omega 3 fatty acids improve hair growth and quality. They stop hair fall, prevent dandruff and keep hair healthy.

Uses of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)

Since pumpkin seeds are highly portable and require no refrigeration, they make an excellent snack to keep with us whenever we're on the go, or they can be used as a quick anytime snack at home, too. While roasted pumpkins seeds are probably best known for their role as a perennial Halloween treat, these seeds are so delicious and nutritious that they can be enjoyed throughout the year. In many food markets, pepitas are available in different forms—raw and shelled, raw and unshelled, roasted and shelled, roasted and unshelled.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)

Though pumpkin seeds have no side effects, some people do face issues such as stomach pain. These are not recommended for infants, and pregnant and breastfeeding women. Some people also sometimes get allergy. Some even gain weight. These are also risky for low blood pressure.

Origin And Cultivation of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)

Though pumpkin seeds have no side effects, some people do face issues such as stomach pain. These are not recommended for infants, and pregnant and breastfeeding women. Some people also sometimes get allergy. Some even gain weight. These are also risky for low blood pressure.

Popular Questions & Answers

Dr. what are the health benefits of Pumpkin Seeds what is it good for How is it useful for hair problems.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
It usually acts as an anti oxidant and hence detoxifies the hair follicles and helps in growth of hair
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Hi, Please suggest Protein rich food list ,food that helps in hair growth, weight loss and strength.

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, B.Pharma, MD - Alternate Medicine
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
Veg Protein are Almond flour, NutroActive BrownXatta, Milk & Milk Products and Quinoa Non-veg Protein are egg, chicken.
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How to block DHT? What are the factors effecting the increased production of DHT?

M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
FOODS THAT BLOCK DHT- Saw Palmetto. Pygeum (Prunus Africana) Nettle Root. Pumpkin Seeds. Tomatoes, Watermelon, Carrots, and Mangoes. Almonds, Walnuts, Peanuts, and Pecans. Spinach, Kale, Cashews, Wheat Germ, and Cooked White Mushrooms. Green Tea.
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May I know the dry fruit and fruits which can cure pre ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. And how to consume pumpkin seeds.

MBBS, Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education (DNHE), Diploma in Clinical Cosmetology
General Physician, Noida
Pumpkin seeds contain high levels of zinc for bigger loads. You should either chew the seeds or swallow them whole. You can take diet that may help in raising sperm count like Almonds/ milk/ yoghurt/cashews/ water melon seeds/Pumpkin seeds

Doctor am 23 years old every day morning I eat 25gram of dry fruits badam, pista,walnut, black grapes, black dates, dry fig and pumpkin seeds. Each in 25gram it's good for health? It makes belly fat?

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hi lybrate-user. What time do you eat this combination? Eating dry fruits in limited quantities along with healthy diet and balanced one won't make you put on weight as such. For your height you are a bit overweight. So advice you to have this combination but avoid overeating fried n junk foods.
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Popular Health Tips

Health Tip

MSPT (Master of Physical Therapy)
Physiotherapist, Indore
Health Tip

As we age, our organs and body as a whole start to deteriorate, which results in many age-related conditions. Bone and joint pain is one of the most common body aches with the passage of time. Many people consider it untreatable and try to soothe the pain with painkillers and other medications, but there is a way of treating the pain completely naturally and with no side-effects

  • The knees are one of the body parts that is subjected to a lot of wear and tear over time. They support our weight and are very important for our movement, which is why they need to be protected. Additionally, our joints can be easily worn down due to a number of factors such as bad posture or inflammation.
  • Once joint or bone pain kicks in, it will only increase if left untreated. These aches are usually among the first symptoms of aging, and they progress over time. They won’t go away after a while and should be treated as soon as possible in order to avoid bigger problems. Luckily, this can all be relieved with a simple natural remedy that will provide the joints with essential nutrients and protect them from damage.
  •  The natural treatment we have for you today can heal your joints and strengthen them and your bones as well. It contains essential nutrients which can prevent numerous problems. What we eat has a profound impact on our overall health including the health of our joints and bones. Nourishing the body with vitamins and minerals becomes increasingly more important overage, and this remedy will help you do exactly that. Here’s how to prepare it:
  1. Ingredients - 40 gr. Of pumpkin seeds200 gr. Of honey2 tablespoons of unflavored gelatin3 tablespoons of raisins8 tablespoons of flaxseedspreparation and use
  2. Just mix all the ingredients in a blender until you get a homogenous mixture.
  3. Take a tablespoon of the remedy twice a day and continue with it until you feel positive results.
  4. Try the remedy yourself, and you will restore your mobility soon!
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5 Best Foods to Boost Male Fertility!

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
5 Best Foods to Boost Male Fertility!

There can be many reasons why you are willing to increase your health, either from just to have a strong relationship to increasing your family. No matter what is your reason, but maintaining your health is very vital.

There are many ways through which you can increase your sperm count, but mostly the natural ways are recommended to achieve the best results without any side effects at all. Around 2 out of 5 couples are experiencing issues with fertility, one of the main reasons they can't conceive is that they don't even know they have any issue. So make sure that after 2 years of trying you contact your doctor, and try the natural methods in start to increase the sperm count.

When you are willing to start your family, make sure that you do some important changes in your life, such as exercise, maintain a healthy lifestyle and also eat a diet which is highly nutritional and you eat foods on a regular basis that can aid you in increasing your health.

Here is a list of foods that can help you increase your sperm count naturally.

1. Tomatoes

You may have heard so many other beneficial things about tomatoes, but this is also a super food. There are several studies which have proved that tomatoes can actually aid in increasing the sexual health of a man. Different antioxidants are found in tomatoes, and the fact that they are available in every season makes eating them regularly easy. Regular use of tomatoes can aid in increasing the motility of sperm (it's the action of sperms to move, swim easily and faster), along with increasing the structure and activity of the sperm.

The best thing about tomatoes is that you can eat them raw in salads or as snack, but also you can eat them cooked. The cooked tomatoes have increased level of Lycopene.

2. Walnuts

The best thing about eating any nuts is that you can eat them as snack at any time, and automatically they are added in your diet providing you different health benefits that you will be amazed to know about. The walnuts are very rich in omega 3 fatty acids, and according to different studies eating around 75 g of walnuts a day can literally increase your sperm count, vitality, motility and morphology which is very beneficial for conceiving.

If you don't want them as snacks, you can add them in your salads not only they will give a nice crunch to your salads but also you can taste something new. They also help a lot to manage sugar and blood levels.

3. Pumpkin Seeds

This is another great option to use as snack, or just to give a new pop of flavor in your salad. They are very high in zinc levels, and aid a lot in sperm development and testosterone production. Make sure that you choose the raw organic pumpkin seeds for best nutritional benefits. You can also sprinkle them on your cereals and soups to increase the taste a bit.

4. Lentils

You can definitely see now how seeds are helpful for increasing the fertility of a male, so here is another one. Lentils are the best source if you are looking to get the max amount of natural folic acid, which is very vital for make fertility. Men with lower intake of folate have higher risks of developing different abnormalities in their sperm.

If you are a vegetarian, then there are many different ways through which you can add lentils in your diet. Such as add Asian spices in lentils, also you can make soups.

5. Blueberries

They are powerful source for anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants. They are also packed with quercetin, which is very helpful in order to maintain the structure and health of sperm naturally. If you regularly eat blueberries you can see better results in motility and vitality in your sperm count.

Best amount to eat almost every day is just a handful, you can use them as snacks, or just to add a new pop of flavor in your mouth. You can make smoothie, ice pops, or even add them in your cereal bowl.

 

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6 Natural Foods To Increase Your Sex Drive!

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
6 Natural Foods To Increase Your Sex Drive!

If you look at ancient scriptures, scientific study and myths, you will come to know that there are a lot of natural elements that trigger your ex drive. If you also want to increase your sexual strength, we suggest that you check out 6 foods that we have talked about in this article. Read on.

1. Olives

First of all, it's a fact that we love olives. Almost all of us use olives in salads and Subways. We make them part of our pizzas. The good news is that olives trigger your sex drive as well, especially green olives. They are popular for making you more virile. On the other hand, black olives are good for women. So, you should make olives part of your routine.

2. Garlic

Garlic is on the list of fascinating foods. The great thing about garlic is that it strengthens your immune system. As a result, you can fight various diseases in a better way. Apart from this, garlic improves the blood circulation in your body. In other words, garlic acts as a performance booster for you when you are with your partner in bed. Therefore, we suggest that you munch on some garlic cloves on a regular basis.

3. Pumpkin Seeds

In India, it's a common practice to munch on dried seeds of pumpkin. As a matter of fact, popping the seeds and then eating them first thing in the morning is a common thing in India. The reason is that these seeds are rich in lots of vitamins and other essential things that give you a lot of strength. Aside from this, pumpkin seeds have a lot of tyrosine, which is an amino acid that can uplift your mood.

4. Asparagus

In simple words, Indian Ayurveda, especially the great Kamasutra proclaims that asparagus have powerful chemical properties that help you fight fatigue and a lot of other diseases. Asparagus are heavy with potassium, vitamins and a lot of things that keep you energized to do heavy-duty pumping. So, you may want to check this out and see if it works for you.

5. Banana

According to experts, bananas are on the list of top aphrodisiacs that we know. Aside from being full of potassium and vitamins, bananas help you stay alert. Moreover, bananas are full of bromelain that are popular for its properties that increase libido. So, eating bananas is a great idea.

6. Oysters

Oysters have been used since ages in order to increase men's sex drive. Aside from this, oysters have been supported by scientists. The experts say that they boost the release of testosterone in males and estrogen in females. Therefore, you may want to visit the local fish market and buy some fresh fish.

 

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6 Foods that Can Help You to Get a Glowing Skin

Masters In Dietetics & Food Service Management, B.Sc.- Dietitics / Nutrition, Reebok Instructor Course
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
6 Foods that Can Help You to Get a Glowing Skin

We are all aware of how certain foods affect our overall health and weight. There are foods that work more than just boosting your metabolism or keeping a check on your blood sugar levels. Some foods can even improve your skin’s quality!

Here are some foods you can incorporate in your diet for healthy, glowing skin:

  1. Tomatoes: The chemical that imparts tomato its red colour, lycopene, has amazing benefits for your skin. Lycopene is an antioxidant that can brighten skin and slow down aging. The best way to reap its benefits is to eat tomato-based foods 3-5 times in a week.

  2. Green Tea: Loaded with antioxidants, and acne-fighting powers, the humble green tea can protect your skin like no other. From acne to dull skin to aging, 3 to 5 cups of green tea can keep all that at bay, and give you healthy, glowing skin.

  3. Berries: Berries that are deeply coloured, such as cherries, strawberries and blueberries, are packed with antioxidants, which can counter blemishes and add that coveted glow to your face.

  4. Seafood and Fish: Seafood and fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids—a source of good fats. Eating good amounts of fats actually slows the process of wrinkling and combats acne problems, and everybody knows these two skin problems are a glowing skin’s biggest enemies. You can eat 5 servings of fish in a week to make your skin supple and glow.

  5. Pumpkin Seeds: It’s not surprising that pumpkin seeds are called superfoods. These minuscule seeds contain numerous essential minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. They are rich in antioxidants and provide generous quantities of vitamins E and A, and contain essential vitamins including vitamin K and B. It protects your cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, promotes skin renewal, and anti-aging skin care. Enjoy pumpkin seeds on their own as a snack, add them into a homemade trail mix, or sprinkle them on yogurt or oatmeal.

  6. Carrots: Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which prevents cell degeneration. It slows down aging and adds a healthy glow to your skin. Carrots contain vitamin A, which has been found to have beneficial effects on wrinkles, lines and dull skin. You can drink carrot juice, or put them in your salads to get maximum benefits. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.

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Want to Improve Your Hair Growth? 7 Foods You Must Eat

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Surat
Want to Improve Your Hair Growth? 7 Foods You Must Eat

Do you often see clumps of hair in your palms when you are washing your hair? Hair loss is a common problem; one of the major causes of hair loss is dietary deficiencies. The hair requires certain minerals and Vitamins to allow it to grow and remain healthy. Thus, your food intake plays an important role in the health of the hair.

Some of these foods are:

  1. Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A which is a must for a healthy scalp. Try to get at least two servings of this sweet variant of the humble potato every day to meet the daily requirements of Vitamin A.
  2. Avocados: Avocados are rich in fatty acids which are present in the skin cells; these fatty acids present in them help make your hair healthy and supple. They are also good for your skin as they stimulate collagen production.
  3. Carrot: Carrot is rich in beta carotenes that prevent hair fall. Carrots also stimulate the growth of hair and improve blood circulation in the scalp. It also helps in protecting hair from pollutants such as dust.
  4. Pumpkin Seeds: Zinc is a mineral that your body requires to prevent dryness of the scalp, thus allowing your hair to be healthy. You can sprinkle pumpkin seeds on your salads and have them regularly to meet daily zinc requirements of your body.
  5. Strawberries: Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C that helps in fortifying your hair and preventing hair breakage. Vitamin C also helps in calming the immune system, thus reducing the likelihood of acne.
  6. Almonds: Almonds consist of Vitamin E that helps in protecting your hair and skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Almonds also help in repairing hair damage that results from chemically treated hair.
  7. Beans: Iron is a mineral, the deficiency of which causes hair thinning. Women become prone to iron deficiency towards the end of their menstrual cycles. Beans are rich in iron that promotes healthy hair growth and also contains antioxidants that prevent free radical damage. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.
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Table of Content

Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)
Nutritional Value of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)
Mineral Support
Prevents Diabetes
Antimicrobial Benefits
Cancer Related Benefits
Possible Benefits for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats
Prostate Health
Benefits for Postmenopausal Women
Heart and Liver Health
Tryptophan for Restful Sleep
Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
Skin and Hair Benefits
Uses of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)
Origin And Cultivation of Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu Ke Beej)