What are Pumpkin Seeds?
The pumpkin is a gourd that is believed to have originated in the ancient Americas. The oldest pumpkin seeds were found in Mexico and dated back to about 7000 BC. Native Americans used every part of this superfood – the shell, sweet flesh and the small, nutritious seeds contained within them. Pumpkins were part of the deeply important “Three Sisters” crops – corn, beans, and squash – to be dried, eaten as food, and used as medicine.
Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are absolutely full of rest-inducing tryptophan, heart-healthy magnesium, zinc for immune support and protein for energy. They are also rich in iron, potassium, vitamin B, essential minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. Pumpkins are also believed to:
- Aid in soothing negative effects of menopause
- Provide anti-inflammatory effects
- Provide anti-diabetic effects
- Support heart, liver and prostate health