Powerful Pumpkin for Powerful Health

Pumpkins are loaded with beta-carotene, the nutrient that gives it the orange color. In case you didn't know, beta carotene is converted into vitamin A in your body and nourishes your skin and hair. Besides beta carotene, pumpkin is high in Vitamin C, E, potassium, magnesium, zinc and fiber.

The potassium helps ward off hypertension and is known to help regulate blood pressure. It is important for healthy heart function. When nature balances this nutrient with magnesium, your heart benefits with healthy and strong heart beat regulation.

Zinc boosts your immune system and helps maintain bone density. In addiction, studies show that healthy doses of zinc may help reduce prostate size. Speaking of the prostate, eating about 1 ounce of pumpkin seeds, three times per week is also shown to benefit the prostate. Here's how...

Eating pumpkin seeds may help shrink an enlarged prostate with compounds called phytosterols. They may also help prevent testosterone from transforming into dihydrotestosterone, which is associated with an enlarged prostate when in high levels.

The fiber in pumpkin helps reduce the bad cholesterol in your body. And if you are looking to lose weight this holiday season, keep in mind that fiber helps you feel fuller quicker while that full feeling will last longer. Snack on pumpkin seeds for a healthy treat or steam pumpkin as a tasty side dish. Check out the recipe below for Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Bisque!

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