Tis’ the season for pumpkins! From pumpkin in your coffee to pumpkin in your pie, it’s officially the season of “pumpkin” everything. But pumpkin isn’t just delicious, there’s a lot of impressive health benefits. Here are four reasons to be totally obsessed with this season’s superfood. (Now you can drink your pumpkin spice latte and eat your fresh pumpkin pie without any guilt!)
Pumpkins are very high in beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body turns into vitamin A. Studies show that vitamin A improves wrinkles and brown spots associated with natural aging. Consuming Vitamin A helps to renew your skin’s cells to increase the production of collagen for youthful-looking skin.
2) Lowers Blood Pressure
Studies have shown that eating pumpkin seeds is good for the heart! The seeds of a pumpkin contain around half your recommended daily intake of magnesium, which has been linked to help lower blood pressure. Next time you’re preparing a pumpkin, make sure you reserve the seeds.
3) Aids in Weight Loss
Because pumpkin is low in calories and high in fiber, it is an ideal vegetable for weight loss. Adding pumpkin to your diet can help keep your appetite in check by slowing down your digestion. You will feel fuller faster and at the same time re-fuel your body with nutrients.
4) Promotes Better Sleep
Pumpkin seeds have a relatively high amount of the amino acid tryptophan. Your body uses tryptophan to make serotonin which helps you to relax and fall asleep. In fact, you’ll not only fall asleep quicker but will experience a much deeper sleep. (This could be why you feel so sleepy after eating your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie!)