6 Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Published On November 13, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | Eating Healthy, Fitness, Health, Weight Loss

One of the reasons Fall is my favorite time of the year is because that’s when just about everything pumpkin can be found just about anywhere. Pumpkin coffee. Pumpkin bagels. Pumpkin candles. And pumpkins! I love the scent, the taste and even the color. But just when I didn’t think there were anymore reasons to fall in love with this orange gourd of goodness (since I’m already hopelessly devoted), the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) just gave me a few more. Apparently, pumpkins have a healthy side and some of the benefits they provide may surprise you. Here are 6 health benefits of pumpkin:

A Pumpkin Slice a Day May Keep Those Glasses Away!

Pumpkins are rich in Vitamin A which promotes good vision, especially in low light according to Medline Plus.com. Those who don’t get enough Vitamin A may have vision problems.

Pumpkin Helps to Slim that Figure

Not a fan of canned pumpkin? Well, there’s a reason you should be. According to LiveStrong.com, a 1/2-cup serving of canned pumpkin provides 40 calories, 4 g of fiber and 1 g of protein and doesn’t contain fat. It’s also low in sodium. If you want to use that entire can, that’s okay too since you’ll be getting more fiber. Foods high in fiber help to keep the pounds at bay.

Be Kind to Your Heart and Eat Pumpkin Seeds

Recent studies have shown that plants, nuts and seeds containing phytosterol may lower cholesterol and prevent hardening of the arteries.

Pumpkin May Assist with Cancer Prevention

Pumpkins are high in beta-carotene which is an antioxidant. According to the National Cancer Institute, studies have shown that there is possibly a link between antioxidants and cancer prevention.

Protect Your Skin with Pumpkin

Health Magazine reported that the carotenoids, vitamins and enzymes present in pumpkins can help with skin hydration, cleansing and decelerate cell damage (the kind that ages skin).

Pumpkin Can Boost Your Immune System (Maybe)

Pumpkin is also rich in Vitamin C. This particular vitamin has thought to aid in immune health, however, this is still up for debate.

Regardless of the benefits, pumpkins are awesome. It’s just a shame that they’re only available this time of year, especially since my kids want to go the pumpkin patch all year round!

For more information about Cancer Treatment Centers of America, visit their website at www.cancercenter.com. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @CancerCenter.

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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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