Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

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2. They’re High in Antioxidants

Pumpkin seeds contain vitamin E, carotenoids and other antioxidants.2‘Fluorescence screening of antioxidant capacity in pumpkin seed oils and other natural oils.’ European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ejlt.200390055. Antioxidants are compounds that minimize inflammation and prevent harmful free radicals from damaging cells, and eating foods that contain enough antioxidants may provide protection from many diseases.3‘Antioxidants, Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease.’ World Journal of Cardiology, Baishideng Publishing Group Inc, 26 June 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4072837.

Nutritionists believe some of the positive health effects of pumpkin seeds are partly due to their high levels of antioxidants. One study found pumpkin seed oil reduced inflammation of rats with arthritis, without any side effects.4‘Effect of Pumpkin-Seed Oil on the Level of Free Radical Scavengers Induced during Adjuvant-Arthritis in Rats.’ PubMed, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7784309.

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