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Pumpkin seed

Improve bladder health: pumpkin seeds help relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges, causing problems with urination. Several studies in humans found that eating these seeds reduced symptoms associated with BPH. Further research suggests that taking pumpkin seeds or their products as supplements can help treat symptoms of an overactive bladder. The Moors of Al-Andalusia (later known as Iberia and now modern day Spain and Portugal) used to eat a handful of pumpkins every day to prevent prostrate cancer and improve sperm quality especially before conception. Sadly, this tradition has not been kept alive and forgotten.

High in magnesium: pumpkin seeds are one of the best natural sources of magnesium, a mineral that is often lacking in the diets of many Western populations.

Improve heart health: pumpkin seeds are a good source of antioxidants, magnesium, zinc and fatty acids, all of which may help keep your heart healthy.

Lower blood sugar levels: animal studies have shown that pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed powder and pumpkin juice can reduce blood sugar. This is especially important for people with diabetes, who may struggle to control their blood sugar levels.

High in fibre : pumpkin seeds are a great source of dietary fibre. Shelled seeds provide 1.1grams of fibre in a single 1oz (28 gram) serving. A diet high in fibre can promote good digestive health.

Improve sperm quality: Low zinc levels are associated with reduced sperm quality and an increased risk of infertility in men. Since pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc, they may improve sperm quality.

Improve sleep: if you have trouble sleeping, you may want to eat some pumpkin seeds before bed. They are a natural source of tryptophan, an amino acid that can help promote sleep. Consuming around 1gram of tryptophan daily is thought to improve sleep.

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