A recent study found that pumpkin seeds – or, specifically, the seed extract – has tremendous medicinal value for an enlarged prostate and can even help slow cancer progression.
In the study, researchers found that pumpkin seed extract reduced prostate size by up to 20 per cent – which is A GODSEND if you’re one of the half of all men over age 60 with benign prostate hyperplasia – an enlarged prostate.
In a laboratory tests, pumpkin seed extract was able to help slow the progression of breast, prostate, and colon cancer cells by nearly half.
This is likely because of the plant sterols, known as phytosterols, which have been shown to slow cancer cell growth and reproduction.
Now, this study did focus on the extract from the Styrian pumpkin, which produces those green “pepitas” and not the pumpkins you see on a doorstep during Halloween.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that all other varieties of pumpkins are not as health. Quite the opposite… the orange “flesh” of pumpkin, including the seeds, is loaded with beta-carotene, a super antioxidant found in foods with an orange hue (like carrots) that can help keep cancer at bay (and your skin smooth and wrinkle-free, to boot).
The beta-carotene is good for your eyes too and so are the vitamins A, and E that you’ll also find in pumpkin.
And pumpkin is rich in potassium, which a 2011 study in rats showed that pumpkin seed extract significantly reduced blood pressure after just six weeks. And as long as it’s not used in sugary pies or other unhealthy treats, its high fibre content makes pumpkin great for weight loss.
You can replace oil or butter with pumpkin puree in almost any baking recipe. Or you can mix it with your yogurt or add it to your morning power smoothie with other potassium-rich foods like banana, pineapple, and orange to get a nutrient boost.
The seeds alone are also a delicious snack when slightly toasted. Just clean the seeds, drizzle with some olive oil and bake on a baking sheet for a snack even the grandchildren will enjoy!Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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