Food for men’s health: Pumkin seeds

The most nutritious and flavorful seeds ever that you can enjoy, add more to yoru healthy diet and get young, healthy body back after every Halloween’s festive. The subtly sweet and nutty feature of pumkin seeds make a worthy choice for men.

Promote Prostate Health

Components in pumpkin seed oil are said to be able to interrupt the triggers of prostate cell multiplication by testosterone and DHT, although the exact mechanism for this effect is still a matter of discussion. The prostate-helpful components found in the oil extracts are definitely found in the seeds also. However, the question is whether the amount of seeds eaten for a normal snack would contain enough of these prostate-supportive components. The carotenoids found in pumpkin seeds, and the omega-3 fats found in pumpkin seeds are also being studied for their potential prostate benefits. Men with higher amounts of carotenoids in their diet have less risk for BPH; this is the connection that has led to an interest in pumpkin seed carotenoids.

(BPH – Benign prostatic hypertrophy, is a condition that commonly affects men 50 years and older in the United States. BPH involves enlargement of the prostate gland. One of the factors that contributes to BPH is overstimulation of the prostate cells by testosterone and its conversion product, DHT (dihydrotestosterone)).

Zinc is one further nutrient found in pumpkin seeds that might impact prostate function. The fact that pumpkin seeds serve as a good source of zinc may contribute to the role of pumpkin seeds in support of the prostate. However, studies about the relationship between zinc and BPH show mixed results, and more research is needed to determine the circumstances under which zinc might be helpful versus harmful.

Enhance men’s bones

Zinc-rich pumkin seeds are made a regular part of their healthy diet because of its bone mineral density. Pumkin seeds or Pepitas are also rich in the minerals manganese and magnesium. Manganese is a nutrient involved in numerous metabolic processes and protection against oxidative damage, while magnesium plays an important role in bone health and cardiovascular health.

With many delicious recipes from pepitas such as smoothie, salads,  soups, and cereals, or in pilafs, there is no reason to skip pumkin seed to your diet.

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