Pumpkin and its benefits for your health

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Pumpkin is one of the oldest cultivated plants. Traces of its cultivation were discovered sometime three thousand years before Christ in Mexico. After the discovery of America, pumpkins reached the European continent and in the 16th century Russia. Pumpkin has the largest weight of all known cultivated plants, with 73% of the pulp. But this is not, as you know, the main thing that interests us about pumpkins.
The main thing is that it contains a number of valuable and useful substances, such as carotene (provitamin A), vitamins C and B, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, silicon, cobalt and a very rare vitamin T responsible for blood clotting, platelet production and acceleration of metabolic processes.
Due to this rich natural “vitamin-mineral” complex, pumpkin has been used since ancient times for medical purposes. Pumpkin is recommended for weight loss peel, for the treatment of cough and chest pain. And, for example, a mixture of pumpkin juice with rose oil soothes pain in the ears and throat.

Nutritional value of pumpkin

It contains a lot of vitamins, especially vitamin A
Pumpkin has a really impressive nutritional profile. One cup of boiled pumpkin (approx. 245 grams) contains:

Calories: 49
Fat: 0.2 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 12 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Vitamin A: up to 245% of the recommended daily intake (DDD)
Vitamin C: 19% DDD
Potassium: 16% DDD
Copper: 11% DDD
Manganese: 11% DDD
Vitamin B2: 11% DDD
Vitamin E: 10% DDD
Iron: 8% DDD
Small amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate and several B vitamins.

In addition to being loaded with vitamins and minerals, it also has relatively few calories, as it is 94% water. Pumpkin also contains a lot of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that turns your body into vitamin A.

High levels of antioxidants in Pumpkin can reduce the risk of chronic diseases

Free radicals are molecules produced by your body’s metabolic process. Although highly unstable, they have useful roles such as killing harmful bacteria. However, excessive amounts of free radicals in your body create a condition called oxidative stress, which has been linked to chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer .
Pumpkins contain antioxidants such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin .These can neutralize free radicals and stop them from damaging cells .Test studies in animals and animal studies have shown that these antioxidants protect the skin from sun damage and reduce the risk of cancer, eye diseases and other conditions. However, more research on people is needed.

Vitamin A, lutein and Zeaxanthin can protect your eyesight

It is quite common for vision to deteriorate with age. Fortunately, consuming the right foods and nutrients can reduce the risk of poor eyesight. And just pumpkin is rich in nutrients that are associated with strong eyesight.

For which health problems is pumpkin a good choice?

Atherosclerosis
Pectins in pumpkins bind excess cholesterol, which contributes to the treatment and prevention of atherosclerosis. Therefore, pumpkins should always be part of the diet, especially in the elderly.

Insomnia, anxious sleep
Pumpkin is also used for its soothing properties. For insomnia at night, drink a glass of pumpkin broth with honey.

Dental caries
The high content of fluoride in pumpkin pulp helps prevent tooth decay. The required daily dose of 1 mg can be obtained by eating 500-600 g of pumpkin.

Anemia
The pulp contains a lot of iron, so we recommend eating 20-150 grams of cooked pumpkin 4 times a day.

Burns, wounds
If you have burns, fresh pumpkin porridge is used to heal the wound more quickly.

Edema in patients with heart and kidney disease
Pumpkin enhances urine production due to the presence of large amounts of potassium and water salts and very small amounts of sodium. Treatment – just eat boiled pumpkin in the form of porridge twice a day.

Prostatitis, kidney stone and stones in the bladder
Pumpkin juice is used to speed up the process of dissolving stones in the kidneys and bladder. The juice is drunk 200 ml 3-4 times a day.

Body cleansing
Pumpkin pectin acts as an absorbent, binding and removing bacteria and their toxins from the body, many harmful substances, including heavy metals – mercury , lead, radioactive elements and other toxins. Therefore, the purification of pumpkins is very useful for problems with salt deposition – for osteochondrosis , gout, rheumatoid arthritis, it is generally recommended for the kidneys and liver.

Gastric or duodenal ulcer
2 weeks after the acute illness, you can include boiled pumpkin in the form of porridge in the patient’s diet.

And what about pumpkin seeds?

Pumpkin seeds contain up to 40% fatty oils, phytosterols – cornbitol (natural hormonally active substances), resinous and protein substances, carotenoids, sugars, vitamin C, zinc, salicylic acid, phytin, other compounds.

Pumpkin seeds have been used since ancient times to secrete parasitic worms. In addition to anthelmintic properties (acting against parasitic worms), they also have a diuretic, anti-inflammatory and slightly laxative effect.

For the elimination of parasitic worms
Prepare this amount of seeds (according to the patient):

children up to 5 years – 100-150 gr.,
5-7 years – 200 gr.,
10 years – 300 gr.,
adults – 500 gr.
Grind this amount in a grinder and pour in the resulting mass with twice the amount of water. The mixture was then poured into a water bath and evaporated on low heat for 2 hours. Be careful not to cook the mixture. Then everything is filtered through gauze. It is used on an empty stomach. A laxative is used 2 hours after taking the decoction.

Prostatitis
Pumpkin seeds contain a lot of zinc. Therefore, pumpkin is very useful for men, it can prevent prostatitis and improve the work of the entire genitourinary system (genitourinary system). In addition, pumpkin seeds strengthen the muscles of the bladder.

Pumpkins and contraindications

Pumpkin has a strong alkalizing effect. It is not suitable for patients with gastritis with low acidity, diabetes and exacerbations (worsening or new flare-up of the disease) of stomach and duodenal ulcers.

Pumpkin is also considered a mild diuretic, which means that if you eat a lot of pumpkin, it can cause increased urinary excretion. Although it may seem insignificant, this effect can harm people taking certain medications, such as lithium. Diuretics can weaken the body’s ability to remove lithium, which can cause serious side effects.


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