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Sep 29, 2010

Healthy Medicine : Halloween Healthy Pumkin Foods...

It's nearly Halloween again and that means: candy, costumes, and carving pumpkins....When you think of pumpkin, what comes to mind? Many people think of carving and smashing them. Others think of Halloween, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pie and pumpkin seeds; but did you know that pumpkin is a superfood?

IT’S hard to imagine a vegetable that is as versatile as the humble pumpkin....Pumpkins are rich in Vitamin A and potassium. They are also high in fiber. The conclusion you should now be reaching is that they are therefore good for you. Your conclusion is absolutely correct.....until you start adding other ingredients that make up many pumpkin recipes.

The brilliant colors of Fall are in bloom. With Fall comes a variety of nourishing hearty fruits and vegetables including the great pumpkin. This is the best time to find fresh pumpkin so take advantage of it! Fresh fruits and vegetables will always provide you with the most nutrients and natural enzymes that the body can use more readily. Pumpkin and its seeds provide many important nutrients, on top of loads of fun for family and friends.

Dr. Helen Lee, DC the Practitioner, offers the following nutritional benefits of pumpkin and its seeds.

Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkins:

# Organ Health: The nutrients in pumpkin and its seeds help support the health of your kidney, bladder and prostate.

# Vitamins: Pumpkin and its seeds contain nutrients such as vitamin C, E, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, both beta & alpha carotenoids (anti-oxidants which help prevent cell damage), and lutein (support healthy eyes).

# Sickness Prevention: Helps with minimizing osteoporosis, increases digestive health by helping with parasites & tapeworms, and lowering cholesterol.

# Protein: Pumpkin seeds are high in protein.

# Important Fact: Organic, raw pumpkin seeds will provide you with the most nutrients and enzymes.

# General Benefits: Pumpkin seeds help the body get rid of parasites and other unwelcomed digestive inhabitants, and they contain healthy essential fatty acid oils.

Dr. Helen Lee, DC recommends four ways to incorporate pumpkin into your everyday diet.

Easy ways to incorporate pumpkin into your diet:

# Pumpkin seed butter spread on toast

# A handful of raw pumpkin seeds as a snack or mixed with trail mix, on top of cereal

# Pumpkin baked or browned with spices in risotto, chili, rice, spaghetti

# Pumpkin pie/desserts/pancakes/waffles

Pumpkin is a nutritional powerhouse whose benefits are still being discovered. Pumpkin is filled with vitamins, nutritional value and tremendous health benefits. Few people actually know about the health benefit aspect that pumpkin offers.

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