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4 Reasons to Get Your Fill Of Pumpkins This Fall!

The fall season is rich with gourds.

One of the most popular as you well know is pumpkin.

Pumpkins are an annual favorite for people who love autumn.

It turns out they’re actually one of the planet’s most nutritionally rich foods too.

Take a look at the following reasons to enjoy your fill of pumpkin this year.

1: They’re rich in antioxidants

The bright orange color of pumpkins signal they’re one of the best foods to enjoy based on antioxidant levels.  Rich in carotenoids, which often times serve antioxidants, the pumpkin can help fight conditions like cancer and other diseases caused by inflammation.

Just like carrots, the rich orange color of pumpkin signals that there’s a lot of Vitamin-A inside inside.

You might also know this as the antioxidant beta carotene.

It’s estimated just 1 cup of pumpkin is loaded with 150% -200% of your recommended value of beta carotene.

Considering beta carotene is great for eye health and other carotenoids in pumpkin are fighting inflammation this is a great reason to add it to your diet this fall.

2:  Pumpkins help keep your immune system health

Pumpkin is actually a well known source of nutrients that help support immune health.

Researchers wrote this about pumpkin:

Pumpkin is one of the well-known edible plants and has substantial medicinal properties due to the presence of unique natural edible substances. It contains several phyto-constituents belonging to the categories of alkaloids, flavonoids, and palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids. Various important medicinal properties including anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and others have been well documented.

Pumpkin is also quite high in immune boosting Vitamin-C.

1 serving has roughly 20% of the recommended value of this incredible nutrient.

This means it works very well to facilitate the battle against many of the sicknesses we encounter on  daily basis.  s.

3: Makes skin look better

Pumpkin applied externally can actually help you look better.

That’s because many of the nutrients contained in the pulp pf pumpkin can positively affect your skin’s tone.

Chris Obenschain for CNN shared this:

Sure, eating pumpkin can help you look younger (beta-carotene in pumpkin helps protect us from the sun’s wrinkle-causing UV rays), but the pulp also makes a great, all-natural face mask that exfoliates and soothes. All you need is 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie), an egg, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of milk. Mix, then apply it, wait for 20 minutes or so and wash it off with warm water.

4: Pumpkin can help battle obesity

Pumpkin is loaded with sugars.

But in this case the sugars actually aren’t bad for you and can actually help fight obesity.

In this case those carbs aren’t bad for your health.

Pumpkins are a member of the Cucurbitaceae genus and these foods are known for combatting spiking blood sugar.

Dr. Wiggy explains how this works.

Cucurbitaceae possess a certain kind of carbohydrate known as “cell wall polysaccharide” These sugars play an active role in keeping blood glucose levels normal. Several animal studies have shown this to be true.

Then there’s how pumpkin’s high fiber content makes you feel fuller, longer, which can curb an insatiable appetite.

Another added bonus to pumpkin, especially if you’re eating canned pumpkin is it’s low-calorie.

That’s because cooked or canned pumpkin is roughly 80% water. So it’ll keep you hydrated (which keeps you full) and will only do so at around 50 calories in a serving.

Now you have every reason and more to enjoy pumpkin this year.

Just makes sure whatever you eat isn’t loaded with added sugar and you’ll be fine.

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