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High Blood Pressure? Put a Pumpkin Lid on it!

A picture of pumpkins and squashes. Scientifically-speaking, a pumpkin is a type of squash under the genus cucurbita.
A picture of pumpkins and squashes. Scientifically-speaking, a pumpkin is a type of squash under the genus cucurbita.

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The Pumpkin and Halloween are synonymous because of a tradition in America that started in the 1800s for the autumn season.  For that reason, many people think little more of the yellow-orange squash than its use as a Jack-O-Lantern and maybe as pie filling afterwards.

Pumpkins that are carved for decorations are called Jack-O-Lanterns.
Pumpkins that are carved for decorations are called Jack-O-Lanterns.

But there’s more to the pumpkin than a Halloween decoration. This versatile fruit ─ yes, fruit, according to its definition and many sites including the Mayo Clinic ─ has many nutrients up its well…amber-shelled “sleeve” as it were, like vitamins and minerals that include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Thiamin, B-6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus. Yet it is low in calories. So that makes the pumpkin a very versatile, multi-beneficial, nutrient-dense fruit indeed.

A shrimp-pumpkin soup recipe from The Latin Kitchen. But there are many other ways to cook up a pumpkin storm, not to mention, incorporating it into cookie, pie and cake baking.
A shrimp-pumpkin soup recipe from The Latin Kitchen. But there are many other ways to cook up a pumpkin storm, not to mention, incorporating it into cookie, pie and cake baking.

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Here are 6 ways the widely-available pumpkin can boost your health:

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The Fiber, Potassium, and Vitamin C content in pumpkin is good for the heart. For the treatment of hypertension or High Blood Pressure, consuming Potassium is almost as important as decreasing salt intake.

According to Today’s Dietitian Magazine, increased potassium intake is associated with reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density, and reduction of kidney stone formation.

Pour a little pumpkin luurve on your heart.
Pour a little pumpkin luurve on your heart.

2 Anti-Cancer, especially Prostate and Colon Cancer

The Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition has found that consumption of Beta-Carotene reduces the occurrence of prostate cancer. Beta-carotene has also been shown in the next study from the Department of Gastroenterology, Japanese Red Cross Kyoto Daiichi Hospital, to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer in the Japanese population.

The Big C ─ yes, that would be cancer. The pumpkin, along with other fruits, has shown promising results against it.
The Big C ─ yes, that would be cancer. The pumpkin, along with other fruits, has shown promising results against it.

3 Promotes Eye Health

Everybody knows the benefits of the Beta-Carotene in red foods such as carrots, which is why the carrot is often cited to be good for the eyes. But did you know that the same nutrients, in fact more, are also found in the pumpkin as well?

The antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Beta-Carotene have been shown to support eye health and prevent degenerative damage.

For eyes as sharp as owls’, eat Beta-Carotene-rich fruits and vegetables. Pic from The Tuscan Home
For eyes as sharp as owls’, eat Beta-Carotene-rich fruits and vegetables. Pic from The Tuscan Home

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A study, involving more than 100,000 participants, concluded that antioxidant vitamins and Beta-Carotene does lower the risk of age-related maculopathy ─ damage to the part of the eye that provides our central vision. So, keep ’em forever sharp with a dose of pumpkin resilience!

4 Boosts Fertility

Consuming more iron from plant sources such as spinach, beans, pumpkin, tomatoes, and beets appear to promote fertility in women, according to Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Publications.

The Vitamin A in pumpkin (consumed as Beta-Carotene which is then converted Vitamin A in the body) is also essential for pregnancy and lactation.

The iron content in pumpkins as well as other fruits and vegetables promotes women’s fertility.
The iron content in pumpkins as well as other fruits and vegetables promotes women’s fertility.
There are 45 different varieties of pumpkins. Shown here is the "Cinderella" pumpkin, so named for reasons obvious to everyone. Pic from The Hill News
There are 45 different varieties of pumpkins. Shown here is the “Cinderella” pumpkin, so named for reasons obvious to everyone. Pic from The Hill News.

5 Raises Immunity

Naturally, all these nutrients in the plump orange fruit will give a boost to natural immunity when consumed regularly.

6 Soothes GI tract

While it is a known as a natural remedy for the runs in people, and is indicated for ulcer and high acidity, pumpkin (paste) or canned pumpkins is also just as effective in stopping diarrhoea in dogs and cats.

See What These Pet Sites Say:

Healing Properties of Pumpkins for You and Your Dog 

The Perfect Bowel-Soothing Food for GI Upsets and Diarrhoea

Pumpkin: Why is it such a Popular Treatment for Diarrhoea in Dogs and Cats 

Canine Diarrheaa Can be Controlled with Pumpkin

The pumpkin is a known indigestion and diarrhea remedy for dogs and cats.
The pumpkin is a known indigestion and diarrhea remedy for dogs and cats.

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