A delicious and highly nutritious pumpkin seeds are edible kernels of fruit pumpkin .Scientific name of this seeds are cucurbita pepo .
Pumpkin seeds are native to the american continent .China is the largest producer of pumpkin and pumpkin seeds in the world .Gently roasted pumpkin seeds are popularly known as peptia .They are great source of many health benefiting vitamins ,minerals ,antioxidants and important all essential amino acids .
– Crunchy ,delicious pumpkin seeds are high in calories ,100 grams of pumpkin seeds provides 550 calories .
– This seeds contain good quality of protein 100 grams of seeds provides 30 grams of protein .
– This seeds are rich in mono – unsaturated fatty acids like olelic acid which helps to lowers the LDL cholesterol and increase the HDL cholesterol in the blood .It also prevents heart diseases .
– It contains very good source of antioxidant vitamin E 100 grams of this seeds provides 35 micro grams .It prevents the growth of free radicals .
– This seeds are having excellent source of vitamin B such as thiamine ,riboflavin ,niacin ,pantothenic acid ,pyridoxine and folates. Which are very essential for nervous functions ,red blood cells formation and improve memory .
– It contains very good levels of essential minerals like copper ,manganese ,potassium ,calcium ,iron ,magnesium ,zinc and selenium .
– They are excellent source of tryptophan and glutamate aminoacids .Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and niacin .Serotonin is a neurotransmitter released by neurons in the brain made from aminoacid tryptophan which is beneficial for mood irritability ,promoting happiness ,relaxation and ability to get a good sleep .
– Glutamate is required in the synthesis of Gamma – amino butyric acid which is anti stress neurochemical in the brain helps to reducing anxiety ,nervous irritability ,,premenstrual syndrome ,deficit hyperactivity and other neuro conditions .
– Consumption of pumpkin seeds helps the body develop resistance against infectious diseases .
– Some research studies suggest that pumpkin seeds to have Dihydroandrostenedione blocking action thus it cuts the risk of prostate and ovarian cancers .
– Certain phytochemicals compounds in the pumpkin seed oil may have a role in prevention of diabetic nephropathy .
–– These seeds are cholesterol free and having anti inflammatory effects . .
These seeds are used in variety of recipes worldwide .