It’s Pumpkin Season – Let’s Get Some Fall Nutrients In You

November 19, 2010 by Matt

I want to make sure that while writing this blog I start delving into different foods of the season and since we’re currently in the fall and one of the fun things to do in the fall is pumpkin carving I figured I’d write a blog on the health benefits of pumpkins.

To me it seems like a lot of people get pumpkins just for the sake of carving and amusement but really don’t understand the actual health benefits of them. In all reality these fall fruits (yes again its a fruit – it has seeds) are jam packed with vitamins and nutrients.

Listing off some of the main key components here’s a few that come to mind:

Pumpkin is low in fat and calories and rich in disease-fighting nutrients such as:

  • Alpha-carotene
  • Beta-carotene
  • Fiber
  • Vitamins C and E
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Pantothenic acid

I did want to delve a little further because most people here on it’s rich in fiber or it’s high in Vitamin C but other than a few basic benefits what does that mean exactly? Why is that good for you?

So let’s talk first about why it’s important to get Potassium in you. Potassium is a main electrolyte that the body needs to function. It helps develop muscle growth and muscle contractions, nerve cell functions and balancing water distribution throughout the body. A lack in potassium causes fatigue or muscle cramps, irregular heart function, nervous system failure and even death through Hypokalemia.

Ok don’t let the death thing scare you though you have to be so deficient in this for that happen.

Next let’s talk about why Magnesium is important for you body. Magnesium is stored in the body’s bones and a lack of magnesium can cause neuromuscular problems this can affect the nerves of your voluntary muscles which are muscles you control like arms and legs.

Also the pumpkin seeds are great for dieting as well and help prevent prostate cancer, boost your zinc intake, help aid healthy bones. Not to mention baking pumpkins seeds is something I love to do every year.

Not only that but I’m sure most of you would like to know that the Alpha-Carotene in pumpkins has anti-aging benefits. Hooray for the fountain of youth!

Another great resource for reducing the signs of aging too and boosting not only your immune system but really adding jam-packed vitamins and minerals is through whey protein powder.

Up until recently I have always been skeptical about people who are super into supplements but after exhaustive research and personal testing, I can really say that this stuff works. It gives me great energy as well as helped me drop pounds almost immediately.

Check out an article I recently wrote over here on whey protein weight loss for some great additional tips and tricks to helping you lose those unwanted pounds and shapen up for holidays seasons.

Until next time,
-Matt Smith