Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Reporting from nikakihijau.


Hi friends. I would like to share with you this amazing information pertaining to the health benefits of Pumpkin Seeds. Please be aware that the taste is bitter with a bit of mint flavour, but it is very good for our health.

Pumpkin Seeds
General information

Pumpkin seeds belong to the same family as watermelon, cucumber, squash and cantaloupe. It is packed with antioxidants due to their rich sources of zinc, thus making them a popular food among health conscious people. Antioxidants are very important as it helps defends against free radicals and boost immune function.

One of the major Health benefits

Antioxidant Support

Pumpkin seeds contain conventional antioxidant vitamins like Vitamin E and wide variety forms of Vitamin E such as:
  • Alpha-tocopherol
  • Delta-tocopherol
  • alpha-tocomonoenol
  • gamma-tocomonoenol

Pumpkin seeds also contain conventional mineral antioxidants like Zinc and Manganese as well as Phenolic antioxidants and Antioxidant phytonutrients to help defend against free radicals.

Let me tell you what Free Radical is. What is free radicals?

Free Radicals flow chart
Free radicals can lead us to cancer. So, prevention is better than curing friends!

Daily recommended intake:
Age
Males
Females
Pregnancy
Lactation
0–6 months*
4 mg
(6 IU)
4 mg
(6 IU)


7–12 months*
5 mg
(7.5 IU)
5 mg
(7.5 IU)


1–3 years
6 mg
(9 IU)
6 mg
(9 IU)


4–8 years
7 mg
(10.4 IU)
7 mg
(10.4 IU)


9–13 years
11 mg
(16.4 IU)
11 mg
(16.4 IU)


14+ years
15 mg
(22.4 IU)
15 mg
(22.4 IU)
15 mg
(22.4 IU)
19 mg
(28.4 IU)

Although it is very good, it is quite expensive to purchase it in Malaysia. A good friend of mine bought for RM10 or RM20+ only for a few grams in one of Arabian shops in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor.

HAPPY READING and STAY HEALTHY ALWAYS!! 
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