5 Reasons Pumpkin Seeds Are a Good Treat

October 30th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Hanna Remedies, Healthy Living, Heart Health

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Pumpkin seeds have high levels of essential minerals: iron, manganese, zinc, potassium, copper, calcium, magnesium, and selenium.

Treats don’t just come in a tiny wrapper this Halloween! Did you know pumpkin seeds can provide support to your immune system, fight against parasites, give you a boost of healthy omega 3s, aid sleep with the Tryptophan amino acid they contain, even alleviate inflammation?

Most people do not realize there are medicinal values of the pumpkin seeds. Studies suggest the seeds contain unique DHEA (di hydro epi-androstenedione) effects that help with prostate and ovarian health. And experimental studies on pumpkin seed oil have shown phytochemical compounds may have a role in the prevention of kidney illness. Take a look at the 5 reasons to keep the seeds from the pumpkin your ‘ghost or goblin’ carves to celebrate this Halloween!

  1. Pumpkin Seeds for Immune Support: Zinc plays a big role in keeping your immune system functioning properly and pumpkin seeds are loaded with it! The diet of most Americans is deficient in zinc due to foods being grown in poor soil but recovering from an illness (like a cold or the flu) can also impact zinc levels in your system. Get your daily dose of zinc with a handful of pumpkin seeds to keep your immune system healthy, promote better rest, improve cell health, and boost your mood.


    Happy Halloween!

  2. Pumpkin Seeds Provide Essential Omega 3s: Pumpkin seeds are one of the most abundant sources of plant based Omega 3 fatty acids. It’s important to ingest these fats as our bodies cannot produce them on their own and their presence promotes cardiovascular health. Fish or krill oils are better known than plant-based omegas, but pumpkin seeds are an excellent source. The added heart health bonus of pumpkin seeds is that they contain magnesium which has shown to benefit blood pressure levels as well as reducing sudden cardiac arrest in those with high blood pressure.
  3. Pumpkin Seeds for Inflammation: Tired of taking an over-or-behind-the-counter medication to ease the complaints of inflammation? Try eating pumpkin seeds for their anti-inflammatory properties that have shown promise in clinical trials to address the swelling and pain associated with arthritis and joint inflammation.
  4. Pumpkin Seeds for Restful Sleep: Ever heard of people being tired after a Thanksgiving meal because of eating too much turkey? Turkey and pumpkin seeds contain Tryptophan, an amino acid that our bodies convert into seratonin, otherwise known as the “sleep hormone.” Having a handful of pumpkin seeds with a small piece of fruit a few hours before bed can encourage better sleep.
  5. Pumpkin Seeds for Parasites: Hanna recommended pumpkin seeds to help expel parasites from our systems and included them in a best-selling formula, Rascal, as pumpkin seeds help remove parasites’ protective outer skins to speed up the process of expelling them from your system.

We think pumpkin seeds are pretty amazing and are excited to try this recipe out to roast them.

Hanna’s Pumpkin Roasting Recipe

Image courtesy of Pumpkins at Hancock Shaker Village


After you’ve carved this season’s pumpkin, gather the seeds and clean them…we know this is a big job as there will be traces of pumpkin on the seeds that you will need to clean off. Then after you have done so however, things get much easier! Simmer your seeds in salt water for 10 minutes then drain and pat dry. Spread your seeds out onto a baking sheet and allow them to continue to dry for 5 minutes while your oven heats to 325 degrees. Drizzle the seeds with olive oil and your favorite herbs and spices. Try making several batches to test flavors, too.

Some of our favorites are brown sugar and paprika, oregano and lemon zest, chipotle and sea salt, or just a simple crack of fresh black pepper and sea salt. Roast your seeds at 325 degrees for 10 minutes then remove and stir before placing them back into the oven for an additional 8-10 minutes. A handful pumpkin seeds can help keep youhelp keep the doctor away!

Be creative and enjoy a healthy snack!


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  • Vicky

    Great web site. Plenty of helpful information here.

    I am sending it to a few pals ans also sharing
    in Delicious. And of course, thank you for your effort!

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