good for you: 3 reasons why pumpkins are so great
3 reasons why pumpkins are so great
Halloween might be over, but this orange vegetable is still the perfect superfood. Here’s why…
1. Boost bone health and immunity
They’re packed with vitamin C, which produces collagen for healthy bones, and they boost immunity, with one serving containing four times your daily quota of antioxidant vitamin A.
2. Lower cholesterol and reduce menopausal symptoms
Studies show just 2g of pumpkin seed oil per day for 12 weeks increases ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and reduces blood pressure in older women. Pumpkins may also reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, headaches and joint pain.
3. Low cal and protein packed
Pumpkins are nutrient dense, packed with fibre, vitamins A, C, and E, and antioxidants. The seeds are a source of protein, magnesium, and healthy monounsaturated fats. Try Nature’s Plus Pumpkin Seed Protein (£22.50, naturesplus.co.uk).