Enlarged Prostate and Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are available all year round but it is great to get them fresh from the pumpkin you carve. Don’t throw them away because in terms of nutrition they are a treasure.

A serving is roughly 1 tablespoon (10 grams). So you really don’t need to eat many of them. Pumpkin seeds are high in calories, so you wouldn’t want to eat a lot of them anyway.

Here are some suggestions for adding to your diet

* Sprinkle on top of roasted vegetables
* Add to salads for extra crunch
* Add them to homemade beef or chicken burgers
* Sprinkle chopped pumpkin seeds in your cereal or oatmeal
* Include in your baking recipes, for example oatmeal cookies

For your one tablespoon of pumpkin seeds a day here is what you will get:

Constipation and mucus formation are prevented because pumpkin seeds have powerful enzymes known to boost the immune system.

They promote overall prostate health and alleviate the difficult urination associated with an enlarged prostate.

In some studies, pumpkin seed extracts improved bladder function in animals.

Pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression.

Because they are high in zinc, pumpkin seeds are a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis.

Recent studies suggest that pumpkin seeds can help those suffering from arthritis or other chronic conditions where inflammation is a problem.

Animal studies conducted by Jayaprakasam, Seeram and Nair show that pumpkin seeds had a similar anti-inflammatory effect as indomethacin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine.

1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your daily value of magnesium, a mineral in which most Americans are deficient.

Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol and protect against many cancers.

Nutritive Values: Per 100 gm.

* Vitamin A: 70 I.U.
* Vitamin B:
* Thiamine: .24 mg
* Riboflavin: .19 mg.
* Niacin: 2.4 mg.
* Calcium: 51 mg.
* Iron: 11.2 mg.
* Phosphorus: 1,144 mg.
* Fat: 46.7 gm.
* Carbohydrates : 15.0 gm.
* Protein : 29.0 gm.
* Calories: 553