A Russian nutrition expert said pumpkin seeds contain a unique mineral composition and a number of beneficial properties for the nervous system, bones, kidneys, and other organs and systems.
Dr. Yelena Tikhomirova, a Russian nutrition expert, said in an interview with the newspaper “Izvestia” that pumpkin seeds include the calorie content of nuts (100 grams contain about 550 calories), half of which is fat, and they also contain protein and a small amount of carbohydrates. It has a unique mineral composition, and pumpkin seeds are widely used in combating parasites, reports Al-Rai daily.
She says: “About 60 grams (a handful) of pumpkin seeds contain the body’s daily need for magnesium, which is necessary to relax the nervous system and muscles. “It also has a decongestant and anti-anxiety effect, and improves sleep.”
In addition, 60 grams of pumpkin seeds contain the body’s daily need of phosphorus, which is necessary for the health of the skeletal system, as well as cobalt, manganese, and copper, which are involved in the blood formation process. Therefore, it is beneficial for people suffering from anemia.
She says: “100 grams of pumpkin seeds contain the body’s daily need of chromium and zinc. Chromium is essential for regulating carbohydrate metabolism in the blood and helps reduce appetite. As for zinc, it is a mineral that participates in sperm formation and improves the production of male sex hormones and sperm. Therefore, pumpkin seeds can be called a natural aphrodisiac.
In addition, pumpkin seeds contain substances that positively affect the flow of bile, and have antioxidant properties that are beneficial to the liver. But if a person suffers from a disease, he should consult a doctor before including it in his diet.