Autumn would not be autumn without pumpkins. Pumpkins are a healthy root vegetable whose pulp is used in abundance in pies during the holiday season. But it’s the pumpkin seed that is the star of the show. These nutritional powerhouses can be eaten in cereal, trail mix and even ground into smoothies to add a smooth, nutty flavor.

What makes pumpkin seeds so great?

Pumpkin seeds are celebrated for their health benefits.

They are useful for prostate disorders and irritable bladder.

They’re rich in zinc, good for inflammation caused by arthritis, and may help lower cholesterol. Pumpkin seeds are full of essential fatty acids and are also helpful in ridding the body of parasites.

Store raw, organic pumpkin seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator and they’ll keep for months.

Nutrition content: amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamin A, C and E.

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