Pumpkin nutrition facts, anybody? Yep, they are quite popular around the holidays, but really, what does this little round shaped plant have to offer?
Let’s check it out below:
Pumpkins have excellent antioxidant levels with Lutein being number 1 on the list! Lutein is used by the body as an antioxidant to help combat free radicals. This particular antioxidant is known for helping to keep the eyes in good health, thus helping to protect eyesight.
For more information check out: Foods High in Lutein
Chuck full of vitamins, pumpkins contain: A, C, E and a couple of the B vitamins – all which are essential for a healthy immune system.
Vitamin A – is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps support healthy eyesight as well as supporting healthy tissue function, skin and mucous membranes.
Vitamin C – is a water soluble vitamin that is very important for all most all of the functions within the body. It plays a major role is promoting the healthy growth and repair of cells. The body must have it in order to make collagen, which is an important “protein” used to make tendons, blood vessels, skin etc…
Vitamin E – is a fat soluble vitamin with strong antioxidant properties. It’s known for helping to reduce the oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
Vitamin B – pumpkins contain a couple of the B vitamins. These particular vitamins are necessary for the conversion of food into energy. Ever wonder why energy drinks use “vitamin B12” as a selling point? Because it’s an energy vitamin!
Pumpkins contain minerals: copper, calcium and potassium. The copper works in conjunction with iron to form healthy red blood cells, the calcium works to help keep the bones healthy and strong, and the potassium acts as an electrolyte and helps to balance the fluids within the body.
Yep, you can throw pumpkin in a smoothie too! This smoothie has the potential to be an excellent party or dessert smoothie.
Check out our recipes and enjoy!