Wellness Tip: Pumpkin seeds
February 13, 2015
Pumpkins seeds, when eaten raw, pack a power punch of nutrition. The nut-flavored seed is rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fiber, all of which benefit heart health. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium and zinc, important minerals for your body in many ways.
They help boost immunity and can improve sleep, mood, eye and skin health and insulin regulation. Pumpkin seeds also provide a great source of tryptophan, which your body converts into serotonin and melatonin. Eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed, along with a carbohydrate like a small piece of fruit, may be especially beneficial for melatonin production to promote a restful night's sleep.
Janet Lott, RN
Diabetes and Wellness Coordinator, The Memorial Hospital at Craig