Jack-o’-lanterns aren’t just for Halloween anymore. Hollow out your great pumpkin patch, carve out the goop from each and every one, and save the seeds. With our processed and packaged modern diets, our bodies are often left as empty as the inside of a carved pumpkin. Put those pumpkin guts to use and reintroduce natural dietary supplements. A handful of pumpkin seeds provide the body with a healthy dose of magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, iron, copper, and zinc not to mention protein and vitamin K. Pumpkin seeds are a great treat. Just dry them out, bake them up for a few minutes in the oven and flavor them with your favorite spices. Toss them on a salad or in a bowl of yogurt. Grind them up and sprinkle them over your favorite dish. Pumpkin seeds are a healthy and tasty way to spice up your diet.
New research takes the pumpkin to an even higher level of importance for diabetics. Recent studies have shown that the extract from the cucurbitaceae family, to which the pumpkin belongs, has a promising effect on the treatment of diabetes. The July ’07 issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture presents findings from researcher Tao Xia which indicates that the extract may aid in the treatment of type 1 diabetes, or at least reduce the amount of insulin needed to keep the condition under control. It’s exciting and valuable findings considering the American Diabetes Association sites that nearly 20.8 million people in the United States have diabetes. Fruits and vegetables continue to show impressive results in treating disease and illness. Why not help your body fight off current and future problems by providing it with plenty of healthy vitamins and nutrients to be found in nature. It couldn’t hurt to throw some pumpkin into your dietary selection process.
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