Pumpkin seeds are good for arthritis, muscles and bones
Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium. Magnesium is known for relax the nerves and muscles. It is known for building and strengthening the bones and for smooth blood circulation.
The healing properties of pumpkin seeds have been recently linked to relieving arthritis.
In animal studies, the addition of pumpkin seeds to the diet has compared favorably with use of non-steriodal, anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin in reducing inflammatory symptoms.
Unlike the drug, pumpkin seeds do not increase the level of damaged fats in the linings of the joints, a side-effect that actually contributes to the progression of arthritis.
Besides being a good source of magnesium and zinc, pumpkin seeds are a source of manganese, iron, copper and protein.
Snack on a quarter cup of pumpkin seeds and one will receive 46.1 percent of the daily value of magnesium, 28.7 percent of the daily value for iron, 52.0 percent of the daily value for manganese, 24.0 percent of the daily value for copper, 16.9 percent of the daily value for protein and 17.1 percent of the daily value for zinc.
I love pumpkin seeds; but I bet I totally kill them by roasting. I prefer them roasted. I don't know what that does to minerals; such as magnesium. I feel the same way with almonds. I don't mind them raw; but roasting nuts is my great weakness for snacks.
I know that some benefits are increased by cooking. For example, tomatoes release their lycopene when when cooked.
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