Pumpkin: Top 3 Benefits of this Hidden Super Food

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Pumpkins are synonymous with fall and notorious for their use as front porch decorations and in various fall-inspired deserts. However, on its own, pumpkin is one of the most nutritious foods available. Dripping in various vitamins and antioxidants, as well as protein and fiber, eating pumpkin can do everything from strengthen your bones to impart an undeniable glow to your skin.

Here are the top 3 benefits of everyone’s favorite fall treat:

1. Low in calories and rich in fiber, pumpkin is ideal for those attempting to lose weight as well as those wanting to detox.

2. As a source vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene, pumpkin (evidenced by its nearly neon-orange color) can help to keep your skin elastic, youthful, and protect it against the free radicals responsible for aging. The natural Omega 3 fatty-acids in pumpkin seeds also help to keep your entire body moisturized from the inside out.

3. The natural fats and proteins in pumpkin help to support healthy brain function, which can aid in stabilizing one’s mood. The amino acids present in this vegetable also help to prompt the production of serotonin in the body, which is one of the chemical responsible for happiness.

So next time you’re at the grocery store, bypass the jack-o-lantern size pumpkins and take home a few sturdy “pie” pumpkins. Small and easy to handle, you can use them in soups, roast the seeds for snacking or, yes, even make a pie (just enjoy in moderation). You can also make creative juicing recipes with pumpkin especially around thanksgiving.