5 reasons to love pumpkin seeds? Minimal input and maximal output!
During holiday seasons we are often stuffed with a ton of foods, which is not necessarily good for us. What is healthy for us then? Today, we share with you one food that gives you so much goodie even with small quantity: Pumpkin Seeds. Check the 5 reasons to love pumpkin seeds below.
Source of Protein
Every 100 grams of pumpkin seeds contain around 30 grams of protein. This is an excellent* source for protein especially for vegan and vegetarians (Source: USDA Nutrient Database).
Rich in Vitamins
A variety of vitamins can be found in pumpkin seeds. Every 100 grams of pumpkin seeds contain 0.07mg of B1 (6%)**, 0.15mg of B2 (13%), 4.43mg of B3 (30%), 0.57mg of B5 (11%), 6.5mg of Vitamin C (8%) (Source: USDA Nutrient Database).
Rich in Minerals
Pumpkin seeds are rich in minerals. Every 100 grams of pumpkin seeds comprises 52mg of Calcium (5%) , 8.02mg of Iron (62%), 550mg of Magnesium (155%), 4.49mg of Manganese(214%), 788mg of Potassium (17%), 256mg of Sodium (17%) and 7.64mg of Zinc (80%)(Source: USDA Nutrient Database).
Remedy for Parasites
The substance cucurbitin in the pumpkin seed has the ability to treat worms and other parasites by disabling them to be expelled from the body (Source: http://superfoodprofiles.com/). Pumpkin seeds are suitable for human intestinal parasites such as tapeworm and ropeworm. This is nothing new: they were used in traditional medicine by indigenous people of North America historically. For one recipe of killing parasites with pumpkin seeds,Please check at the end of this article.
Easy to cook
There are different ways to have them ready for your stomach, raw, roasted, added to smoothie, ingredient of breakfast bar, toppings in soup and etc. You name it! Since everything is energy, we recommend you to have it raw for the best nutrition. Besides, our recommendation also goes to organic and biological pumpkin seeds.
*: 20% of the daily value, DV, and higher
**:Percentages are the approximate based on US recommendations for adults.
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Parasites Killing Smoothie Recipe
Personally I have used this recipe many times. Pumpkin seeds alone can kill parasites and this recipe is an addition as a more effective method. However it is a strong smoothie I would suggest you make a trial before the full consumption as described below. This advice particularly goes to people with sensitive stomach. Please also check your allergy information of the described ingredient beforehand. Nonetheless, this recipe is very effective and I have achieved good results such as better digestion, better immunity, less bloating, mild weight loss and better sleep.
The best time to have this is before meals, thus on empty stomach. You can drink hot tea beforehand to soothe the strength of the smoothie.
Blend the following:
– A full tablespoon of fresh non-GMO papaya seeds
– 1/3 or 1/5 of one non-GMO papaya
The bigger Mexican papayas are normally not genetically modified compared to the smaller Hawaiian papayas. However please ask the seller on spot for more accurate information.
– 1/4 pineapple
Preferably the core, as it contains the most bromelain, a digestive enzyme.
-1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
-1 tablespoon of coconut oil
– 1/2 cup of coconut milk and 1/2 cup of coconut water
If you do not have these, you can also use 2 tablespoons of coconut meat with 1 cup of water. The alternatives can be hemp milk, almond milk, rice milk or bio live yoghurt.
-1- 3 cloves
The original recipe suggests a dozen of cloves, however I find it too strong for my stomach. I would suggest 1-3 cloves, especially for sensitive stomachs.