A pumpkin is a bright, tasty, fragrant autumn vegetable, inside of which there is a chamber filled with whitish seeds. This product is not easy. The composition of seeds is so rich that it helps to cure serious ailments, and also prevents their development. The benefits of pumpkin seeds are indisputable for children, pregnant women, adults and the elderly.
Nutritionists recommend including pumpkin seeds in the daily diet. Given the richness of the product with vegetable fats and their increased caloric content (about 600 kcal), consumption should be moderate. The average prophylactic dose of a product for an adult is 100 g, which is about 60-70 seeds. That is how much you need to eat pumpkin seeds per day to support all body systems.
Biological and nutritional value
Pumpkin kernels are a good nutritional product that can increase the body’s energy potential and provide it with the necessary joules. The main part of the total mass, approximately half, consists of valuable vegetable fats, which determine the energy intensity of even a small amount of seeds.
The second place in the composition of the product is protein. Among the amino acids of pumpkin seeds, scientists identified 12 irreplaceable and eight irreplaceable. Their role in the human body is difficult to overestimate - all processes of tissue, hormonal and enzymatic synthesis are impossible without amino acids. The most significant:
- arginine - a stimulator of muscle mass gain, stabilization of blood pressure and normalization of peripheral blood circulation,
- valine - a conductor of energy in the muscles, organs and tissues, improving their performance, an active participant in energy and heat exchange in the body,
- glutamine - a participant of metabolic processes and a regulator of tissue regeneration of the epithelium, internal organs, lipid transducer,
- glycine - the stabilizer of the nervous system, a stimulant of good mood, a guarantee of strong memory and quick thinking,
- phenylalanine - an optimizer of nerve fibers, an activator of nerve impulse transmission and contractile activity of muscles,
- leucine is a protein of the skin and bone tissue that ensures their timely recovery and resistance to damaging factors,
- methionine - a participant in carbohydrate metabolism, the conductor of energy in the intracellular space,
- isoleucine is a regulator of hemoglobin and insulin synthesis, reducing the phenomenon of resistance of the body's cells to its own hormone.
Active antiparasitic effect of pumpkin seeds (scientifically confirmed) is based on the content of the most rare protein compound cucurbitin. The substance has the ability to affect the muscles of the worms and activate their excretion from the digestive organs. A characteristic feature of pumpkin seeds is activity against Giardia - the simplest, most often affecting the liver.
Restorative and immunostimulating effect of pumpkin seeds due to the content in the product of the whole vitamin complex:
- beta carotene (provitamin A),
- B vitamins, including folic acid.
These substances are distinguished by their ability to positively influence the state of the skin, hair and nail plates. This allows you to call seeds a product of not only health, but also beauty.
Nutrient ratio is balanced. Even if you eat pumpkin seeds from time to time, and not every day, it still provides protection against a deficiency of essential vitamins.
The chemical composition of pumpkin kernels is characterized by saturation of mineral compounds. It contains macro and microelements in dosages that can more than cover the daily need of the human body. The brightest examples are the salts of zinc, magnesium, selenium and potassium. In addition, the seeds are rich in sodium, iron, manganese, calcium, phosphorus and copper. Complex mineral composition is beneficial for the body:
- eliminates acne,
- normalizes hair growth
- regulates the synthesis of sex hormones,
- normalizes the nervous system,
- optimizes muscle tissue,
- improves sleep
- protects the body from stress
- strengthens bone tissue
- regulates pressure
- normalizes the state of blood vessels
- improves the secretion of digestive juices,
- stimulates blood formation
- increases hemoglobin
- protects against anemia,
- improves metabolism.
Due to the content of coarse dietary fibers, the healing properties of pumpkin seeds are also manifested in the beneficial effects on the work of the digestive tract. Product:
- improves the motility of the stomach and intestines,
- stimulates the secretion of digestive juices,
- increases their concentration,
- stimulates the formation of bile,
- facilitates its elimination through ducts,
- normalizes intestinal microflora.
About the benefits of pumpkin seeds
Given such a rich composition of kernels, a whole list of what pumpkin seeds are useful for is gained.
- Strengthening immunity. Pumpkin seeds are able to increase the body's resistance to bacterial and viral infections, as well as improve immunity reactions regarding endogenous disease provocateurs, including cells with atypical structures.
- Elimination of infection. Lignans - polyphenolic compounds in the composition of the seeds, have pronounced antiviral and antifungal properties. The use of the product is very appropriate when SARS.
- The elimination of parasites. One of the most ancient drugs against worms is pumpkin suspension prepared from seeds. Note the high activity of the product against the most common parasites - pinworms, ascaris, Giardia.
- The balance of serotonin. Amino acid tryptophan, entering the body stimulates the synthesis of serotonin. It is an important hormone and neurotransmitter that regulates the protective reactions of the nervous system. He is also responsible for high spirits. And closer to the night, serotonin is transformed into melatonin, regulating the biorhythms of the human body.
- Strengthening joints and bone tissue. Due to the content of zinc, calcium and phosphorus, the product prevents fractures and the development of osteoporosis. Supplying the body with zinc and selenium ensures the timely production of hyaluronic acid, which contributes to maintaining the elasticity of the articular tissue.
- Protection of the heart. Magnesium and potassium, which are rich in seeds, are necessary for proper and full-fledged work of the myocardium, transmission of nerve impulses in it, and optimization of the state of the vessels. The use of seeds significantly reduces the risk of developing infarction and stroke.
- Regulation of the nervous system. The wealth of biologically active substances optimizes the work of nerve fibers, and the supply of unsaturated fatty acids together with the nuclei contributes to the protection and regeneration of damage to the myelin sheaths of the nerves.
- Kidney protection. The composition of the seeds prevents the formation of kidney stones, improves blood flow to the kidneys and stimulates the excretion of excess dissolved salts.
- Optimize digestion. Fiber, amino acids and vitamins normalize the synthesis of digestive juices, thus improving the process of digesting food and its progress along the tract. Antimicrobial action contributes to the elimination of putrefactive processes.
- Regulation of sugar and insulin in the blood. The use of pumpkin seeds is extremely appropriate for diabetes mellitus, due to their ability to stimulate insulin synthesis and improve the transformation of carbohydrates, which reduces blood sugar indicators, prevents their sudden jumps.
- Activation of mental activity. The product improves memory, activates creative thinking, prevents "burnout" and chronic fatigue. Seeds prevent senile dementia, Alzheimer's disease and the premature death of nerve cells.
- Liver support. Vegetable fat in the composition of seeds starts the process of recovery and renewal of hepatocytes, preventing severe damage to the liver. The action of the seeds is appropriate for cholecystitis or with insufficient production of bile. It is noted that the product allows you to get rid of alcohol dependence and relieves the symptoms of withdrawal symptoms.
- Elimination of nausea. Seeds eliminate severe nausea. As well as light nausea that occurs during pregnancy in the early stages and during long trips in vehicles.
- Cleansing the body. The ability of pumpkin kernels to eliminate heavy metals, free radicals and radionuclides has been proven. For this reason, the product is recommended for people living in unfavorable environmental conditions, as well as during chemotherapy and radio wave therapy.
- Healing damage. Seeds are characterized by the ability to eliminate injuries from the inside and outside. Internal reception provides the body with necessary substances, and local application - activates blood circulation, disinfects and stimulates the epithelialization of tissue.
- Support male health. The use of pumpkin seeds is especially beneficial for men, since their need for zinc is about seven times higher than that for women. In turn, a sufficient amount of the element provides reliable support for hormonal levels, potency and proper functioning of the prostate gland. Indications for use of seeds include prostatitis, diseases of the urinary system.
- Elimination of gynecological problems. The product prevents the formation of polyps and malignant neoplasms. Phytoestrogens in the composition of seeds improve reproductive function, normalize the balance of sex hormones. They also eliminate the symptoms of menopause, prevent its premature attack.
- Beauty support. As a source of vitamins A, E, B-group, as well as zinc and selenium, pumpkin seeds are actively working to preserve youth and improve skin condition. They regulate its fat content, prevent and treat acne, fight against inflammatory and pustular eruptions. Antioxidant activity and a positive effect on peripheral blood flow contribute to improving the appearance of the skin, its color, smoothing wrinkles.
Acceptance of pumpkin seeds provides the body of the future mothers with essential minerals and nutrients, while breastfeeding improves the composition of milk. However, doctors recommend not to treat pumpkin seeds during these periods, but simply use them in small quantities for a variety of diets - up to 50 g per day.
Due to the content of dietary fiber of a coarse type, the taking of seeds is contraindicated in gastritis, increased acidity of gastric juice, as well as in pancreatitis. Although the treatment of the latter disease in traditional medicine includes the use of pumpkin seeds.
How to cook and eat
Scientists have handed down a verdict - eating roasted pumpkin seeds is not just not helpful, but even harmful. The reason for this is the oxidation of the product at a temperature of 90 ° C. In addition, during heat treatment, the essential oil evaporates from the seeds, the volatile components of which impart bactericidal and immunostimulating properties to the nuclei.
The use of salted seeds will also bring little benefit to the body, because the taste qualities of seeds and salt, when mixed together, weaken significantly. This provokes an increase in appetite and uncontrolled eating salted product, which is fraught with edema and salt deposits in the tissues of muscles and joints.
The harm of pumpkin seeds increases with the use of previously purified product. The fact is that fatty oil is oxidized in air. The peel protects its contents from interaction with oxygen. Without it, oxidative processes are activated in the nuclei, neutralizing the useful properties of the product and increasing the content of low-useful substances.
Ideal - to use and use for medicinal purposes seeds harvested independently. Dry pumpkin seeds at home should be guided by simple rules:
- raw materials - pumpkin seeds of absolutely any kind are suitable for drying and eating
- preparation - after using the pulp to harvest the seeds should begin immediately to prevent spoilage,
- processing - before drying, the seeds must be quickly but qualitatively rinsed in warm water to remove the residual pulp and remove excess water,
- pallet choice - it’s better to use a wide metal pallet lined with parchment paper, so you can get rid of excess moisture,
- drying - on the pallet lay out the raw material in one layer, place it in the shade with good ventilation, the seeds turn over regularly,
- control - the drying of the raw material is indicated by the hardness and brittleness of the skin (if the seeds easily break with an audible crackling, then the seeds have dried out).
Pumpkin seeds can be called a hygroscopic product. With high humidity, even well-dried raw materials quickly dampen, become soft, moldy and deteriorate completely. To prevent spoilage, store dried seeds in a well-closed, completely dry glass container. It is advisable to choose a dark dry place with high-quality airing.
Remedy for constipation
Features The tool is suitable for the elimination of acute constipation, and as a prevention of its recurrence, it is necessary to eat seeds daily inside.
Preparation and use
- A teaspoon of the peeled seeds is poured with warm water (by a quarter full glass).
- Leave to insist at least half an hour.
- Consume two tablespoons (about four times) throughout the day for half an hour before the intended meal.
To clean the blood
Features Taking such a medicine course once a year, according to folk healers, prevents problems with blood composition and viscosity, eliminates cholesterol and the likelihood of thrombosis.
Preparation and use
- Five glasses of peeled seeds are pounded in containers or crushed with a rolling pin, wrapping the raw material in a cloth.
- The resulting mass is immersed in a glass container, pour half a liter of high-quality clean vodka.
- Juice is squeezed out of one lemon into a container, carefully sealed.
- They put the remedy in a dark cool place for three weeks, stirred the container regularly every day.
- Upon expiration of the infusion, the medium is filtered, taken in a tablespoon three times a day, half an hour before meals.
Features A decoction of pumpkin seeds stimulates the renal circulation and removes oxalate compounds from the kidneys.
Preparation and use
- A tablespoon of peeled seeds is poured with a glass of cold water.
- The mixture is put on a slow fire, brought to a boil.
- After a half-hour infusion, the medium is filtered and drunk in one go. Reception is repeated three times a day.
Sweets from prostatitis
Features The recipe for pumpkin seeds with honey from prostatitis is suitable for the treatment of disorders of potency, as well as their prevention. Folk healers recommend that every man over the threshold of 30 years take a course annually.
Preparation and use
- Half a kilogram of peeled seeds are ground in a meat grinder or blender.
- Add the amount of honey to the mixture to form a dense, dough-like mass.
- From the resulting roll balls the size of a walnut.
- Use the tool every morning on an empty stomach, slowly dissolving pumpkin candy in the mouth.
Garlic-pumpkin mixture of parasites
Features Take pumpkin seeds from worms must be on an empty stomach. Mixtures of seeds with garlic are most effective.
Preparation and use
- 200 g of peeled and dried seeds are ground using a coffee grinder.
- Five medium garlic cloves, pressed through a press, are added to the mass.
- To the seeds with garlic, add two tablespoons of liquid honey, carefully knead the composition until complete homogeneity. Insist for 12 hours.
- Take the medicine in the morning on an empty stomach in a tablespoon with a slide.
- The course of therapy is continued for three days, after which it is repeated after a couple of weeks.
Especially useful is the use of pumpkin seeds in germinated form. To do this, they are laid out on a plate in a single layer, filled with water, placed in a dark place until the sprouts become about 2 cm long. An important condition is the replacement of water every 12 hours. Germinated seeds can be peeled and added to salads, as a source of vitamins and biologically active compounds.
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Nutritional value per 100 grams of treated seeds - table
The composition of pumpkin seeds is unique not only by the huge variety of organic acids that are valuable to the human body, but also by the increased content of beneficial minerals. В 100 граммах продукта содержится полторы суточные нормы меди, фосфора и магния и рекордное количество марганца — две с лишним нормы! А 150 граммов чищеных семян с лихвой восполнят потребность организма в микро- и макроэлементах для нормального функционирования иммунной системы.
Очень важно и то, что регулярное употребление продукта в пищу насыщает организм необходимым ему цинком — ценным элементом, который природные средства редко содержат в достаточных количествах. And in tandem with phosphorus, zinc has a great effect on cerebral circulation, improves memory and prevents the development of stroke. Heart-healthy phytosterols will save you from a heart attack, which are more in pumpkin seeds than in the seeds of any other plant.
Such a high natural potential provides pumpkin seeds and preparations based on them with a huge range of healing qualities. The content formula has a beneficial effect on the functions of almost all organs and systems:
- strengthens the immune and nervous systems
- increases the production of sex hormones and improves reproductive function in men and women,
- cleans the blood and blood vessels, normalizes blood glucose and blood pressure,
- It has a positive effect on the gastrointestinal tract, relieves heartburn and nausea,
- eliminates parasites without causing toxic and irritating effects on humans.
Interesting and useful facts.
The most ancient seeds of no less than seven thousand years! Archaeologists have discovered them at an excavation site in Mexico, which is considered to be the historic homeland of pumpkin. To this day, Mexicans love fried pepitas, whose popularity here is much higher than that of the notorious chips.
Having discovered America, the Spaniards at the same time discovered a pumpkin for Europe - an amazing fruit, which the local Indians had been willingly using for more than one thousand years. From this moment begins pumpkin triumph, but enjoying the taste of the pulp of the fruit and admiring its flowers, the Europeans for a long time undeservedly ignored the seeds. But in the last hundred years, the popularity of pumpkin seeds is growing rapidly.
Interestingly, the Indians gave culinary preferences not so much ripe pumpkin pulp as its colors - and they are now used by gourmets in a slightly cooked form. By the way, a fruit weighing several centners can grow from one flower! In the Guinness Book of Records brought pumpkin, which pulled on 821.2 kilograms. It’s a pity no one bothered to calculate how many seeds were in it.
Some useful tips:
- The important point is that in order for the useful seeds not to be transited to the exit, but given the maximum benefit to the body, they should be chewed very carefully.
- Pumpkin seeds are poorly digested and help this process in your best interest. And one more thing: try to clean the seeds with rum, and not to bite with your teeth - this will quickly ruin their enamel.
- After you have collected pumpkin seeds, wash them and be sure to dry them well in a natural way. Humidity is the first enemy of the beneficial contents of seeds: they can either germinate inappropriately or they can completely deteriorate. Therefore, the product should be stored only in a dry, ventilated and cool place, in linen or paper bags. Seeds are stored for three years, but it is better to try to consume them for a year, before the start of the next pumpkin season.
- Without special damage to the healing properties, it is possible to dry the seeds in the oven - with the door ajar, at the minimum temperature, mixing from time to time.
- Do not clean the seeds, if you harvest them for future use. To healing compounds are not destroyed, remove the dense shell should be immediately before use.
For the sake of popularity, the breeders even brought out a special sort of pumpkin “for the lazy” - it does not need to be cleaned its seeds, instead of hard peel they are covered only with a thin film. On the basis of the "pumpkin ordinary" - only one of the twenty plant species has already emerged several hundred of the most diverse varieties.
How to do it
In folk medicine, seeds of any of them are used: fresh, fried, ground, sprouted, in the form of various preparations and dietary supplements. Most of these folk "drugs" are sold ready in pharmacies and specialty stores. But you can do otherwise: just take a pumpkin in the garden and ...
Germination provides a powerful stimulus for fermentation and magically alters the composition of the seeds - all vital processes are activated within them. Complex protein compounds and carbohydrates break down into simpler and more easily digestible. The concentration of vitamins is rapidly growing and rising almost tenfold, and the content of healthy fiber increases. Thus, the healing properties of small seeds increase by an order of magnitude.
Such miracles can be easily organized independently to watch them on your own window sill. Washed seeds (they can be pre-cleaned) should be placed on a flat plate and covered with wet gauze, which should be watered as needed. Germination should occur in a warm bright place, but away from direct sunlight.
They use three- or four-day sprouts - most often they are ground and eaten or used for treatment. They have few calories, but the nutritional value is very high.
Activated seeds should be in the diet of every man - this is one of the most effective natural products to increase potency. Pumpkin sprouts are very useful for elderly and weak people, pregnant women and children. Also germinated seeds are used in cosmetology and for dietary nutrition. Good results are given by taking the drug for the treatment of allergies and its symptoms.
Oil and extract
Pumpkin oil can be made only in industrial conditions by cold pressing, using special powerful presses. For a liter of oil, 35 pumpkins of medium size will be needed.
But the oil extract is easily prepared at home.
- Mince or grind a blender and a half cups of pumpkin seeds (you can take germinated).
- The resulting gruel is to be filled with high-quality vegetable oil (olive-cold pressed oil is best suited).
- Put the oil mixture into the water bath and gradually heat it up, without boiling.
- Stir and pour into a glass, tight-fitting dish.
- Insist ten days, always in a dark place.
The properties of the two products are similar. They are saturated with vitamins, pectins, phytosterols, selenium and zinc, linoleic acid, hormone-like substances, carotenoids, phospholipids and tocopherols are also present in oil preparations.
In the list of features of oil preparations:
- removal of "bad" cholesterol and prevention of diseases of the heart and blood vessels,
- stimulation of the production of male sex hormones,
- improvement of general metabolism and intestinal motility,
- antihistamine and antiparasitic action,
- strong anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and regenerating effect.
Naturally dried (non-roasted) seeds make flour - at home, you can just grind them in a coffee grinder. It is better not to buy this product in the store, but to cook by yourself. Grind exactly as many seeds as you need flour for a single procedure. Within an hour, under the influence of air, the healing powder will oxidize and lose most of its beneficial properties.
Ground seeds are absorbed much better than whole kernels. When used internally, flour especially treats inflammatory processes in the gastrointestinal tract; when used externally, it heals a variety of skin lesions and is widely used in cosmetology.
A decoction of pumpkin seeds is a simple and very effective folk remedy that has long been used as an anthelmintic, but then it was undeservedly forgotten. Although still experienced doctors recommend it for children.
For an adult, it will take no more than one liter of decoction, for children of the older ten years up to 0.5 liters, from five to ten years approximately 300 milliliters, and for the youngest, approximately 150 milliliters of healing broth.
- Grind 0.5 kilograms of peeled seeds and fill them with two liters of boiling water.
- Close the pot and place in a water bath.
- Stir the mixture at minimum heat for at least two hours - until the liquid volume is halved.
- Strain and filter hot and leave to cool.
- The oil film, which is formed on the surface of the broth, must be very carefully removed - it can be used later at your discretion.
- They drink the whole norm of anthelmintic broth in small sips in the morning, on an empty stomach. After three hours they take any laxative, and after another half an hour they do a cleansing enema.
Alcohol extract well retains the beneficial properties of pumpkin seeds and is used for the treatment and prevention of the same diseases as other drugs.
Interestingly, only tincture is used to treat ... alcoholism - it can cause a steady aversion to alcohol. The dose and regimen in each case should be prescribed by an experienced medical specialist.
The usual daily intake of alcohol tinctures - 150 drops per cup of boiled water - is drunk not in one gulp, but distributed for several hours. Before each use, the medicine must be stirred.
It is easier, of course, to get ready-made tincture in a pharmacy, but it is also easy to prepare it yourself.
- A glass of crushed kernels need to fill a liter of high-quality alcohol.
- After two weeks of infusion in a dark place, filter thoroughly.
- Continue storage away from sunlight.
Roasting untreated seeds makes their taste and aroma brighter and more concentrated, but significantly, almost by half, weakens the healing qualities. However, roasted pumpkin seeds are also used in traditional medicine. The fact is that the roasting process facilitates and accelerates the digestibility of useful substances from the cores. This is important because raw pumpkin seeds are difficult to digest.
It is roasted seeds that quickly relieve the unpleasant symptoms of toxicosis in pregnant women, help to relieve nausea during motion sickness in transport and motion sickness. But at the same time - they perfectly cope with intoxication and remove cadmium and lead harmful to it from the body.
Honey, when necessary, mitigates the excessive activity of pumpkin seeds and prolongs their action. It is usually used by mixing in equal parts with ground seeds.
For medicinal purposes, they drink a tablespoon of this remedy twice a day, half an hour before the hour of breakfast and dinner. And for prevention - a teaspoon before each meal.
How to apply
For therapeutic and prophylactic purposes, most preparations from pumpkin seeds can replace each other without much damage to a positive result. Your task is to select the exact dosage form that is most appropriate in a particular case. Remember that for the treatment of serious diseases folk remedies can only be regarded as auxiliary. The main treatment regimen should appoint a doctor.
With prostatitis and impaired potency
To be guaranteed to avoid prostatitis, it is enough to eat a handful of pumpkin seeds daily. It is better to have them sprouted, but raw ones will do.
Pumpkin oil is especially useful for men's health, it regenerates the structure of the prostate and protects it from the appearance of serious diseases: not only from prostatitis, but also from adenoma. Natural pumpkin oil promotes complete recovery from prostatitis.
- Moisten a cotton swab in high-quality pumpkin oil and squeeze it a little.
- Insert a tampon into the anus to a depth equal to the index finger of the hand.
- The time of action of the drug - 5-7 hours, you can leave a tampon at night.
- Put tampons every other day, the treatment is carried out by courses of ten sessions and after a week break, the course is repeated.
From worms and other parasites
One of the most well-known properties of pumpkin seeds is anti-parasitic. If you eat every day two or three tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds, it will serve as an excellent prevention against worms and worms. But if the parasites have already started in the body, the treatment should be targeted.
- Grind on a coffee grinder 150 grams of fresh seeds and pour them with two cups of boiled water.
- This amount of folk remedies should be drunk within an hour, but not in one gulp, but gradually, one tablespoon, shaking the mixture before each administration.
- Wait two hours and take any effective laxative.
- After 10–12 days, repeat the treatment.
- Prepare garlic milk: clean, chop and boil the middle head of garlic in a glass of milk for 5 minutes, set aside for an hour.
- Carefully chewing, eat half a cup of peeled pumpkin seeds.
- Sip cold garlic milk in small sips.
- Wash the intestines with a cleansing enema.
- Treatment is also repeated after 10–12 days.
As for the treatment of prostatitis, with hemorrhoids the most effective cotton swabs with pumpkin oil. They are introduced into the anus for two to three hours, after which the tampon is replaced with fresh. Natural pumpkin seed oil can be replaced with seed oil extract. A significant improvement should occur on the third or fifth day, but the procedure should be continued until a week. If necessary, the course can be repeated in a week.
With pancreatitis and cholecystitis
Preparations from pumpkin seeds are used to treat diseases of the pancreas and gallbladder during remission on the background of mandatory diet. It is necessary to use them carefully: it is impossible to use seeds, fried or with sharp seasonings. Optimal use of a tablespoon of milled germinated seeds half an hour before breakfast, no more than two weeks. If there is no discomfort, then after the same break, you can spend another course.
With liver disease
A homemade oil extract can be used to gently cleanse the liver. Folk remedy must be fresh and high quality, otherwise the procedure will have the opposite, a sharply negative effect.
Before each meal you should drink one teaspoon of oil infused on pumpkin seeds. Full cleansing occurs in two weeks. The course can be repeated, but not earlier than six months.
When intestinal disorders
Preparations based on pumpkin seeds help regulate the bowels, eliminate bloating and flatulence, act as a mild and safe laxative.
A tablespoon of seeds milled into flour will help with flatulence in half an hour after eating - this dose works as an excellent sorbent.
Constipation, of course, is very effective in conquering pumpkin seed oil, but in this case alcohol tincture of pumpkin seeds works just as well: it dissolves 100–150 drops in a glass of water and gradually drinks during the day.
Pumpkin seeds are shown to relieve arthritis and chronic gout. It is recommended to take orally in a tablespoon of germinated seeds or a dessert spoonful of butter twice a day, morning and evening according to the scheme: 10 days of intake, 10 days of recess, again 10 days of intake, etc. Some healers also use the rubbing of sore spots with alcohol tincture of seeds.
Pumpkin seeds can be present in the diet of diabetics of any type, as they are endowed with a very low glycemic index and are able to normalize blood sugar levels. At the initial stage of the disease, you can spend a kind of fasting day on a weekly basis, during which only raw or germinated pumpkin seeds are available and you can drink pumpkin juice without quantity restriction.
Strengthening the immune system, cleansing and regenerating the liver, pumpkin seed oil greatly facilitates the condition of patients with psoriasis. In parallel with the internal intake of pumpkin oil, external procedures are also shown: compresses from pumpkin seed flour (as an option - mixed with flax flour) on affected areas.
Such procedures, depending on the severity of the disease, are done daily or at intervals of one to two days throughout the month. As a rule, the skin condition improves markedly after the first ten sessions.
Amino acids (in particular, tryptophan), in high concentration represented in the composition of pumpkin seeds, are necessary for the synthesis of melatonin. Namely, this hormone is known to be responsible for healthy sleep. Tryptophan also contributes to the production of serotonin, which is responsible for the normal functioning of the nervous system.
Just a handful of fresh or germinated seeds before the “rebound” - and goodbye, insomnia, chronic fatigue, down with neurosis and depression!
Pumpkin seed flour effectively treats wounds and burns, providing anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and regenerating effects on damaged skin.
- Dissolve freshly ground flour in such a quantity of water so that it turns out thick, like dough on pancakes, and gruel.
- The resulting drug is applied to the sore spot and secure with a bandage.
- After three hours, replace the remedy with a fresh one.
- To do the procedure until complete healing.
Zinc, which pumpkin seeds are rich in, is not by chance called an element of beauty - thanks to its action acne rash disappears, nails become stronger, and hair becomes thick and shiny. Broths of seeds are used for washing and rinsing hair, flour - for cosmetic rejuvenating masks, but the famous oil plays a major role in the struggle for beauty.
Лечебные маски с этим народным средством эффективно лечат самые разнообразные проблемы кожи и подходят для любых её типов — масло великолепно впитывается, не оставляя после себя жирной плёнки. Продукт холодного отжима семян тыквы универсален и самодостаточен: совершенно необязательно добавлять в него ещё какие-либо компоненты. Для ухода за лицом, руками и волосами следует лишь немного подогреть масло — вот и всё, его можно наносить.
Маски для волос делают раз в неделю на ночь, поверх укутывая голову целлофаном и махровым полотенцем. In the morning - wash off with shampoo.
Masks for face, lips, hands are applied for 15–20 minutes, they should not be done daily, the optimum frequency is two to three times a week.
If the seeds are considered a high-calorie product and are not recommended for the tendency to obesity, the oil of them, oddly enough, has a completely different effect. This is a great diet product that, when properly applied, helps to get rid of extra pounds. This action is based on the properties of the oil to accelerate lipid metabolism, and by burning fats, at the same time excrete toxins and toxins from the body. In addition, the vitamins and minerals concentrated in this product make up for the body's inevitable losses in the process of diets.
However, with proper use and pumpkin seeds can contribute to weight loss. There is even a special pome diet.
Three day diet
This is, relatively speaking, a mono-diet in which it is necessary to eat only raw seeds for three days: pumpkin and sunflower and drink as much pure water as possible:
- breakfast: 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds,
- dinner: 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds,
- snack: 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds,
- dinner: 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin seeds - salvation from toxemia and heartburn, which so often annoy women in the period of carrying a child. Enough to eat 30–40 pieces on an empty stomach - and uninvited troubles will never visit you. For heartburn, it is better to use raw sunflower seeds, and for toxicosis, fried ones.
The most useful product for pregnant and lactating women is natural pumpkin seed oil. A reception with a glass of warm milk of a teaspoon of the drug on an empty stomach and before going to bed for three to five days in a row will help absolutely safely to get rid of worms.
Children and teenagers
The unique natural compound cucurbitin has a deadly effect on worms and other parasites that have settled in the human body. Pumpkin seeds containing cucurbitin are indispensable for safe antiparasitic cleaning of the child’s body. This procedure does not create an excessive load on the liver and does not irritate the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract.
With this I kiss the old folk remedy is ideal: ground seeds and honey should be mixed in equal parts. If your child is not allergic to honey products, give him this remedy for three days on an empty stomach, according to a teaspoon, you can drink it with heated milk. To secure success, repeat the course in ten days.
Pumpkin oil is very useful for kids. It is actively used to eliminate diaper rash, hives and other problems that arise on the delicate skin of an infant. The rich vitamin-mineral complex of the oil, when taken inside, contributes to the excellent development of the child. But in this case, you need to consult with your pediatrician: he will tell you how old you can take the drug, and select the correct dosage.
Teenagers, who often suffer greatly from acne on their face, will also be helped by pumpkin seeds: only two to four tablespoons of seeds on an empty stomach within two weeks - and the problem will go away.
Warnings, contraindications, harm
The daily rate of taking pumpkin seeds - one hundred grams, only in some cases it can be increased by one and a half times, if that requires treatment. It is desirable not to exceed this rate, because the seeds themselves are very high in calories, difficult to digest and complicate the body's assimilation of other foods.
You should not get too carried away and the use of pumpkin oil, it can move from the stones in the gallbladder and lead to a dangerous exacerbation of the disease. It is especially important to observe the dosage of those who are diagnosed with increased acidity of gastric juice, and pregnant women.
The use of any drugs from pumpkin seeds during periods of exacerbation of chronic diseases is contraindicated. Infrequently, but in some cases individual intolerance of pumpkin seeds is possible, allergy symptoms can occur - both on the folk remedy itself and on the additives with which it is used. Eliminate this possibility before starting treatment.
Do not overestimate the possibilities of folk remedies in difficult cases - do not make the diagnosis yourself and do not self-medicate. Trust your health only to medical professionals.
Reviews on the use of funds based on them
I did it many times, I don’t have to bother with it, wash a handful of (large) peeled pumpkin seeds with a glass of milk. Once or twice a day. missing one day. A child as a child kissed with all the scum cats and dogs, I know from experience - it works perfectly. (although it may not have been from cats and dogs ...
But my hemoglobin rose significantly and maybe that's why I began to feel much better? In addition, got rid of dysbiosis and thrush. All this earned as a result of taking antibiotics. Well, I was advised to restore the flora, the blood formula (there was something other than hemoglobin, all because of the drugs). This is all just in a month and a half has greatly improved. And the skin, hair, nails - it all became noticeable only after a year and a half. Rather, the skin is early, somewhere in six months.
Experts call the pumpkin seeds also a “pharmacy in miniature” because they contain almost the entire “table” of vitamins and microelements necessary for man and better than many other plants accumulate solar energy (this property is inherent only to plants). Germinated pumpkin seeds carry even more value.
I regularly take pumpkin seed oil and even add homemade kremiki. I take it inside for sight and for the liver and kidneys, although I have no problems with this. Mom drinks regularly. Here I can tell about the results. It removes bile and sand from the gallbladder and kidneys.
Take oil with food, when you consume any oil on an empty stomach, then the gallbladder drains drastically, and the bile can be thrown into the stomach, hence nausea, and pain is usually associated with a reduction in perestaltic, but with constant bile reflux in the stomach can develop gastritis and even erosion of the gastric mucosa. So with bread is also an option.
Pumpkin seed oil after all, and externally applied to the sores. Like sea buckthorn. And inside it updates the liver, and the liver affects psoriasis in the first place, the severity of the disease of psoriasis depends on the liver. Here I accept the third day of everything, but inside I have a feeling of lightness. I think it's all because of this oil.
Proper use of the enormous healing potential of small pumpkin seeds raises it to the number of undisputed leaders in the series of traditional medicine. A simple medicine from the garden will allow you to maintain health, youth, beauty and good spirits for a long time.
What are pumpkin seeds useful for?
To find out what is the use of this product, and what is harm, you need to figure out what the seed hides in itself. One of the first in the list of home recipes for health, beauty and youth today are pumpkin seeds - the benefits and harm of which are discussed. Here is what is present in the unique natural composition:
- high content of vitamins A, D, E and K,
- B vitamins,
- high fat content, and with them essential and non-essential amino acids,
- vegetable protein
- minerals: zinc, manganese, sodium, calcium, iron, potassium.
What are pumpkin seeds useful for and what diseases they help to fight. Such a unique composition of the product makes it a leader among natural remedies against a large number of diseases. Treatment of pumpkin seeds is used in folk recipes in the fight against intestinal parasites, they play an important role in the struggle for men's health, helping to reduce blood sugar levels, are a good diuretic, have a laxative property.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - Benefit and Harm
You need to know the difference between raw and roasted pumpkin seeds - the benefits of which differ significantly. The essence of the difference is that during heat treatment a large amount of vitamins is lost, and fats undergo irreversible changes: fat pigments are oxidized, oil becomes clogged with oxidation products, peroxides and aldehydes are formed. If you eat such a product also salted, then such food will not bring any benefit to the body, but only harm.
Raw pumpkin seeds - the benefits and harm
Those who are used to using seeds after heat treatment may wonder whether it is possible to eat raw pumpkin seeds? It is necessary to highlight the fact that their healing properties are more pronounced in the raw, fresh product. So they retain all their beneficial properties in their original form, laid down by nature. The advantages of a raw look:
- normalize the liver,
- used for kidney disease,
- excellent remedy for intestinal parasites,
- help with constipation
- stabilize blood pressure.
To get the maximum benefit from such a useful product, you need to eat very few seeds every day - the daily rate for a person is no more than 60 g (a small handful). To improve immunity, it is useful to make gruel from raw seeds, mixing them with honey. Such a recipe will also help excrete intestinal parasites if consumed on an empty stomach.
Pumpkin seeds - the benefits and harm for men
The high content of magnesium and zinc makes the product indispensable for overcoming stress, it is easy to relax. How are pumpkin seeds for men useful? Improve mood, relieve pressure from the pressure will help men seeds melon, the benefits of which for the male body has long been known to scientists. The main properties for a strong half of humanity are the prevention of prostatitis, an improvement in potency, therefore moderate daily consumption of such seeds will help men feel much better.
Pumpkin seeds for male potency
Information that the seed of the most useful gourd culture helps to improve the potency may raise some doubts. However, based on the useful properties described earlier, it is possible to draw indisputable conclusions about the beneficial effects on the sexual function of a man, because it happens:
- normalization of blood pressure
- relieves stress
- blood circulation is normalized.
These positive factors characterize pumpkin seeds - a significant benefit and harm, which is minimal for the male body, indisputable: if you use them uncooked, without salt, combining consumption with a healthy lifestyle, you can significantly improve the potency without medication. Pumpkin seeds for men are indispensable because of the high content of zinc and magnesium, the deficiency of which adversely affects men's health.
Pumpkin seeds from prostatitis
It is known that for the health of the male body it is necessary to consume more of such an element as zinc, which helps to cope with prostatitis, prevent the development of adenoma. The beneficial properties of pumpkin seeds for this reason are indisputable for men's health. Rational nutrition, supplementation of multivitamin complexes together with the daily use of healthy seeds will help get rid of the threat of prostatitis.
Harm pumpkin seeds for men
A vegetable-rich product can do more harm than good. Harm pumpkin seeds for men is possible with the uncontrolled use of this product, or if you eat them in fried form, using salt and combining with alcoholic beverages. They do not have healing properties when consumed on an empty stomach, if they replace a full meal. After such a meal can become very bad: nausea, vomiting, acute pain in the stomach.
Pumpkin seeds - the benefits and harm for women
An indispensable, useful product for the strong half of humanity is also necessary for women's health. The benefits of pumpkin seeds for women are indisputable, because the mineral and vitamin formulations are rarely found in such a combination in their natural form. The use of this product daily and moderately helps the girls to have beautiful, healthy hair, clean, no rashes, skin, strong nails and excellent well-being without harm to the body.
Pumpkin seeds during pregnancy
Raw seeds that are rich in fats and proteins can be heavy for a weakened body. Fear can also cause a period during pregnancy. Can pregnant pumpkin seeds, whether they will affect the health of the unborn child? It is known that this product helps to cope with seasickness and toxicosis, so pregnant women can safely try to eat healthy seeds to get rid of unpleasant symptoms, and moderate consumption will only positively affect the condition of the fetus.
Pumpkin seeds - harm for women
Unpleasant consequences after eating the seeds can be left only in some cases. The beneficial properties of pumpkin seeds for women can be challenged if a woman takes them in large quantities. High calorie food will help significantly increase body weight. If there are seeds, cleaning the skin from the skin with your teeth, you can harm the enamel. Sometimes there is an individual intolerance to this product. Before you take them for food, you need to familiarize yourself with the contraindications so as not to harm yourself:
- stomach diseases: increased acidity, the presence of ulcers,
- disturbed intestinal motility,
Pumpkin seeds from worms
Practitioners can confirm the high therapeutic effect and benefit from the use of seeds for the treatment of helminthic invasion. In folk medicine, pumpkin seeds are used for parasites. The main active ingredient that has a detrimental effect on parasites is cucurbin, a strong toxin contained in a film separating the core from the peel. This substance is completely harmless to humans, but detrimental to intestinal parasites. Therefore, they should be taken raw and cleaned without damaging the film.
The benefits of pumpkin seeds
The benefits of pumpkin seeds for the human body is undoubted, although many people are accustomed to carelessly refer to this healing product.
Useful properties of pumpkin seeds are diverse, here are the main ones:
Normalize sleep and reduce the risk of developing depression. Regular consumption of seeds in food improves the quality of nighttime rest, as they contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which is very useful for humans. Once in the body, it is transformed into niacin and serotonin, which directly affect human sleep.
Prevention of hypertension. Pumpkin seeds contain a huge amount of arginine. After entering the body, this amino acid is converted to nitric oxide, which is responsible for the expansion of arteries and blood vessels, improving blood flow through them.
Reducing bad cholesterol. Thanks to the phytosterols that are part of the pumpkin seeds, a person who regularly includes them in the diet, prevents the development of atherosclerosis.
Beauty and youthful skin. The seeds contain a large amount of vitamins A and E, which are responsible for the elasticity and smoothness of the skin, preventing the formation of wrinkles.
Prevention of osteoporosis, reduction of inflammation in arthritis of the joints. The benefits to the bones of taking pumpkin seeds are due to the fact that they contain zinc.
Prevention of inflammation of the prostate gland. This property of pumpkin seeds is relevant for men not only older, but also young. Indeed, according to statistics, prostatitis is present in more than 30% of men over the age of 25 years. In addition, the seeds have omega-3 fatty acids and zinc, which prevent the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
From worms. Since ancient times, the property of pumpkin seeds to expel worms and other parasites is known. Therefore, in many countries they are used as a natural product to get rid of pinworms.
Protection of the heart from disease. Pumpkin seeds contain a lot of magnesium, which protects the body from rhythm disturbances and contributes to the normalization of the contractile function of the heart.
Prevention of diabetes. Despite the fact that pumpkin seeds are very high in calories, they contain a lot of protein, which is easily digested and helps to normalize blood sugar.
Normalization of the bowel. This useful property of seeds is ensured by the fact that they contain a lot of fiber, which stimulates peristalsis and works as a natural “brush” for the intestines. Chronic constipation is a direct indication for the regular inclusion of pumpkin seeds in the menu.
Prevention of thyroid disease. This is possible due to the high content of zinc in the seeds, which is necessary for it to function normally. In order to protect this most important organ from diseases, it is enough to eat up to 140 grams of seeds per day.
Vitamin K, which is part of the seeds provides normal blood clotting.
Regular intake of pumpkin seeds helps improve twilight vision and color perception. Это происходит за счет входящего в их состав витамина А, который принимает участие в выработке родопсина (зрительный пигмент сетчатки).
В тыквенном масле, на которое богаты семена этого плода, содержится много полезных для иммунитета компонентов. Поэтому не стоит забывать о них в осенне-зимний период.
It is established that the regular use of pumpkin seeds contributes to the development of both female and male sex hormones, so they are equally useful to use for both sexes.
You can use your pumpkin seeds to improve your cognitive abilities, especially memory.
It is worth taking the seeds on the road to people who suffer from seasickness, which is swayed in the car. The fact is that the use of seeds helps to reduce the severity of nausea. Therefore, they are recommended in moderate amounts to be consumed by pregnant women.
Prevention of male infertility. So, the seeds contain a lot of phosphorus, namely, it is necessary for sperm cells to grow full tails. Thanks to these tails, the sperm cells become more mobile, which increases the chance of conceiving a child.
Pumpkin seeds can be a valuable source of protein for people who are fond of syroedenie, vegetarianism or those who follow the posts.
It is worth remembering that in order to get maximum benefit from pumpkin seeds, they need to be consumed fresh. After heat treatment (after roasting), most of the vitamins and microelements are destroyed. It is better to clean the seeds right before use, and not in advance.
The composition of pumpkin seeds
The composition of pumpkin seeds represented by various vitamins, amino acids, minerals and fats. If we consider fresh seeds, they will contain up to 8.2 g of water, up to 13.4 g of carbohydrates, up to 24.5 g of protein, up to 25.7 g of fats and 4.1 g of fiber. There are ashes in seeds, unsaturated fatty acids, all B vitamins, vitamin A, ascorbic acid, vitamin E, vitamin K.
Pumpkin seeds contain a lot of zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. It has been established that only 25 g of purified kernels is enough to satisfy the body’s daily need for zinc by 20%.
It is known that oysters occupy a leading position in the content of zinc, and so pumpkin seeds are in second place after these mollusks.
Eating 100 grams of seeds can provide 80% of the body's daily need for zinc, 160% for magnesium, 130% for manganese and 40% for potassium, which is so necessary for the heart.
Pumpkin seeds for men
Pumpkin seeds for men are very useful, as they help fight the diseases of the male reproductive system. It has been established that men require zinc for normal functioning of the prostate gland. As a rule, the amount of mineral that men receive with food is not enough. This leads to the development of inflammatory processes of the prostate. Especially acute is the need for zinc in men after 50 years. Therefore, in order to protect yourself from prostate adenoma and prostatitis, it is enough to eat 50 pumpkin seeds per day.
In addition, zinc is part of the testosterone molecule - the main male hormone. The microelements in the seed make it possible to increase sperm motility, which is an excellent prevention of male infertility.
It is known that men are prone to alopecia at an early age. Regular consumption of pumpkin seeds will strengthen the hair roots and will prevent their premature loss. In addition, zinc, which is a part of sunflower seeds, allows you to fight dandruff, which is a fungal disease, and not just a cosmetic defect.
It has been proven that men before women develop atherosclerosis, which leads to heart attacks and strokes, and the consumption of pumpkin seeds will allow this process to be suspended. Amino acids in their composition strengthen the vascular wall, iron increases hemoglobin, arginine expands blood vessels, and phytosterols help reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Pumpkin seeds for women
Pumpkin seeds for women have undoubted benefits, which is to maintain not only beauty but also health.
It has been found that women are much more likely to suffer from osteoporosis than men. Especially active processes of leaching of calcium from the bones after the age of 45 years. The minerals that make up the seeds will stop this process. The fact is that in the seed useful substances are present in such combinations that help each other mutually assimilate.
Another common female problem is anemia. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of iron. Eating 100 g of seeds a day can provide for almost 100% of the daily need for this trace element.
In addition, pumpkin seeds strengthen hair and nails, fight wrinkles, provide elasticity and smoothness of the skin, contribute to the renewal of the epidermis, and remove micro-inflammations. Fatty acids moisturize the skin from the inside, prevent hair loss and eliminate the causes of dandruff.
It is useful to use pumpkin seeds for women during menopause, as its constituent phytoestrogens normalize mood, fight depression and improve the quality of night sleep. Tryptophan will relieve headaches and joint pain.
It is useful to consume pumpkin seeds in small quantities during pregnancy. A handful of seeds will make it possible to reduce the manifestations of toxicosis, ease odor intolerance, and reduce nausea. In addition, seeds are an excellent means of preventing anemia and constipation, which often torment women who bear a child.
Harm pumpkin seeds
The damage to pumpkin seeds for the body can be noticed if they are excessively consumed:
The fact is that the product is very high in calories and if you eat more than 140 g of seeds per day, this can cause weight gain.
Eating salted and roasted seeds can trigger the development of congestive processes in the joints and limit their mobility.
In addition, you can damage the tooth enamel, if you clean the seeds from the rind with your teeth, and not with your hands.
Naturally worth remembering about contraindications to eating pumpkin seed.
Pumpkin seeds treatment, recipes
Treatment pumpkin seeds can be reduced to their daily intake in the recommended amounts. The regular inclusion of pumpkin seeds in food is the prevention of many diseases. Even traditional medicine has recognized the health benefits of pumpkin seeds and their healing properties. So, in the pharmacy you can find the drug Tykveol, which is based on pumpkin seed oil. It is recommended to use in infectious diseases, for the prevention of cancer and atherosclerosis. There are also quite a few popular recipes based on pumpkin seeds:
Treatment of wounds and burns. Grind the seeds in a coffee grinder or in a blender, wrap in thick gauze and scald with boiling water. After cooling, a compress can be applied to sore spots. Such a gruel will not only remove pain, but will accelerate the processes of tissue regeneration.
Recipe 1. Seeds (0.5 kg) are ground into flour and 200 g of honey (not candied) is added to them. The mixture is placed in a refrigerator for thickening, after which it is rolled into small balls, the size of a hazelnut. Such balls need to dissolve on an empty stomach (1-3 balls). The course of treatment is a month.
Recipe 2. You can grind the seeds into flour, but they should be thoroughly dried beforehand. Take the powder should be twice a day before meals in the amount of two tablespoons. The mixture is washed down with a glass of honey water. It is recommended to grind the seeds with the peel, and sift before use.
Treatment of diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract. In inflammatory processes of the bladder and kidneys, it is necessary to consume a mixture of hemp and pumpkin seed in equal proportions daily. Volume - 1 teaspoon, the number of receptions - 2 times a day with meals. Pumpkin milk helps well against cystitis. Peeled seeds are mixed with sugar and water (proportions 50 g: 20 g: 80 ml). Take three times a day before meals for a teaspoon.
Normalization of sleep, the removal of nervous tension. Normalize the nervous system helps decoction of pumpkin seed. This will require 3 tablespoons of seeds and 0.3 ml of water. The mixture is brought to a boil, kept on low heat for 4 minutes, then cooled. Take the broth to bedtime or during a strong emotional stress. Volume - a quarter cup.
How to take pumpkin seeds from worms?
It is necessary to peel the seeds and grind with water. An adult will need about 300 g of seed per reception, children after 10 years old will need 150 g, children 5 to 7 years old will need 100 g. If the child is younger than 4 years old, then 50 grams of seed will suffice. It is important that the thin green film that is on the seed does not go to waste with the peel.
To get rid of worms, seeds should be consumed raw. The required number of seeds is cleaned, poured into the dishes, where they are carefully ground. In the grinding process, you need to add water, 10 drops at a time. For 300 g of seeds, you may need about 4 tablespoons of water. Eat the resulting gruel in the morning, on an empty stomach. You need to eat the entire portion within an hour. After another three hours you need to drink a laxative and after half an hour do a cleansing enema. This method allows you to quickly and effectively get rid of worms, without resorting to drugs.
Pumpkin seeds with honey
Pumpkin seeds with honey is not just a sweet treat, but a real cure for getting rid of many diseases. Helps mixture for the treatment of prostatitis and prostate adenoma, to normalize sleep, to relieve emotional stress.
You can pour honey with both whole and powdered peeled seeds. It is necessary to store such a useful and tasty mush in the refrigerator in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Take pumpkin seeds with honey in a tablespoon several times a day before eating for 20 minutes. But it is worth remembering that a day to eat more than 3 tablespoons of seeds with honey should not be, because the caloric content of this mixture is very high.
How to dry pumpkin seeds?
Pumpkin seeds must be properly dried, so that they retain maximum benefit and not lose their taste. To do this, they should be carefully removed from the pulp of the fetus, select rotten specimens and rinse under running water. Convenient for this purpose, use a colander. Then the seeds are laid out on a towel and dried on both sides, it allows you to remove excess moisture from them.
If you plan to roast the seeds, this will replace the drying process. They are simply spread on a frying pan and fried until golden brown. 15 minutes is enough for full cooking.
In a convection oven, the seeds are dried at 60 degrees for half an hour. The electric dryer is turned on at a temperature of 80 degrees, the drying time is 40 minutes. The oven is heated to 80 degrees and kept the seeds in it for 20 minutes. Wherever the seeds are dried, they must be periodically stirred.
If you have time, you can dry the seeds in the open air in a warm room with low humidity. As a rule, one week is enough to completely dry the seeds. Thus it will be possible to get the most useful product that will keep all the vitamins and minerals.
Contraindications to the use of pumpkin seeds
Contraindications to the use of pumpkin seeds are as follows:
Diseases of the digestive system in the acute stage. Gastroenterologists prohibit patients from eating any coarse food during the treatment of gastritis, colitis or gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer. Gastritis with high acidity, intestinal obstruction - all of this contraindication for the use of pumpkin seed.
Individual intolerance to the pumpkin pulp, allergic reactions to its use will occur when the seeds of this fruit are included in the food. Therefore, in this case it is better to refuse them.
Excess weight is a contraindication to the use of an excessive number of seeds, as they have a high calorie content.
Answers to popular questions:
How many pumpkin seeds need to be eaten per day? On the day an adult will be enough to eat 60-70 pumpkin seeds.
Is it possible to eat pumpkin seeds with peel? Peel pumpkin seeds is very useful, so if there are no contraindications, then they can be used unpeeled.
Is it possible to pumpkin seeds when breastfeeding? It is possible, but in moderation. Mothers of allergic children should be especially careful. After the first intake of seeds, you should carefully follow the reaction of the baby to a new product in the menu of a nursing woman.
Is it possible to pumpkin seeds with pancreatitis, diabetes and gastritis? With pancreatitis and gastritis, pumpkin seeds are prohibited, but with diabetes, they can be included in the daily menu.
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Article author: Kuzmina Vera Valerievna | Dietician, endocrinologist
Education: Diploma RSMU them. N. I. Pirogov, specialty "General Medicine" (2004). Residency at the Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, diploma in "Endocrinology" (2006).
Useful composition of pumpkin seeds
This product is rightly called the health pantry, because it contains great amount components necessary for the normal functioning of the body. These include:
- amino acids
- saturated fatty acids (arachidic, behenic, palmitic, stearic, myristic,
- unsaturated fatty acids (oleic, linolenic, linoleic, arachidonic, omega-6, omega-3),
- vitamins (especially a large number ofvitamin pp. 100 g of dried seeds - 170% of the daily value),
- mineral salts,
- alimentary fiber.
Pumpkin seeds are unique in their mineral composition.
They contain a large number of such elements as:
- manganese — 230%,
- phosphorus — 155% ,
- magnesium — 145%,
- copper — 135%,
- zinc — 65%,
- iron — 50%.
Slightly less than the following:
In total, there are more than 50 macro-and micronutrients. The lack of these substances in the body leads to a decrease in muscle tone, weakness, headaches, disturbances in the work of the urinary and cardiovascular organs, and pathologies of the osteo-articular system.
It should be noted a large content in the product of useful amino acids, among which are:
- tryptophan (0.6 g) - 145%,
- arginine (5.4 g) - 100%,
- phenylalanine and tyrosine (2.8 g) - 100%,
- valine (1.6 g) - 85%,
- isoleucine (1.3 g) - 85%,
- leucine (2.4 g) - 75%,
- histidine → 0.78 g → 71%
- methionine and cysteine (o, 95 g) - 65%,
- threonine (1 g) - 65%,
- lysine (1.2 g) - 35%,
Benefits more from fresh, raw pumpkin seeds.
The high content of arginine makes the product indispensable for building muscle. This amino acid is a building material for the tissues of many organs. Without tryptophan, people would suffer from insomnia infinitely, over-gaining weight and getting annoyed about every cause. This essential amino acid should be regularly ingested with food.
Vitamins, presented in the composition of seeds, are required by the body for normal functioning, therefore it is difficult to overestimate their benefit and role in the course of biological processes. They control the work of important life systems, hormone production, the body's resistance to negative factors. The composition of the product includes vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B9, C, E, D.
100 g of pumpkin seeds contain 541 kcal, most of them are fat - 45.8 g, protein - 24.5 g, carbohydrates - 20 g.
The main medical significance is not preserved for the pulp of the crop, but for its seeds. Doctors confirmed this more than 150 years ago. Very good use of pumpkin seeds for the human body. Useful composition of seeds:
- relieves constipation
- fights depression and stress
- reduces joint pain,
- promotes early healing of wounds,
- reduces bad cholesterol in the blood,
- fights inflammation
- slows aging
- normalizes metabolism
- stimulates the bowels,
- strengthens the immune system
- improves performance
- normalizes blood pressure
- has a diuretic and laxative effect,
- fights some types of parasites with cucurbetin, which is also a part of pumpkin seeds,
- removes harmful toxins from the body,
- eliminates flatulence in the intestines,
- improves blood composition
- has antifungal effect,
- helps to recover sooner after surgery
- accelerates hair growth.
It is worth noting immediatelythat the treatment of parasites with pumpkin seeds is an ineffective technique. Yes, it is, harmful to worms, cucurbetin. But this component does not kill all species and not completely. In most cases, only paralyzing them for a while. In modern times there are safe for the human body drugs that are very effective against helminthiasis.
In ancient times - it was the most affordable way to get rid of parasites. And in countries where the supply of drugs is poorly developed, they still exist.
The product plays an important role in men's health:
- serves as prevention of prostatitis and infertility
- improves potency
- stimulates the production of hormones
- помогает нарастить мышечную массу,
- увеличивает физическую выносливость.
Не менее полезен продукт и для женского пола, а именно:
- prevents the appearance of polyps in the uterus,
- relieves the state during menopause,
- helps to keep good appearance and attractiveness
- is a preventive measure against infertility,
- eliminates heartburn and toxemia in early pregnancy.
Apply pumpkin seeds not only in medicine, but also in cosmetology. This product eliminates such problems as oily, dry and brittle hair, dandruff, acne, wrinkles, dull skin. Pumpkin seeds are useful for baldness, as the zinc in them stimulates hair growth.
Indications for use
Recommend to use the product to people who have the following diseases and health problems:
- inflammation of the prostate gland,
- nervous disorders
- metabolic disease,,
- acute and chronic gastritis,
- constipation, diarrhea,
- renal and hepatic diseases.
It is necessary to include pumpkin seeds in your diet to the following categories of people:
- Children and teenagers.
- Pregnant women.
- Older men and women.
Showing pumpkin seeds during a trip to transport, whether plane or car. This product helps to cope with nausea during motion sickness. To do this, you need to break the seeds with your fingers. At the same time the motility trains and attention switches.
Pumpkin seeds - useful for the prevention of many ailments.
Contraindications and harm
Pumpkin seeds are contraindicated in those who have allergies and individual intolerance to the components.
Care should be taken to use the product to those who have the following health problems:
- increased acidity of gastric juice,
- exacerbation of gastrointestinal diseases,
Despite the fact that the pumpkin pulp itself contains few calories, its seeds are a high-calorie product that is not recommended for those who carefully monitor their weight.
A day can consume no more than 100 g of the product. If you get involved in eating it, you can earn an exacerbation of gastric ulcers, the accumulation of salts in the joints. If you bite the shell with your teeth, you can damage the enamel.
The cardiovascular system
Serious danger to the human body is bad cholesterolthat enters the body from some food. The product prevents the formation of cholesterol plaques, thereby preventing vascular occlusion. The phytosterol content in it allows you to block the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestine, dilutes the blood and controls the systemic pressure. The combination of amino acids, fiber, omega-6 and omega-3 reduces the risk of thrombosis and arrhythmias. Moreover, these pathologies are the most common causes of deaths worldwide.
How to use.To strengthen the heart and blood vessels, it is advised to drink a special decoction. Prepare it as follows:
- It is necessary to pour 3 tablespoons of seeds with 300 ml of water.
- The mixture is brought to a boil and kept on low heat for 5 minutes.
- The cooled broth is taken before bedtime in the amount of a quarter cup.
This tool is a good prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It will help strengthen the walls of blood vessels, relieve tension, and normalize sleep.
High zinc content in pumpkin seeds helps prevent prostate diseases in men (but does not completely solve the problem, as prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland that occurs due to infection). For the prevention of prostate adenoma, extracts and pumpkin seed oils are used.
With prostatitis, the man feels frequent urge to urinate, which are accompanied by pain in the urethra or scrotum. Pumpkin seed extract will help to get rid of unpleasant sensations.
Prepare and take as follows:
- It is necessary to take 150 g of raw seeds, clean them and grind them in a coffee grinder.
- The resulting powder is poured vodka in an amount of 500 ml.
- Infusion tightly closed and cleaned in a darkened corner of the room for 7 days.
- A week later, the medicine is taken out and taken 2 times a day once a day. It is necessary to dilute it in 300 ml of water.
- The course of treatment is 7 days. All this time, the infusion is stored in a dark place.
General recommendations for use
It is necessary to remember important recommendations on the use of pumpkin seeds in traditional medicine:
- It is preferable to use them raw, since the level of nutrients after frying is reduced by almost half. It is better not to salt them.
- You can not use seeds that have an unpleasant or rotten smell.
- The bitter product is also not suitable for use, so before preparing a medicine or buying it is necessary to try the seeds to taste.
- Grains should be cleaned by hand or purchased immediately without peel.
- To improve the condition of the skin and hair, it is enough to eat 50 grains per day.
- It is not recommended to eat seeds with a peel, as it is rather coarse and can injure the intestinal walls.
Pumpkin seeds added to vegetable stews, porridge, fresh salads and even pastries will help to diversify your daily menu. So easy to get healthy and tasty dishes.
Benefits and harm for children and pregnant women
A huge benefit is the product for a pregnant woman. If there are no contraindications, you can use the seeds in an interesting position, but not more than 100 g per day. At the same time it is necessary to monitor their well-being.
Pumpkin seeds strengthen immunity well, and this is especially important during the period of gestation. The product relieves nausea in the early stages, heartburn, normalizes the bowels and reduces the risk of developing infections.
The main benefit of the product for children is its ability to excrete helminths (if for some reason you cannot take drugs from them). The amino acid contained in it, cucurbitin, is absolutely harmless to the child's body. Enough to give the child 5-10 seeds a day to establish the work of the gastrointestinal tract.
Nursing mothers need to have enough vitamins and minerals in their body. This contributes to the normal growth and development of the baby. Therefore, you can eat some pumpkin seeds during breastfeeding. At the same time you need to monitor your health, behavior and stool of the child. During breastfeeding to get involved in the product is not worth it.
Today in the pharmacy you can buy several drugs based on pumpkin seed extract. These include "Pumpkin Seed Oil". It has choleretic, anti-ulcer, metabolic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects. Its contraindications include only individual intolerance.
The most popular of the drugs is considered Tykveol (Tycveolum). It is available in oval-shaped soft gelatin capsules, in the form of candles and liquid oil.
This is a comprehensive tool that has the following effect:
- wound healing
Tykveol is used to treat skin diseases, wounds and burns, pathologies of the liver and stomach, male and female diseases. The drug enhances immunity, prevents the development of inflammation.
Indications for taking the medicine inside are:
It is used both inside and in the form of masks, lotions. With it, you can make the skin supple and silky.
The drug is indicated for pregnant women. It relieves hemorrhoids, nausea, thrush and other inflammations in the vagina. Pumpkin smear the tongue in the mouth in children with stomatitis. Adolescents are prescribed for general strengthening of the body, increasing efficiency and developing intelligence.
This tool has no apparent contraindications. It can not be used only with individual intolerance to pumpkin oil, as well as after the expiration date. If you overdo it with a dose, you may experience problems with the gastrointestinal tract.
Pumpkin - double health benefits!
Pumpkin is an annual plant with a strong root system. Its fruits can reach 50 kg in weight. Its pulp is orange and fibrous. Maturation occurs in late summer and autumn. Seeds its numerous, have a bezel on the edge and oblong shape. Their length is usually 1-3 cm. The shell outside is woody, it has a yellowish-white color, the inside is gray-green, and membranous.
How to dry and store seeds
Seeds should be selected only from a ripe crop. They should not be empty or uneven. Each seed is carefully separated from the pumpkin pulp and spread on dry paper or cloth with a layer of 1-2 cm. Dry the grain in a room with good ventilation. They should be stirred periodically. Rinse the seeds before drying is not worth it.
Store dried seeds in a glass jar or natural fabric pouch. The place for this is to choose dark and cool. Peeled fresh grains are stored in a container in the refrigerator for no more than a month, dried seeds in bags are kept for no more than a year.
Many women and men have already experienced the healing properties of pumpkin seeds. Representatives of the weaker sex note the absence of side effects after using popular recipes based on them. Attracts this natural gift with its availability and naturalness. Girls add pumpkin seed oil to creams and shampoos, lubricate their lips to moisturize the skin and get rid of cracks, and some rub it in the hair roots.
Men say that the medicinal effect of the product extends not only to the main problem, but also to improve overall health. Popular drug and Tykveol. It is, indeed, effective in combating wounds and burns, inflammations and infections. However, many do not trust pharmacy tools and prefer to independently prepare a medicine from crushed pumpkin seeds. This option is cheaper, especially if the berry is grown on its own plot.
- Pumpkin seeds are a real fount of vitamins and minerals. This unique composition makes them a real helper in the fight against many pathologies. In addition, pumpkin seeds - help prolong life.
- It is the pumpkin seeds that have the antiparasitic effect, and not its pulp itself.
- The product has a healing effect on absolutely all body systems.
- It is better not to consume more than 100 g of seeds per day.
- Preparations based on pumpkin seed oil are widely used for prostatitis and prostate adenoma. When buying pumpkin oil should pay attention to the shelf life and integrity of the package. In addition, it should not be too liquid.
- You can not use the product with gastritis with high acidity of gastric juice, poor intestinal patency, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer.
You need to understand that pumpkin seeds are not a panacea for all diseases. It is important to know the measure and be able to use these natural gifts with benefit, then they will help to prevent some pathological conditions.
What is pumpkin seed good for?
Pumpkin seeds are useful for women and men, but, in addition to benefits, they can be harmful. To avoid complications, it is necessary to know what composition the seeds have and in what cases their use will be contraindicated.
What are the benefits and harm for women will tell us the content of seeds. Grains are unusual in composition and contain a significant portion of the periodic table. Because of this, their use is difficult to embellish. In 100 g of grains is:
- fats - 45 g,
- proteins - 24 g,
- carbohydrates - 20 g,
- dietary fiber - 7 g,
- 540 kcal - in raw, 600 kcal - in fried.
Raw pumpkin seeds are healthier than roasted
The beneficial properties of pumpkin seeds for women are due to the rich composition of trace elements and vitamins necessary for the functioning of organs and the supply of nutrients to the cells of the body. Among them:
- amino acids - tryptophan, arginine, valine, tyrosine, isoleucine, histidine, threonine, methionine, lysine,
- fatty acids - oleic, linoleic, which are necessary to cleanse the blood vessels and prevent atherosclerosis,
- potassium, chromium, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus, iodine, calcium, cobalt, etc.,
- Vitamins B (1-6), C, E have a positive effect on the performance of the brain. Vitamin PP stimulates metabolic processes, improves cell respiration and nutrition with beneficial substances, lowers cholesterol levels in the blood. K - stimulates blood clotting and strengthens the musculoskeletal system. A and E contribute to the formation and strengthening of the immune system.
- The benefits of pumpkin seeds for women are phytoestrogen, which is necessary during menopause.
The benefits of pumpkin seeds for women
Let us consider in more detail the usefulness of pumpkin seeds for women. To begin with, it should be noted their ability to maintain a healthy look and renew the skin, hair, strengthen the nail plate. This is due to the saturation of skin cells, hair and nails with living vitamins and trace elements that retain moisture and detoxify substances. In addition, there are many useful properties in the field of maintaining health and immunity. Trace elements and vitamins in the composition of the seeds contribute to:
- cleansing blood vessels from cholesterol, preventing the formation of blood clots, the development of thrombosis, varicose veins, atherosclerosis,
- rid the intestines of parasites
- restoration of the structure of the liver,
- normalization of cholesterol levels
- increase immunity and fight against avitaminosis,
- opposing the formation and development of cancerous tumors,
- the flow of bile
- improvement of the brain and the restoration of cells of the nervous system,
- preventing the effects of motion sickness in transport,
- suppression of depression.
Lowering cholesterol and triglycerides
Great is the benefit of sunflower seeds in reducing cholesterol and triglycerides, which helps to avoid problems with the cardiovascular system. Fatty acids help to normalize cholesterol levels and eliminate blood clots in blood vessels. All these properties are good prevention in the prevention of strokes and heart attacks.
Fat reduction in the liver
The impact of trace elements and vitamins has a positive effect with reduced functionality of the liver caused by its dystrophy. They contribute to the start of the recovery process of damaged cells, eliminate inflammatory processes and lead to normal metabolism. Cleansing the liver will help in the normalization of its work. As a means of cleansing the liver, pumpkin seeds should be applied once a year. For it should grind a glass of grains and enter 2 tbsp. spoons of honey.
How best to use?
Why pumpkin seeds are useful for women, and in what form they can be safely used - we will consider in this paragraph.
It should be noted that roasted salted seeds with careless use can be harmful to health. Under the influence of high temperatures, vitamins are lost.
To prepare the seeds for use in a dry place away from sunlight, pre-rinse them, put it on the newspaper. The absence of exposure to extraneous factors allows you to save the properties of seeds for 3 months.
To achieve quick results, use pumpkin seed infusion. Cooking process:
- Grind a glass of peeled seeds with a blender.
- Add 2 cups of water and place the mixture in a water bath. To simmer over low heat for an hour.
- Cool and strain.
It is necessary to use infusion no more than in an hour while in it the advantage remains. Means relieves intestines from parasites.