19 Benefits Of Pumpkin Juice

Pumpkin juice is made from juicing the flesh of pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo). This thick and delicious juice can really be enjoyed during its harvest season as pumpkins tend to be sweeter during this period.

Pumpkin juice has been popular amongst vegetarians and natural health enthusiasts for years due to its numerous nutrients and potent health benefits. Drinking pumpkin juice is beginning to gain a more global following.

Below are various health benefits of pumpkin juice;

1. Helps In Weight Loss


If you are struggling to lose your weight, you might be interested in adding pumpkin to your diet. Pumpkin contains fiber which makes digestion much smoother. Pumpkin contains fiber which would keep you satiated for long. Pumpkin contains 1.7g of fiber per cup of pumpkin seed cup, 3g when it is mashed and 7g when it is canned.

Pumpkin is made up of 91% of water that would keep you hydrated and contains low calories as well. If you eat pumpkin, you would be full for hours. It is advised that you eat pumpkin after a workout as it would help replace the potassium that has been lost during the workout without the intake of many calories.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4086735/)

2. Helps Boosts Immunity


How weak is your immunity? Do you fall sick often? Well, pumpkin got your back. Pumpkin helps fight infections as well as strengthen your bones. Pumpkin is also high in vitamin A and C which are essential in boosting your immunity. Did you know that a canned cup of pumpkin contains 20% of the total vitamins required daily? Pumpkin contains riboflavin, folic acid, and manganese which are key for a strong immune system.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3271396/)

3. Pumpkin Helps In Protecting Your Eyes


Pumpkin contains beta-carotene, which is available in vitamin A, that promotes optimal vision. Vitamin A would make your eyesight much sharper, it would improve the visibility of your eyes under dim light and it would promote the health of your eyes. Apart from keeping your eyes healthier, pumpkin also strengthens your bones and teeth.

4. Maintains Your Heart’s Health


Pumpkin is rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamins which are great for your health. Soluble fiber is key when it comes to maintaining your heart since it keeps your heart healthy while potassium reduces the probability of getting a stroke.

Magnesium, contained in a pumpkin, helps in strengthening your blood vessels plus it helps reduce the probability of getting a heart attack. If you take a quarter cup of pumpkin juice, it would help you meet the required magnesium intake in a day. Pumpkin juice is low in LDL commonly known as the “bad” cholesterol.

5. Reduces Cancer Risks


Pumpkins get their deep orange color from beta-carotene. Beta-carotene pigment turns to vitamin A once consumed. Studies carried out shows that foods rich in zinc and beta-carotene reduces the risks of getting cancer. Beta-carotene and zinc reduce cancer risks especially lung cancer, prostate cancer (which is common in men), and colon cancer. Pumpkin seed is also good for the prostate.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26976217)

6. Helps Prevent Your Skin From Aging


Pumpkin is also good for your skin, thanks to beta-carotene which helps inhibit aging signs by increasing production of collagen and brightening your skin. Vitamin A and C helps your skin remain smooth and soft. You can apply a pumpkin mask by mixing 1/4 canned pumpkin, one egg, and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply the mixture on your face for 20 minutes and wash it off with warm water.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4325009/)

7. Helps Boost Mood

Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, tryptophan is an amino acid that helps build your mood. Tryptophan contains a neurotransmitter known as serotonin; studies carried out show that low serotonin in the body leads to depression and anxiety.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4393508/)

8. Improves Your Sleep Quality


Pumpkin contains tryptophan which is a sleep stimulant. Tryptophan produces serotonin which helps you stay calm and eventually fall asleep. People actually claim that they sleep heavily after Thanksgiving since, during this festival, people consume a lot of pumpkins.

9. Pumpkin Boosts Sexual Health In Men

Interesting findings from studies carried out show that even smelling a pumpkin pie can boost your mood for more action between the sheets. Zinc in pumpkin raises the level of testosterone and it increases sexual desires. Furthermore, Zinc is useful in tackling erectile dysfunction. You could roast pumpkin seeds for a healthy and yummy snack. Alternatively, you could grind the roasted seeds and make pumpkin seed butter.

10. Reduces Inflammation


Pumpkin seed oil helps relieve one from arthritis and reduce inflammatory effects. The study carried out also showed that pumpkin seed oil acts like arthritis medication.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7784309)

11. Reduces Bladder Stone Risks


Studies have shown that eating pumpkin seeds help reduce the risks of getting bladder stones. Eating pumpkin helps relieve the pressure on the bladder, thus, increasing bladder health and reducing urethral pressure.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3799495)

12. Pumpkin Acts As A Sedative


Pumpkin has sedative properties. If you have insomnia, pumpkin juice is an effective aid. Patients who suffer from insomnia are advised to take a glass of pumpkin juice mixed with honey.

13. Promotes Regrowth Of Hair


Pumpkin contains Vitamin A which is good for the scalp. Pumpkin also contains potassium which is a key nutrient in promoting regrowth of hair. Pumpkin is an effective home remedy for hair loss treatment.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4017725/)

14. Pumpkin Moisturizes Damaged And Dry Hair


Pumpkin is known for moisturizing dry and damaged hair. Mix yogurt with pumpkin in a blender, add honey and coconut oil to the mixture and mix them thoroughly. Apply this mixture to your hair and use a plastic cap to cover your hair. After 15 minutes, wash off using conditioner and shampoo.

15. Pumpkin Is A Source Of Omega-3 Fatty Acid

Pumpkin is a source of alpha-linolenic acid, which the body converts to Omega-3 fatty acids, and DHA. There is no need to buy pills that contain Omega-3 fatty acids, all you need to do is eat pumpkins more often.

16. Helps Burn Body Fat


Not all foods help in burning fats since they lack nutrients that increase the body’s metabolic rate. Pumpkin is loaded with nutrients and is low in calories which are good for your health. Pumpkin helps the body burn fats as well as helping to regulate levels of blood sugar.

17. Acts As Antioxidants


Pumpkin contains manganese, beta-carotene, magnesium and Vitamin A which promotes the health of our bodies. These nutrients inhibit the harmful effects of free radicals due to their antioxidant properties. If you want to prevent diseases caused by harmful free radicals, you could increase your intake of pumpkins.

18. Strengthening Bones


Pumpkin improves the health of our bones since pumpkins are rich in magnesium. Moreover, magnesium acts in synergy with calcium to strengthen our bones.

19. Helps Fight Asthma


Asthma is a respiratory disease that causes the bronchial tubes to tighten/constrict making breathing hard. Pumpkin juice contains magnesium which reduces the likelihood of asthmatic attacks.

Side Effects Of Pumpkin Juice
Some people may experience some side effects taking pumpkin juice, though these side effects are rather rare. The side effects include;

  • Pumpkin juice could cause an allergic reaction. Avoid taking pumpkin juice if you are allergic to pumpkin.
  • Pumpkin has anticoagulant properties which are beneficial for the heart. However, this may worsen bleeding disorders especially if taken along with anticoagulant drugs.
  • Drinking pumpkin juice, especially in large quantities could lead to bloating, stomach upset, nausea, and diarrhea. As such, it is advisable to take your pumpkin juice in small quantities and observe how your body reacts.

 

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