Few of us know that pumpkin is an extremely nutritious and healthy food, which deserves a more prominent place in our diet. But even for those who consume it, they choose only to add it in pies or other desserts.
Raw pumpkin is more healthy and rich in nutrients than the cooked one. If you have stomach problems, you can add raw pumpkin in salads (with apples, carrots, and some lemon juice) or consume it as juice.
It can also be mixed with honey and lemon to obtain a natural remedy for people with cardiovascular or nervous diseases, such as insomnia or high blood pressure.
Eating pumpkin helps prevent eye disease and improve vision. It is indicated in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver disease or constipation. This vegetable has powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties.
In women, pumpkin eases symptoms of menopause, and in men, it reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Moreover, pumpkin also helps in weight-loss diets.
Pumpkin with honey and lemon
With pumpkin, lemon and honey, you can prepare a natural remedy that helps in reducing high blood pressure and improving vision.
You need two lemons, 2.2 lbs honey and 2.2 lbs pumpkin core.
Cut the pumpkin in half, remove the seeds, peel it and wash the core. Grate the pumpkin core, as well as the lemons after you have removed the seeds. If the lemons are organic, you can keep their peel. Just wash them well.
Add the honey and mix well until you get a smooth paste. Transfer the composition into a glass jar, put the lid on and keep in the refrigerator. Take one spoonful three times a day, half an hour before a meal.
Other benefits of pumpkin
- Boosts Immunity
Pumpkins contain Vitamins A, C and E, iron, carotenoids and magnesium, which help with cellular communication, protect against pathogens and boost the immune system. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, which protects the body from oxidative damage.
- Aids Digestion
Pumpkin is high in fiber which is good for digestion and an efficient absorption of nutrients. It prevents constipation, adds bulk to the stool, absorbs water and controls diarrhea. A cup of raw pumpkin juice mixed with some honey reduces stomach acidity. Drink it three times a day, half an hour before meals.
- Supports Weight Loss
Because pumpkins are high in fiber and low in calories, they can help you feel full longer, while the potassium helps flush out excess water and salt.
- Younger-Looking Skin
Vitamin A promotes younger-looking and healthy skin, while the beta-carotene reduces skin damage caused by the sun. Vitamins C and E improve skin health and encourage collagen production. Vitamin B5 reduces the signs of aging, such as skin spots. Besides eating pumpkin, you can also apply its pulp or juice on your skin.
- Reduces Inflammation
The carotenoids are the ones which give the pumpkin its bright orange color, but they also have anti-inflammatory benefits. By reducing and eliminating the inflammation in the body, you prevent developing chronic health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis or Type 2 diabetes. Eat half a cup of pumpkin, and you benefit from more than 100% of the recommended beta- and alpha-carotene quantity.