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Is pumpkin a fruit or vegetable?

By Susan Njire

While commonly viewed as a vegetable pumpkin is scientifically a fruit as it contains seeds. It is nutritionally more similar to vegetables than fruits. Pumpkins are loaded with nutrients that can boost your immune system and help fight infections.It is high in vitamins A and C. It’s supply of vitamin E, iron and folate may strengthen your immunity as well.

Pumpkin’s  high vitamin A contents may protect your eyes against sight loss. Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium. Healthy magnesium levels are important for your blood pressure, blood sugar levels as well as heart and bone health. They are good source of tryptophan,zinc and magnesium which help promote good sleep.

Pumpkin seeds improves male fertility. Infertility in men May be associated with low zinc levels. Including these seeds in daily diet may help improve overall sperm quality. Some evidence suggests that pumpkin seeds may help prevent certain types of cancers like breast,throat, stomach and pancrease.

The chemicals in the pumpkin seeds are called Diuretics. They increase urination which relieves bladder. They may reduce symptoms of benign prostate enlargement and overactive bladder. However they are not good for people on Diuretic drugs.

Pumpkin seeds are good source of fibre which helps keep you feeling full and promotes healthy digestion.However, taking large amount can cause gas or bloating. Also eating large quantities of pumpkin seeds can cause constipation. They have high antioxidant content which reduces your risk of chronic diseases. Lastly, pumpkin leaves are also high in essential vitamins such as A and C.Try it and you will not be disappointed.

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