Among all seeds, pumpkin seeds have a special place: their useful properties have been evaluated not only by folk medicine, but also by official medicine. However, their most famous property — to drive the parasites out of our bodies — the most valuable, but far from the only.
Let’s see what else pumpkin seeds are useful?
In pumpkin seeds a lot of zinc.
It is this trace element helps to restore bone density, preventing the development of osteoporosis. By the way, pumpkin seeds will help the inflamed joints too.
And after all, you need quite a bit: just sprinkle your daily fresh vegetable salad with seeds.
Zinc deficiency hits not only the skeleton, but also on the most different organs and systems of our body. Pancreas is no exception.
Zinc helps insulin production, normalizes blood sugar levels, and also regulates digestion, reduces bad cholesterol and facilitates the fight against excess weight (which is also very important for people with diabetes).
Daily use of a small handful of pumpkin seeds helps to restore youth. The useful elements contained in them accelerate cell regeneration, normalize hormonal function, improve eyesight. Very good mineral complex contained in pumpkin seeds (calcium, potassium, iron, sodium, zinc, phosphorus, copper, manganese) affects the condition of the skin, hair and nails.
Not by chance, traditional medicine used this product for the treatment of baldness, both in men and women.
The condition of the hair follicles is perfectly affected by zinc. He also copes with skin problems — from youthful acne, which "dries", premature wrinkles. Healthy skin fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, are also involved in the prevention of skin aging, which pumpkin seeds also contain a lot.
As a result, the skin becomes moisturized and supple, and hair — shiny and strong.
By the way: only raw pumpkin seeds are useful.
Roasted lose their beneficial properties and turn into a delicious delicacy.
On the day you need to eat up to 100 g of pumpkin seeds, but not at once, but divided into several methods.
Pumpkin seeds are especially useful for men. Zinc affects testosterone production and has a very beneficial effect on the prostate gland. Therefore, seeds are good both as prevention of prostatitis, and as a folk remedy that will help in the treatment, if the problem is already concerned.
Scientists have not yet been able to fully investigate the mechanism of the beneficial effects of pumpkin seeds on the prostate, but the men who use them note positive changes.
It is not difficult to make a means for maintaining masculine strength: unroasted pumpkin seeds scrolled in a meat grinder are mixed with honey, the consistency should be such that balls can be rolled out of the mixture (approximately 1 tsp in each).
Then these balls are dried. They take a miracle remedy daily, in the morning, half an hour before breakfast, with a glass of water.
The course lasts a month and a half, then a break of several weeks, and the course is repeated again.
Store pumpkin honey balls in the refrigerator.
By the way: some scientific studies have confirmed that pumpkin seeds contain substances that contribute to such important processes as strengthening the immune defense of the body and increasing its resistance to oncological diseases.
Pumpkin seeds, in principle, have a good effect on organs. "below the belt" — help prevent and treat diseases of the bladder, normalize urination (they are advised to use for children with nocturnal enuresis and men, if problems with the prostate disrupt the urinary function). For the treatment of kidneys used a decoction of seeds, you can make compresses on the kidneys from crushed and diluted in gruel pumpkin and flax seeds. The seeds contain substances that have a diuretic and mild laxative effect.
With cystitis and cholecystitis, pumpkin milk is often used — it is prepared from purified seeds, sugar and water.
By the way: a decoction of pumpkin seeds will help reduce the temperature and significantly soften the cough during a cold.
Finally, the most famous property of pumpkin seeds is anthelmintic.
You can, of course, take a pill to program worms, but this folk remedy is much more useful! The fact is that the seeds (or rather, a thin film surrounding them) contain cucurbitin, an amino acid that is harmless to humans, but it has a destructive effect on parasites, paralyzing them and facilitating their removal from the body. Pumpkin seeds are particularly effective against tapeworms.
The drug is prepared as follows: dried, peeled pumpkin seeds (necessarily with a green film) are ground in a mortar, adding water and a little honey to them.
The resulting mixture should be eaten within an hour, on an empty stomach, in a teaspoon.
Then you need to take a light laxative — for example, castor oil. It is enough for children to give 50-75 g of seeds, for adults a dose — up to 300 g of pumpkin seed.
By the way, this natural anthelmintic can be used for children from 2 years.
When unconditional benefit pumpkin seeds still have contraindications. For example, if they get too carried away, you can provoke an exacerbation of gastric ulcers. It is also worth remembering that pumpkin seeds (like any other seeds and nuts) are very high in calories, per 100 g contains 550 kcal.
This is bad news for people with a tendency to be overweight.