As it turns out, the seeds of pumpkin are also beneficial to the prostate gland. In fact, researchers at Germany’s Bundesforschungsanstaldt -- their Food and Drug Administration -- have found that pumpkin seeds are helpful in controlling BPH, or enlarged prostate, due to their concentration of a group of compounds known as lignans. The zinc in the seeds probably helps as well, as zinc is essential to the health of this important male gland.
The dark green oil derived from pumpkin seeds makes a prostate-healthy salad dressing, and is rich in essential fatty acids. Might as well get your food and your medicine at the same time. Pumpkin seed oil is delicious, one of the best-tasting food oils in the world.
Most people don’t like to talk about intestinal worms, but they are common. In addition to all other benefits gained from this remarkable food, pumpkin seeds are an age-old food for killing and expelling these unwanted GI tract hitch-hikers. And they have science to back this up. This makes them a vermifuge, a worm-killer. Pumpkin seeds combat intestinal worms, from tapeworms and flat worms, to pin worms. These worm-fighting properties appear due to a substance called curcubitacin. Relatives of this compound also found in pumpkins are anti-inflammatory, perhaps explaining the consumption of pumpkin seeds for relieving arthritis pain.
So there you have it. Pumpkins are a superstar food in our midst. All in all, the pumpkin, besides being a much beloved holiday artifact, is a profoundly good-for-you food that deserves its popularity, offering delicious flavor and a plethora of protective properties as well.
For complete article -http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/10/22/pumpkins-healthy-seasonal-food/
Try out this deliciously healthy twist on ritz crackers!
Both kids, and adults, will love this classic buttery cracker, with half the butter.
Top with Pumpkin Seed Butter for extra pumpkin goodness, and the vitamins and minerals that come with! These are also great dipped in hummus, or stacked with cheese!
Here's the recipe:
Pumpkin Seed Oil Crackers
2 cup - organic all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp - ground flax meal
3 tsp - baking powder (aluminum free)
1 Tbsp - organic cane sugar*
1/2 tsp - sea salt
4 Tbsp - organic butter
5 Tbsp - Pumpkin Seed Butter
2/3 Cup - cold water
*Honey can be used in place of sugar, but must be added in with the oil and butter
Preheat oven to 400°
In a food processor:
Combine flour, flax meal, baking powder, sugar, & salt
Pulse to combine.
Cut cold butter into tablespoons and add into mixture
Add in pumpkin seed oil
(if using honey in place of sugar, add in now)
Pulse until butter is cut into small balls and oil is combined.
Add in water, small amounts at a time. Pulse to combine after each addition of water.
Continue with this process until the dough starts to form a ball, but is not wet.
It should look like this:
On a lightly floured surface, roll out small amounts of dough, half as thick as you would like your crackers to be. Avoid handling the dough too much or it will loose its flakey texture.
Using a cookie cutter, cut out your crackers. We used a round tin cutter about 2"
in diameter, but any shape around this size will do!
Place crackers on a stone baking sheet. You can place them relatively close together as they will only rise, not spread.
(If using a non stick baking sheet, lightly grease it.)
Prick crackers with a fork to prevent air bubbles from forming.
Bake for 10 minutes at 400° or until slightly golden.
If desired, spread melted butter on top of the crackers while they are still warm.
Let cool, and enjoy!
Great information on how Magnesium is absorbed through your skin!
And what is full of Magnesium??? Pumpkin Seed Oil!
Topical magnesium, a method of delivering minerals to the body through the skin, may seem at first mysterious and new, but it’s based on both age-old principles and cutting edge science.
Have you ever used a patch to help you quit smoking, or to alleviate pain? What about Ben Gay? Or how about that expensive skin creme you bought to help give your skin a healthy glow?
If you’ve used or are familiar with any of these products, then you are familiar with the basic concepts behind topical applications of magnesium.
HOW IS TOPICAL MAGNESIUM ABSORBED THROUGH THE SKIN?
The skin, the largest organ of the body, has three primary functions:
When you sweat, for example, you are both controlling your body’s temperature and naturally excreting toxins through your skin. If you can push out toxins, you can pull them in as well. One example of this phenomenon is that fact that a person who regularly uses underarm deodorant containing aluminum will actually show aluminum content in a fecal or urine test.
A Definition of Dermal AbsorptionIn fact, many substances do pass into the body from the outer surface of the skin and into the circulation. To understand how this works, imagine a tightly woven fabric. While from a distance it may appear impervious, at close range it is actually highly porous. It is this porous nature of the skin, with its millions of tiny openings, that allows not only sweat and other toxins to escape, but also enables the absorption of some substances.
The process is known as dermal absorption. Once a substance passes through the outer layers of skin, it passes into the lymph and local vascular (blood vessel) system and soon after into the bloodstream.
Dr. Oz is always giving us great information! This last week he talked about 5 fixes for your biggest health complaints. And guess what?? Pumpkin Seed Powder is one of them! Thanks Dr. Oz for sharing about the benefits of Pumpkin Seed Powder!
Check out this news segment by KDRV channel 12!
Pumpkin Seed Oil...
14 g (around a Tablespoon) of pumpkin seed oil has about 120 calories, but most of these calories are healthy fatty acids. We need these kind of fats in our diet and the health nutrient content of foods like pumpkin seed oil should generally always come before considerations about calories. Pumpkin seed oil is sensitive to light and heat so keep the bottled oil in the refrigerator. Stored this way, it should last for several months.
More great News about Pumpkin Seed Oil!
The benefits of Pumpkin seed oil may also extend to helping with the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The high fatty acid content may help reduce inflammation in the GI tract and people are reporting a lessening of symptoms when they take pumpkin seed oil regularly.
Did you know??
Pumpkin seed oil is used for its anti-inflammatory properties, and as a natural remedy for various eye problems, including macular degeneration. Using on a regular basis is linked to a better bone health, less intense arthritics pains, musculalr cramps.
One of the most commonly used pumpkin seed oil benefits is using calming properties of this oil to get rid of stresses, insomnia and other similar problems.
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