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!
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