Maybe you have heard pumpkin seeds are beneficial for bone health, diabetes, heart and liver health, eyes, skin, pregnancy and your overall being.
But, how are pumpkin seeds helpful during menopause? Well, one of the main reasons is that they are very high in zinc, and zinc, like magnesium, is a really important mineral for menopause.
We need zinc for so many different things that affect our day to day life. We need it for our skin, bones, hair and nails, our sex hormones, blood sugar, and nervous system. Zinc is also important to help our immune system stay healthy and strong.
You would be amazed to know how quickly we lose zinc from our bodies, and one of the ways we can lose zinc is through sweating. So if you are getting a lot of hot flushes and night sweats, you may be losing quite a lot of zinc. You can also lose zinc through drinking too much coffee, smoking, drinking alcohol, too much exercise, and stress.
These amazing seeds are also a great source of protein and unsaturated fats, including omega-6 fatty acids. They also contain a good range of nutrients, including iron, zinc, calcium, B2, folate and beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A.
It’s incredible that a little seed can be such an incredible powerhouse of nutrition. It’s a little choice that matters!
How much pumpkin seeds should you eat per day?
A generous sized palm-filled amount of the seeds is going to give you about 17% of your daily required needs for zinc, so that’s quite a high amount for just a small portion of these tasty seeds.
How to eat more pumpkin seeds?
You can just chew them as they are. A great little snack idea! You can sprinkle them on your breakfast cereal, blend them in your yogurt or add them on salads.
So, In conclusion, pumpkin seeds are a powerhouse for health. A few seeds can change your whole health and as we all know menopause can be difficult so here’s a little choice that matters! Grab a handful today!