Eat More Pumpkin Seeds!

A pile of pumpkin seed on a grey wood surfaceWhy pumpkin seeds?

Surprisingly, these little wonders have an amazing checklist of  potential health benefits. Packed with magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and vitamin K, experts consider pumpkin seeds to be some of the world’s healthiest foods.

In fact, a recent study showed that pumpkin seeds, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, offer a heart-healthy noshing option by reducing blood pressure. Also known as pepitas, the flat, dark-green seeds may also lower cholesterol, reduce diabetes risk, aid weight loss, improve your mood—and even fight cancer.

Here are some of the great things pumpkin seeds can do to protect and even improve your health.

1. Fights cancer

A new study published in Current Pharmaceutical Design reports that compounds known as cucurbitacins can help combat cancer–and pumpkin seeds are loaded with them. These compounds have been shown to kill various types of cancer cells and also have potent anti-inflammatory properties. “Taking all of these effects into account, cucurbitacins may prove useful in the treatment of different types of cancer,” researchers from University of Valencia, Spain report.