Pumpkin-The Natural Medicine

With the coming of fall, it is also the beginning of pumpkin season. You can now enjoy in endless recipes such as pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin bread, pumpkin risotto and our personal favorite-pumpkin pie. Apart from being able to choose from the endless recipe options, at the same time this delicious vegetable has a powerful, healthy effect on your health. We have rounded up the pumpkin's health benefits for you.

Aids Weight Loss

Being rich in fiber, the pumpkin slows digestion. Consuming it keeps you fuller longer. A cup of canned pumpkin contains seven grams of fiber, which is far more than two slices of whole-grained bread. Although it satisfies your appetite, it is low on calories. Canned pumpkin is 90 percent water. It has fewer than 50 calories per serving and at the same time, it keeps you hydrated.

Improves Your Immunity

One of the best ways to fight viruses, infections and infectious diseases that are inevitable in autumn is, of course, the pumpkin. The large amount of vitamin A it contains helps your body to protect itself from all this threats. Moreover, the pumpkin oil is a great weapon against bacterial and fungal infections. It is also full with vitamin C, precisely 20 percent of the recommended daily dosage that help you fight colds faster.

Sharpens Your Vision

The beautiful orange color of the pumpkin comes from the large supply of beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body. Apart from keeping you away from viruses and colds, vitamin A is also essential for your eye health and helps the retina absorbs and process light. One cup of pumpkin has over 200 percent of the daily recommended vitamin A intake, which makes it your perfect optical health keeper.

The pumpkin also contains antioxidants such as zeaxanthin and lutein that are known to treat cataracts and may slow the development of macular degeneration.

Make Your Skin Look Younger

This is also a benefit of the beta-carotene in the pumpkin. It protects you from UV-rays which are the causer of wrinkles on your skin. Another way to take care of your skin is by making a natural face mask from the pulp, that exfoliates and soothes. Take 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin, an egg, a tablespoon of milk and a tablespoon of honey. Mix it all well, leave it on your face for 20 minutes and wash it off with warm water.

Prevents Cancer

Apart from all the other benefits, beta-carotene helps in fighting this life-threatening disease. Research has shown that having beta-carotene-rich diet lowers the risk of lung and prostate cancer.When we put both antioxidants vitamin A and vitamin C together, we get a defence mechanism that acts as shield for your cells against cancer.

Ready to get cooking? We recommend this pumpkin recipe ideas:

1. Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry

2. Pumpkin and Mozzarella Risotto

3. Maple Bacon and Pumpkin Salad

4. Pumpkin and Basil Soup

5. Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Lasagna with Black Olive Butter