Pumpkin is currently on a full-flavor takeover. Autumn is here and that means pumpkin flavored everything is at our fingertips. From bagels to beer, you can enjoy this season’s superfood in abundance! Plus, pumpkin itself is actually one of the healthier foods of the season. So, keep reading to find out why it is totally ok to be obsessed with your favorite pumpkin goodies this year and how they can help your body too!
Eating pumpkin and pumpkin flavored treats may be fun, but tripping in a pumpkin patch and falling is not. Worse yet, what if calling out to The Great Pumpkin for help doesn’t work? That’s why you need Life Alert Protection! While wearing their medical alert button you can summon an emergency medical response fast with just one touch of a button. Plus, their dispatch team is available 24/7 so you never have to worry about your personal protection again! Enjoy your pumpkin flavored goodies and decorations this season under the safety of Life Alert Protection.
Having Life Alert Protection will help you with a fall, and having pumpkin during the fall season has the following benefits according to The Daily Burn
- Feel Fuller
Pumpkin seeds pack about 1.7 grams of dietary fiber per ounce, while mashed pumpkin has only 50 calories per cup and 3 grams of fiber. “Fiber helps keep you fuller longer, which keeps your appetite at bay so you eat less overall,” says nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet.
- Boost Vision
A cup of cubed pumpkin contains almost twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which promotes good vision, especially in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health. It has also been found to slow the decline of retinal function in those with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that can lead to blindness, according to researchers from Harvard. Bonus: Vitamin A also helps form and maintain healthy skin, teeth and bones.
- Lower Blood Pressure
Pumpkin seed oil is full of phytoestrogens, which research shows are beneficial for preventing hypertension. When researchers fed rats a diet supplement with the oil, they found that it helped lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in just 12 weeks.
- Sleep Better
Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan, the amino acid that contributes to post-Thanksgiving dinner sleepiness, says Virgin. Tryptophan is also responsible for helping the body make serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that helps you relax and unwind. Not only do pumpkin seeds promote better sleep, the serotonin will improve your mood, says Virgin.
- Protect Your Package
Pumpkins — especially the seeds — are rich in beta-carotene and other antioxidants with cancer protective properties, says Virgin. And pumpkin seeds could be especially healthy for men. Researchers in Taiwan found pumpkin seed oil blocked unhealthy prostate growth in male rats. A quarter cup of the seeds also contains about 2.75 mg of zinc (about 17 percent of the recommended daily intake for adults), which contributes to male sexual health. When young men in a Wayne State University study restricted their dietary zinc intake, they had significantly lower levels of testosterone after 20 weeks.
- Have a Healthier Heart
All that fiber can also help protect your ticker, research shows. One Harvard study of over 40,000 male health professionals found that those who ate a diet high in fiber had a 40 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease, compared to those who ate a diet low in fiber. A more recent study by Swedish researchers found that women who ate a diet high in fiber had a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease compared with women who ate a low fiber diet. Men benefitted less, likely because they’re more likely to get their fiber from breads, while women are more likely to get their fiber from healthier sources, like fruits and vegetables, the researchers write. That means pumpkin-laced desserts won’t quite cut it. For a healthier way to add pumpkin into your diet, adding pumpkin chunks to a roasted vegetable medley, or sprinkling pumpkin seeds on top of your salad. Feeling even more creative? Try pumpkin puree in place of nut butters as a spread, Virgin suggests. And for an energizing morning smoothie, blend a high-quality protein powder with coconut milk, chia seeds, pureed pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Happy fall indeed!
With so many reasons to love pumpkin, it’s no wonder it is Fall’s most in demand flavor! So if you find yourself wanting to whip up some yummy pumpkin bread muffins, do so under the safety of Life Alert Protection. Their lightweight waterproof button allows you to move around the kitchen, home or wherever safely knowing that help is a button for any medical or home emergency.
So love all things pumpkin this season under the safety of Life Alert Protection! To learn more about all of Life Alert’s lifesaving services, call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure.
- Domonell, Kristen. “6 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin.” Daily Burn. 7 October 2014. <http://dailyburn.com/life/health/pumpkin-health-benefits/ >.