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The Power of Pumpkin

Kristina Cadwell  
October 17, 2019  

It’s that time of the year when the leaves start turning into a plethora of fantastic fall colors, slowly covering our sidewalks, and the sun doesn’t blaze heatwaves like in the summer. You probably associate the fall season with family and holidays such as Thanksgiving and Halloween where pumpkins are displayed throughout the neighborhood. Most people use pumpkins to carve holiday decorations or to indulge in traditional fall baked goods, but not many people know pumpkin’s benefits to our skin and overall health.

People who find themselves living in harsh, dry climates have an increased chance of contracting skin diseases and wrinkles, making it vital to consume Vitamins A, C, E, and antioxidants to keep their skin plump and glowing. Understand that the changeover from the summer heat to the chilly fall weather can take a toll on your skin. That is why you need to learn just how the famous fall fruit, the pumpkin, can create amazing benefits for your skin, hair, and overall health.

Internal and External Health Benefits of Pumpkins

This wonderfully colored fruit not only decorates our front yards and welcomes the sweet candy-hungry trick-or-treaters to our doors, but it is also rich in nutrients. The power of the pumpkin is found in its ingredients which consist of Vitamins A, C, and E, flavonoids, and antioxidants. It is also a great source of B complex vitamins and is rich in iron, copper, potassium, calcium, and phosphorous. When consuming this piece of heaven, you need to know that they are available in all shapes and sizes. Pumpkins can be a perfect addition to a variety of baked goods and mouth-watering dishes that will be hard to keep away from. Not only will it satisfy your taste buds, it will also improve the look and feel of your skin along with increasing your overall health.

Internal Health Benefits of the Pumpkin
  1. Boosts your Immune System – It is vital to build up your immune system to help your body fight off infection and bacteria that can prove harmful to our bodies. Pumpkin contains extraordinary amounts of magnesium, crucial in maintaining muscle performance and boosting our immunity to dangerous diseases. Say hello to pumpkin and goodbye to the common cold, flu, or fevers that can slow us down during this time of the year.
  2. Decreases the chances of prostate cancer – Many men struggle with increased chances of contracting prostate cancer caused by the overstimulation of male hormones. The consumption of pumpkin, which is high in carotenoids and zinc, can protect against the introduction of this type of cancer.
  3. Prevents Inflammatory Diseases – Many individuals in their mid-life begin to struggle with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. The power of this fruit feeds the body nutrients that can decrease the risks of developing diseases like these.
  4. Decreases the chances of eye disease – This bright-colored squash that satisfies our taste buds is filled with Vitamin A that can keep our eyes healthy. This vitamin is vital in the battle of age-related macular diseases that many people struggle with in their elderly years. Zeaxanthin found in pumpkin has an effect on filtering UV rays in the retina of the eyes.
  5. Provides healthy bones and healthy heart – The spooky Halloween gourd that kids cherish during this time of the year is one of the best sources of Vitamin K. If you had no idea now you might be surprised to know that just one serving of pumpkin provides 20% of the daily recommended dosage of Vitamin K. This nutrient is more than crucial in maintaining overall heart health and bone density.
  6. Relieves stress and depression – In this day and age, because of our fast-paced lives, many people struggle with stress and depression. It is essential to take the appropriate steps to relieve ourselves from such symptoms. You will be happy to know that pumpkin is rich in L-tryptophan, which is a nutrient that reduces depression and stress. Not only will it make us more comfortable, but it can also have dramatic effects on insomnia. It has soothing properties that keep us sleeping happily.

Pumpkin is low in Calories – Sit back and feel free to generously consume this orange vegetable that keeps trick-or-treaters in awe of our doorsteps during Halloween. It is low in calories and easy to consume, especially if you are on a restrictive diet. One hundred grams of pumpkin contains only 26 calories, and we are pretty sure that is incredible news. 

Healthy Skin Benefits
  1. Treats dry skin – Take advantage of the fall season and nourish your skin with a pumpkin mask that can exfoliate and condition your skin during the chilly season.
  2. Treats dark spots – Harsh summer months can take a toll on our skin, causing dark spots to appear. Because pumpkin is rich in numerous nutrients, it can feed your skin and decrease the appearance of dark spots.
  3. Has anti-aging benefits – Because pumpkin is a powerful antioxidant and filled with beta-carotene, it can have dramatic effects on the reversal of UV damage. Vitamins A and C found in pumpkin can help soften and soothe skin and increase collagen production which helps stall the signs of aging.
  4. Decreases signs of acne – Zinc is an essential nutrient that is beneficial to people who suffer from acne. Zinc assists in the regulation of hormone levels and oil production. Without this nutrient, your skin will prolong the healing process. Not only does pumpkin provide vital amounts of Zinc, it is an excellent source of Vitamin B, which is crucial in fighting the signs of acne. It can also increase the chances of cell turnover and renewal.

Pumpkins can give you healthy silky hair – Not only does pumpkin encourage the look of beautiful skin, it is a rich source of minerals that your hair can drastically benefit from. The potassium found in a pumpkin’s ingredients keeps hair feeling healthy and significantly improves re-growth. Pumpkin also contains folate, which is a crucial B vitamin that directly increases hair growth by improving blood circulation. If you find your hair affected by the dry chilly air, pumpkins can be used as a puree or a daily conditioner during the colder seasons.

Pumpkins can be utilized in a variety of ways, whether we consume it in a tasty dish or use it on our skin to reap the benefits its nutrients can have on our overall skin health. By getting creative with pumpkins and not purchasing them merely to decorate our front steps during the holiday season, we can be healthy from the inside out!

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Kristina Cadwell
PA Kristina Cadwell graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed the Physician Assistant program at A.T. Still University graduating with a Masters of Medical Science degree. Kristina has been working in the Aesthetic Medical field for over 10 years. She is certified in neurotoxin cosmetic injection, dermal fillers, Plasma Pen skin tightening, chemical peels, and laser therapy. She is known for producing natural results and has extensive knowledge in diet and exercise allowing her to help you achieve vibrant skin from the inside out.
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