10 – Pumpkin seeds for arthritis
Pumpkin seed oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, and an animal study has shown it to work as well as the anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin for the treatment of arthritis.
Nutrients in Pumpkin Seeds
The pumpkin seed provides the minerals magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, iron, and zinc. They are also a good source of monounsaturated fats, protein, vitamins B1, B2, and B3, vitamin A, and phytosterols, particularly beta-sitosterol.
History of Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkins and small seeds were a distinguished food of the Native Americans, and they used the seeds for both nutrition and making medicine, and had a good reputation for treating worms. The pumpkin seed has become a popular ingredient in Mexican cuisine. The leading producers of pumpkins and pumpkin seeds are China, the United States, India and Mexico.