Pumpkin – food for better health and a post-exercise boost?
With the arrival of October pumpkins start to make their annual appearance, but don’t just use them to make Halloween Jack-o-lanterns for the kids – put them on the menu too! Delicious in risottos, stews, casseroles, soups, for making bread and pies or simply roasted, there are no less than four fabulous recipe ideas in the Just Routine App cookbook: Pumpkin Oats for breakfast, a vegetarian Curried Pumpkin and Apple Soup for lunch and for dinner, Chicken Curry with Pumpkin and Thai Pumpkin Soup. Click here to download the app to check them out.
As a rich source of potassium, pumpkin makes for a great post-workout fuel, while aiding with muscle mass and preserving bone density. And if you are exercising to help control your blood pressure, consuming adequate potassium is up there in importance with reducing salt intake.
For general health benefits, pumpkin contains some of the highest levels of beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. This vitamin can offer protection against asthma, delay aging and body degeneration. Regular consumption of pumpkin could also improve cardiovascular health.
Pumpkin comes out among the top three food sources in several studies for containing lutein, zeaxanthin (both important antioxidants vital for eye health) and beta-kryptoxanthin.
It even appears the combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds found in pumpkin have shown this food to have potential cancer prevention and cancer treatment qualities, especially for prostate, breast, colon and lung cancers.
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