As if there weren’t already enough reasons to love pumpkin seeds right now with fall in the air, there are so many health benefits of these little seeds. Here are two health benefits of pumpkin seeds that I just love, and I think you will be pretty excited about, too.
1. An excellent source of protein.
Believe it or not, pumpkin seeds have so much protein! Though I am not (and will never be) a vegetarian or vegan, I think that this is great information for those following those diets or who simply want to have less meat in their diets. At nine grams of protein per every ounce of pumpkin, this is a wonderful on-the-go snack, or they go well topped on salads, granola, and much more! This is one of very favorite sources of plant-based proteins!
2. A natural defense against arthritis.
This is something that I struggle with, but I am fascinated to learn how this can help those struggling with arthritis. Because pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, a powerful mineral that relaxes the nerves and muscles, they are one of the greatest foods for rebuilding the bones, strengthening them, and improving blood circulation. Unlike arthritis medications, pumpkin seeds won’t damage any fats in the linings of the joints, which is a very common side effect for those taking the drug. What could be better?