Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Healthcare

Pumpkins are your healthy treat to fight cancer

 

    Yummy pumpkins!

Pumpkin feast! It is Halloween time and with the "trick" we can get a "healthy treat"!

Pumpkin are a unique cocktail of healthy anti-oxidants nutrients with powerful anti-cancerous properties: Carotenoids, Fenolic acid, Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

Carotenoids are a phytonutrient that like for carrots and apricots, give pumpkins their characteristic orange color. They are contained in pumpkins at high levels and they turn into Vitamin A in our body, neutralizing free radicals, hazardous molecules that can attack cell membranes and leave the cells vulnerable to damage. Vitamin A is also a known immune booster and helps against allergies. A diet delivering optimal levels of vitamins A is shown to protect against various kinds of cancer (lungs, esophagus, colon, stomach) and to help reduce incidence of cataracts, cardiovascular disease.

Fenolic acid is another healthy nutrient contained in pumpkins. It delivers a powerful synergistic effect with carotenoids by slowing down the absorption of cancerous agents, hence reducing their potential dangerous effects.

Special ingredients Lutein and Zeaxanthin are anti-oxidants as well, creating a powerful mix together with Vitamin A to deliver a true top notch anti-oxidant cocktail. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are naturally occurring compounds found in large amounts in the lens and retina of our eyes where they prevent retina damages caused by free radicals attack to healthy tissue.

Some Useful Data
A cup of cooked pumpkin has only 50 calories and nearly three grams of fiber!
What a perfect healthy addition to our autumn meal. Recent research also suggest that the oil extracted from pumpkin seeds can inhibit benign prostate growth. Trick or Healthy Treat?

Nutrition Breakdown per 1 cup cooked, boiled, drained, and mashed pumpkin:
Calories: 49 calories
Fat: 0.17 grams
Fiber: 2.7 grams (11 percent* DRI**)
Vitamin A: 612 mcg*** (87 percent DRI)
Vitamin C: 11.5 mg (15 percent DRI)
Beta-carotene: 5135 mcg
Potassium: 564 mg (12 percent of DRI)

*Percentages are for women 31 to 50 years old
**DRI, Dietary Recommended Intakes
***Based on a conversion of 1 mcg retinol activity equivalents = 12 mcg of beta-carotene

For more info:
www.wholeliving.com/article/power-foods-pumpkins
www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/oct05/pumpkin1005.htm
www.healthcastle.com/pumpkin_benefits.shtml

Comments

Advertisement

Life

  • Dan Savage
    Dan Savage cares about LGBT youth, bullying and saving lives
    Today's Buzz
  • Raku
    Teachers and students can use this summer to learn a new skill
    Camera
    15 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    Camera
    10 Photos
  • Greek wine
    Unwind with these delicious wines: The thrilling wines of Greece
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Mandy Moore
    Exclusive interview with Celebrity Mandy Moore concerning animal activism
    Camera
    5 Photos
  • Educational family vacations
    Find out how to take an educational family vacation that doesn't break the bank
    Camera
    9 Photos