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Pumpkin Seeds: A Powerhouse for Men

May 31, 2016 10:42PM
By Laina Poulakos
The delicious seed hidden inside the bright orange pumpkin is full of healthy properties. This small white seed is brimming with nutrients like iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, fiber and protein. These important nutrients are present in both raw and roasted pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as an important food for men’s health. Their high zinc content is beneficial to prostate health. Their oils can also benefit men’s health by helping with enlarged prostates.

Recent animal studies have shown that pumpkin seeds may also improve insulin regulation. Pumpkin seeds may also help in providing a restful night’s sleep, too. The tryptophan they contain is an amino acid that the body converts into melatonin. Eating a handful of pumpkin seeds with a piece of fruit before bed can help promote a good night’s sleep for men and women.

Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and a certified aromatherapist and herbalist. For a consultation, call 703-851-0087 or visit


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