The National Cancer Institute confirmed that the antioxidant beta-carotene in pumpkin has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer development by helping block the growth of cancerous cells. And Pumpkins are especially recommended for breast cancer, both pumpkins and their seeds have components with cancer-fighting properties, including beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, various tocopherols, and the lignan enterolactone.
A Japanese study showed eating some vegetables(including pumpkins) reduced the risk of breast, lung and colorectal cancer , regardless of the family history of cancer.
Another study from Japan also found reductions in breast cancer risk associated with high intakes of green-yellow vegetables (including pumpkins and carrots) among both premenopausal and postmenopausal women.
Together with other healthy ingredients, you can make this delicious and cancer-fighting soup with pumpkin, check out the guides on how to make this amazing recipe:
- 15 oz pumpkin
- 4 shallots
- 4 cups water
- 2 garlic
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons curry spice
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon chili sauce
Saute shallots using butter, until soft. Then add garlic, ginger and curry spice inside.
Add salt, pumpkin, water, broth and coconut milk and stir well.
Simmer with low heat for half an hour.
Besides, there are more positive effects associated with eating this delicious food, following are some of the most noteworthy:
1. Good For Your Eyesight
As you may already know, vitamin A is essential to good vision. Luckily, pumpkin is packed full of vitamin A, so a healthy dose of pumpkin can actually help improve your vision. Pumpkin contains beta-carotene, a carotenoid responsible for its orange coloration, which the body metabolizes into vitamin A to aid in improving and retaining eyesight.
2. Promote Heart Health
Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, which naturally reduce harmful cholesterol. Include the seeds in your fall festivities to reduce the risk of heart attacks and improve overall heart health.
3. Aid In Weight Loss
Fiber is an effective dieting tool, as it promotes feelings of fullness so you can be content with eating less. Pumpkin is a fiber-rich food, so feel good about indulging as it will not cause weight gain like many other popular holiday foods.
4. Protect Your Skin
Another benefit of carotenoids is their ability to neutralize free radicals, which are notorious for causing wrinkles and various other skin problems. Eat plenty of pumpkin to keep your skin looking young and healthy.
5. Boost Your Immune System
While there is some debate as to whether or not vitamin C plays a role in disease prevention, the vitamin C content of pumpkin can surely do your body some good in terms of strengthening the immune system.
6. Good For Workout Recovery
You may have heard that potassium does a great job of refueling the body after a strenuous workout by initiating the muscle recovery process. While most gym-goers choose bananas as their snack of choice, pumpkin surprisingly has a higher potassium content than its yellow counterpart and therefore can be even more beneficial to your post-workout routine.
7. As A Mood Enhancer
Tryptophan is a chemical most notably associated with turkey due to the lazy contentment felt after a hefty Thanksgiving meal, but pumpkin seeds are also a great source of this amino acid. Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, which is widely known as the “happy” chemical with regards to the brain’s neurochemistry. It is responsible for mood regulation, and increased serotonin is correlated with a better mood.
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