Hello Naturally Obsessed Readers,
It’s TheHeartfeltHoney and I’m here with this week’s Food For Thought: Pumpkin! I am going to be honest with you all. When I thought to use Pumpkin as a food for thought I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to find very much information on the benefits of Pumpkin on hair. Needless to say, I was wrong!! Surprisingly enough, Pumpkin whether directly applied topically or ingested is great for hair.
According to ehow.com, Pumpkin seeds contain the fatty oils with linoleic acid and oleic acid, both known to prevent cancer-causing cell production. They are also an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C and nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron. Most beneficial to those suffering from hair loss, the seeds contain cucurbitin, a unique amino that may be responsible for Pumpkin seeds' effects on hair growth. Pumpkin is also considered a ‘super food’ by many researchers because it is so rich in arytenoids which are fat soluble substances found in many plants. There are more than 50 arytenoids are found in Pumpkin.
So, how can we use Pumpkin to improve the quality of our hair and skin? Ingesting Pumpkin is an easy and tasty way to help retain hair. Eating two hands full of Pumpkin seeds a day you increase your zinc intake. According to Source 5, a reduced level in Zinc in the body can result in poor hair growth and dandruff. You can find Pumpkin seeds at your local convenient and health stores. They come in a variety of ways including dried, shelled, salted or roasted. If you are looking for another use for those Halloween Pumpkins, try this fun recipe from ehow.com for roasted Pumpkin seeds and there is always the classic Pumpkin pieJ
We can also reap the benefits of Pumpkin by applying it externally. The oil from Pumpkin seeds is believed to effect testosterone and androgen levels in the body. Lack of androgens in the body is believed to be a primary cause of hair loss. You can also purchase Pumpkin seed oil at your local health food store or online by visiting Amazon.com. Also visit BellaSugar.com for a fun and easy Pumpkin facial mask.
I found so many wonderful ways we can benefit from Pumpkin during my research that I decided to compile a short list of them here for you via HairLossSupplements.com:
*Research has been done on the benefits of arytenoids and it is found that foods like Pumpkin can decrease the risk of cancers including lung, cervical, colon, breast, bladder and especially skin cancer, since arytenoids are known to protect the skin (and eyes) from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
*One 13-year-long study also noted a strong positive relationship between a diet high in carotenoid-rich foods and a decreased risk in heart disease.
*Beta carotene is not only a powerful antioxidant, but it is also considered an anti-inflammatory, which prevents the buildup oxidized cholesterol on blood vessel and arterial walls (atherosclerosis), thus reducing the risk of stroke or heart attack.
*There are no known side effects to eating Pumpkin or taking it for medicinal purposes. It is recommended however, that when purchasing products for their healing properties, the seeds contain 30 percent of the unsaturated fats (linoleic and oleic fatty acids).
I hope you enjoyed this post. For more fun ways to easily incorporate Pumpkin in to your diet check out ehow.com. Until next time, I wish you all peace and light. For more from me visit me at my YouTube channel TheHeartfeltHoney or at HoneyCee.blogspot.com.