Squash seeds are high in nutritional value and an excellent source of vitamins like B1, C, and beta carotene. Thus, the seeds offer many benefits along with their distinct flavor and properties of healing. Squash seeds are grown in large quantities in Mexico, India, the United States and China.
Let us look at the top 15 benefits of this wonderful gift of nature:
Squash seeds are a great snack due to their convenient availability and for the healthy nutrients they contain. Squash seeds can also be seasoned and baked.
Squash seeds are helpful to treat arthritis. They are anti-inflammatory, thus they reduce stiffness, pain and swelling in case of arthritis. These do not have any side effects like increased damaging fats, lipids, peroxides which actually line the joints and increase symptoms of arthritis.
3. Bone Health:
Zinc deficiency can lead to bone fractures. Squash seeds are a good source of zinc that increase bone density. Osteoporosis can be caused due to low levels of zinc in the body, which leads to weakening of the bones of the hip and spine.
Squash seeds are helpful to treat intestinal problems. Gastritis is cured by ingesting squash seeds. Native American tribes use squash seeds to get rid of parasites like tapeworm and roundworm. Squash seeds are also followed by a laxative.
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Squash seeds contain L-triptophan that treats depression. L-triptophan, an amino acid, is a vital nutrient and must be taken in moderate levels.
6. Prostate Health:
Squash seed oil has positive effects on prostate health. Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) enlarges the prostate gland by stimulating testosterone and dihydro testosterone. Seed oil from squash also slows down the cell multiplication.
These contain glutamate that is essential for synthesis of γ-amino butyric acid (GABA). This is an anti-stress neuro chemical inside the brain that reduces anxiety, irritability, and other neurotic problems.
8. Amino acid:
The seeds contain protein – the amino acid tryptophan and glutamate. Tryptophan gets converted into serotonin and niacin, a natural sleeping pill.
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Squash seeds are excellent sources of the anti-oxidant Vitamin E which is a good lipid soluble antioxidant. This makes up tissue cells from the free radicals during injury and maintains the mucus membranes’ integrity. This also protects the skin from free radicals.
They have high caloric protein, fats and are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), which lowers bad LDL cholesterol and increases good HDL cholesterol in the blood. This also helps to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes.
Squash seeds extract treats diabetes and boosts insulin regulation in patients. It maintains kidney function in diabetes. This decreases oxidative stress that plays a vital role to maintain blood sugar levels.
Squash seed extracts and oil have anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-viral benefits.
13. Improves mood:
This is a natural way to cool off the hot flashes, headaches, joint pain and improves mood swings in PMS in women. This also reduces cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
14. Weight loss:
Squash seeds can help you to lose weight since they are filled with fiber and protein. This also contains protein that helps to keep you fuller for a longer time.
15. Sexual benefits:
They have many sexual benefits and are known as the ‘bedroom powerhouse’. This acts as a sexual stimulant, is prostate-friendly and uplifts libido. This helps to maintain healthy prostate functioning and increases sexual performance. This contains phosphorous that plays an important role for healthy erections and a strong libido. Zinc in the seeds maintains the sex hormone testosterone and healthy sperm production in men. It controls sperm release in men during urination and contains the amino acid, Myosin for muscular contractions and energy.
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