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The Powerful Benefits of Pumpkin
Lifestyle
Published Thursday Oct 11, 2018 by Devin Dilday

The Powerful Benefits of Pumpkin

Food
Nutrition
Beauty

Pumpkin season is officially here, and have you heard? It’s actually *scary* good for you. Goodies like pumpkin bread, muffins, and cookies are extremely high in fiber and lower in calories than your run-of-the-mill, traditional treats. As if you needed another excuse to fall in love with pumpkin, here are a few more ways this orange veggie can benefit your beauty routine and overall wellness: 

 

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IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR EYES

A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. They are also high in zinc, which is an essential mineral for keeping your retina healthy. So, next time you’re at the store debating the pumpkin harvest soup, give it a try and you may see a difference in the long run. 

Pro tip: Stick to pumpkin smoothies, soup, and roasted pumpkin to get the full benefits without the high sugar content of other pumpkin snacks. 

 

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IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEART 

Don’t just carve the pumpkin... cook it! According to the HeartMD Institute, pumpkin seeds and pulp are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber—nutrients that benefit your heart, blood pressure, vision and more. 

Pro tip: Add some seasoning to your seeds and put them in the oven for a delicious and healthy snack! 

 

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IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN

Transitioning from the summer heat to fall weather can take a toll on your skin. Don’t panic: pumpkin is here. Helping to protect from the sun’s wrinkle-causing UV rays, organic pumpkin seed oil can be applied to the face for a clear, smooth tone. 

Pro tip: Make a pumpkin face mask by adding eggs and honey to soak in the full nutrients and benefits! Want to test it out yourself? Try this DIY mask

 

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IT’S A SUPERFOOD 

While pumpkins are spooky and fun to decorate—don’t be fooled. They are *actually* one of the most nutritious superfoods out there. Loaded with antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins, they are beneficial in just about every way. #SquashGoals!

Pro tip: Try mixing pumpkin into your daily routine in a smoothie or snack and you’ll notice the difference right away. 

Whether you’re picking out the family Jack-o’-lantern or cruising through the aisles at Trader Joe’s, fall is the season to take full advantage of pumpkin’s amazing benefits! 

Devin Dilday
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Devin Dilday
Social Media Manager
About the author
Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.