Pumpkin - autumn's beautiful gift

Autumn is a season of everything yellow, orange and brown. It's a season of falling leaves, foggy days and cozy nights by fireplace. It's also a season of pumpkins, source of happiness and cheer! We are absolutely in love with them! Why? They contain loads of nutrients that can benefit you in ways you would never have thought of.

Pumpkin flesh is a great source of L - tryptophan, a chemical that triggers feelings of well - being, improving both mood and sleep. It is also high in vitamin C, beta - carotene, magnesium, potassium, vitamins B, copper, lutein, manganese, and zeaxanthin. The seeds are packed with fiber, protein, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin K, as well as healthy unsaturated fats.

Pumpkin can be a great friend for those trying to lose weight, as it's high in fiber and water and low in calories. Its high content of beta - carotene converts into vitamin A in our body, and that, along with antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, greatly improves eye health, decreasing risk of macular degeneration and helping prevent cataracts. Pumpkin can be amazing for treating a dull complexion, aging skin or acne. Both vitamins A and C soothe the skin and boost collagen production. Zinc controls the oil production and assists with skin healing. Vitamin E and essential fatty acids help the skin cells maintain good barrier function.
Eating pumpkin regularly is great for our health, as both vitamins A and C help fight infections and decrease inflammation. The magnesium works along calcium for building healthy bones and pumpkins have a good amount of it. It also supports, along with potassium and fiber, healthy heart and blood pressure, helping with good blood circulation.

There are plenty of ways you can use pumpkin, be it in a soup, bread, salad or risotto. Use your imagination and enjoy this beautiful autumn creation!

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