Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence.
All parts are interconnected.
– T. Collin Campbell
Did you know pumpkins have three, nourishing parts?
1 The Flesh
While pumpkin pulp is best known for pies, pumpkin carotenoids [the orange, yellow or red pigments plants produce to absorb sunlight] act as antioxidants. They fight the free radicals roaming around looking to damage healthy tissue.
In her article, ‘6 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkins,” New York Times best-selling physician Amy Myers, MD adds that the beta carotene in pumpkins support eye and skin health. Plus, the vitamin A in pumpkins prompts, “the production of white blood cells, which fights off pathogens in your bloodstream.” Learn more & check the sources.
2 The Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are more than tasty snacks. Pumpkin seed’s high amount of magnesium helps form and maintain healthy bones, reduce heart disease risks and control blood pressure.
Healthline reports that zinc and the amino acid tryptophan in pumpkin seeds can improve sleep. The article, “Science-Based Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds,” notes studies linking pumpkin seeds to reduced risk of stomach, breast, lung, prostate and colon cancers. Another, ‘large, observational study found that eating them was associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.” Read more & check the sources.
3 Pumpkin Seed Oil
Very Well Health reports that the oil extracted from pumpkin seeds contains fatty acids and phytosterols, which interfere with cholesterol absorption in the intestines. A 20111 study found, “significant improvement in menopausal symptoms,” like hot flashes, headaches and joint pain. A 2014 study showed that pumpkin seed oil increased hair growth. Read more & check the sources.
Southwestern Pennsylvania is now experiencing first frosts, a great time to visit a pumpkin patch. Here’s The Ultimate Guide.
In addition to this post’s videos, here are 23 Healthy Pumpkin recipes.
And here’s how to “Carve A Jack-O-Lantern” in seven steps, with pictures.
Here are more great recipes:
Sandra’s Art on Fleece Blankets
This photograph was taken at a farm stand beside the fields where these pumpkins were picked. I’d driven to Sharon, Pennsylvania to experience the marvelous Water Fire live-art performance and enjoyed a great weekend in farm country.
About these luxuriously soft blankets:
- Bottom is white
- 100% polyester fleece available as either:
- Plus fleece is soft and fluffy on both sides
- Sherpa blankets are smooth like a soft sweater [shorter threads allow sharper image]
- Machine wash cold and tumble dry with low heat
- Two sizes
- 50”x60” – $45.00
- 60”x80” – $49.50
- Manufacturer recommends: 50×60 Plus Fleece is soft and luxurious on both sides. Artwork looks incredible. Size works for everyone.
Be sure to sample the VERTICAL [tall] ORIENTATION.
CUSTOMIZE. Use tools with item to:
- Enlarge, reduce size of art
- Change placement of art and text
- Choose background colors
Click on pictured item to purchase.
Shop All Fleece Blankets HERE.
Keep in Mind
All information offered here is meant to encourage, refresh, enrich creative thinking and inspire. With a Masters Degree in Fine Arts, Sandra Gould Ford is an artist, author, educator and former steelworker who intends to lift hearts and spirits, our awareness and humanity.
Know that information explored here may be time sensitive and could have been updated. This material prescribes neither drugs nor therapies. Further, this brief post cannot cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic responses, adverse effects or appropriateness for any individual.
Blessings and Good Health.