The flat, edible, egg-shaped seeds of the pumpkin fruit, also called pepita, have been around for a long time: the ancient Greeks and Native Americans ate them. And with good reason-- they’re chockful of healthy fats, magnesium, zinc and fibre, among other things.
According to Avinash Rajapet, the Program Director & Head Trainer, Fitbee, these seeds are especially beneficial to women with PCOS. “PCOS brings its own set of diet restrictions for women trying to beat the condition, but including these pumpkin seeds in their diet during those times of hormonal imbalances can help improve health,” he says. In addition, he says that the seeds help reduce hair loss and cholesterol and cholesterol and also help decrease the risk of osteoporosis in women after their menopause. “Since they are a rich source of magnesium, they are excellent for bone formation,” he says. Apart from this, they are a natural source of tryptophan, an amino acid that helps to improve sleep patterns, adds Rajapet.
However, do remember, since they are calorie-dense, one must be mindful of portion size. “Eat only a spoonful, no more,” he says.
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