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Health & Wellbeing / Jayne Cherrington-Cook

4 Healthy Reasons For Eating Pumpkin RN

Sure, carving up a Halloween lantern is all kinds of fun, but don’t forget about *actually* eating a pumpkin this year.

Whether you choose to whip up pumpkin pie (go you), or something more unusual like curried pumpkin, eating this traditional Autumn fare is soo good for your body – and possibly your PMS symptoms too. Here’s why.

1. It’s great for busting colds

Pumpkin contains high levels of Vitamin C, which can help reduce the symptoms and length of a cold. It’s also a good source of beta carotene, which enhances your immunity, making it harder for bacteria to enter into your bloodstream. Try some pumpkin soup for the ultimate comforter when the sniffles hit.

2. Pumpkin fills you up

A hundred grams of pumpkin contains only 26 calories plus it’s packed with fibre, which helps fill you up. However, we still don’t recommend you stuff your face with pumpkin pie! Instead, why not try weaving pumpkin into your favourite dishes? We love pumpkin chilli and pumpkin lasagne.

3. It can help your PMS symptoms

Potassium is an essential mineral we need to keep our hearts and muscles working at their optimal levels. Low potassium levels may also lead to menstrual cramps and other PMS symptoms, so increasing your potassium intake can help reduce symptoms. One cup of pumpkin has around 550 mg of potassium, making it one of the best natural sources of this mineral. And don’t overlook the seeds either. Pumpkin seeds are also great for managing PMS symptoms. They’re a good source of magnesium, which can help make you feel less irritable and also reduce water retention.

4. Pumpkin can fight against ageing

As an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food, pumpkins are great for making your skin look plumper and younger. They also contain carotenoids – this is what gives them their vibrant colour. These are thought to help protect the skin against ageing, plus they also help your body stay younger by keeping your heart healthy and happy.

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