Pumpkin seeds originated in Central America. Native Americans used the seeds for food as well as medicine. In many cultures, pumpkin seeds are used as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites. The pumpkin is actually a fruit, and its seeds are also known as pepitas.
- high in zinc, which protects against osteoporosis
- reduce the enlargement of the prostate gland for good prostate health
- contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression
- ½ cup contains 92% of the magnesium you need in a day