In the early 1900’s, pumpkin seeds were used to treat symptoms for an enlarged prostate as well as other urinary tract problems.
Today we not only realize that pumpkin seeds and excellent source or nutrients for your prostate, but they also contain many libido boosting vitamins, essential sex drive minerals and high levels of zinc – necessary for optimal testosterone production in the body.
Importance of Zinc:
It is believed up to 40% of the adult male population is zinc deficient (4) and zinc is one of the primary nutrients required by the prostate, used in sperm production and shown to reduce prostate diseases. Zinc deficiency has been linked to a major cause of low testosterone levels in men (3).
Low zinc levels are also linked to balding, enlarged prostate and even prostate cancer. Without adequate zinc, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is created within the body. DHT is very harmful as it breaks down natural testosterone, can result in premature balding, has been shown to increase prostate enlargement and potentially even cause prostate cancer.
Fortunately, pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and an excellent natural form of this essential mineral. Pumpkin seeds also contain high levels of vitamins E, C, D, K and B as well as many of the essential sex drive minerals such as potassium, calcium, niacin and phosphorous.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds:
Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of protein, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, which are many of the key nutrients required for optimal male sexual health.
Just a one-fourth cup of pumpkin seeds provides nearly 50% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium (185mg/day). And a small serving of only 25 grams of pumpkin seeds can provide over 20% of the recommended daily intake of iron.
The benefits of pumpkin seeds are not just limited to improving libido. They have also been noted for helping to lower cholesterol, improving prostate function and for the prevention of heart disease, kidney stones and osteoporosis.
Pumpkin seeds are not just good for men. Pumpkin seeds have also been shown to boost female sex drive and increase lubrication.
How to Eat Pumpkin Seeds:
Pumpkin seeds can be eaten raw, straight out of the pumpkin. They can also be fried on a skillet with a bit of olive oil. For those with a sweet tooth, adding a little sugar until is caramelizes in the skillet makes a tasty treat.
Pumpkin seeds can also been purchased roasted and or salted and make a great addition to salads, pesto’s, granola mix and of course make an excellent “eat anywhere” snack.
Next time you are feeling peckish, snack on some pumpkin seeds.