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Pumpkin, Cucurbita maxima / Cucurbitaceae
Benefits for the health
The pumpkin’s strong orange colour is an indicator of the high content in carotenoids. Pro-vitamin A carotenoids turn into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for sight, growth, the development of bones, the maintenance of the corporal tissues, the reproduction and the development of the hormonal functions and the co-enzymes. Carotenoids have protective antioxidant properties too. Among the rest of substances found in pumpkins are potassium and vitamin E and C.

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Popular tradition
The pumpkin has all the vitamins and minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium or potassium are found in an optimal proportion.

Pumpkin help to eliminate the body liquids, they regulate the hydric balance and helps in slimming diets. The yellow colour is due to carotenes, the best dish for the immune system. The pumpkins seeds have great properties.

Up to 45% of these seeds is composed of valuable unsaturated acids, necessary for our cellular respiration, the synthesis of the cellular wall, the cholesterol transit, the glandular activity, the skin and mucus.

The pumpkin seeds render an indirect help to vitamin D in the metabolism of calcium and the transformation of carotene into vitamin A. On the other hand, the pumpkin seeds are full of nucleic acids, the nature’s rejuvenator. These molecules, quite similar to proteins, rejuvenate and repair the organism’s cells and enable a healthy growth.

The pumpkin’s healing properties are the following: they stimulate digestion and decontaminate the intestine, they diminish lipidemia and they unburden the pancreas, they help to diminish the deposits of fat, they have a diuretic effect that alleviates the kidney and prostate processes, they fortify the immune system, they have a sedative effect, and to end with, they provide the organism with vitamin A.

Pumpkins are recommended in urinary inflammations, kidney failure, haemorrhoids, dyspepsia, enteritis, dysentery, constipation, cardiac diseases, insomnia and diabetes. The seeds are recommended to treat intestinal worms and prostate hypertrophy.
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