A largely grown vegetable: Pumpkin is immensely rich in vital antioxidants and vitamins. Naturally it's less in calories, but it carries vitamin-A, and flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin, and carotenes in abundance. It does belong to the Cucurbitaceae, or cucumber, family. Scientific name is Cucurbita.
In Bengali, we call it - Mishtikumro. Pumpkin is a fast-growing vine that of other Cucurbitaceae family vegetables and fruits such as cucumber, squash, cantaloupes, etc. In Bangladesh it's largely available. Usually it appears at the last portion of summer. Along with this, it appears at the last portion of winter too. It's the one that yield edible seeds too. Pumpkin is consuming here as vegetable.
Almost everywhere in the country, we taste the 'Vaji' (A typical Bangladeshi food item) cooked from Pumpkin. Somewhere Pumpkin is also cooked with red meat, like: Beef or Mutton; as the curry. Pumpkin itself is actually one of the healthier foods of the season. Here are six reasons it's OK to be totally obsessed with this season's super food.
Health benefits of Pumpkin
* Many-more anti-oxidant vitamins are available in Pumpkin, such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C, and vitamin-E.
* Per 100g raw Pumpkin confirms 26 calories and has no saturated fats or cholesterol. But it is rich in dietary fiber and minerals. In cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs it's largely recommended by the dieticians.
* It is also an excellent source of many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds such as ?, ß-carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin-A inside the human body.
* Zea-xanthin is a natural anti-oxidant which has UV (ultra-violet) rays filtering actions in the macula lutea in the retina of the eyes. Thus, it may offer protection from "age-related macular disease" (ARMD) in the older adults.
* It's a very well source of folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid and more B-complex group of vitamins.
* It is also a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
* Pumpkin seeds Pumpkin seeds indeed are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. Also, the seeds are concentrated sources of protein, minerals, and health-benefiting vitamins. For instance, 100 g of pumpkin seeds provide 559 calories, 30 g of protein, 110% RDA of iron, 4987 mg of niacin (31% RDA), selenium (17% of RDA), zinc (71%), etc., but zero cholesterol. Further, the seeds are an excellent source of health promoting amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan converted into GABA in the brain.
Along with these Pumpkin leaves are also the very good source for vegetable in our country. Many main dishes are made from these. Various native fishes are the main protein ingredients for those delicious dishes.
Wallago, Indian torrent catfish, Gray eel-catfish, Gangetic mystus, Great snakehead, Yellowtail catfish, and Spotted snakehead are notable of them. Whatever the case may be, but one thing is commonly require: green Chili hotness. And many-more native seasoning-spice-condiment are naturally used in those dishes. There are various type of recipes are operable for pumpkin leaves curry. Very interesting thing is many African communities are also fond of Pumpkin leaves.
There plenty of references that they use this green vegetable in their daily food item regularly. Pumpkin leaves have a healthy amount of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron, while still staying very low on the calorie front. Aside from the vision benefits in Vitamin A that the leaves provide, there are also numerous skin benefits.
Vitamin C helps to heal wounds and form scar tissue, and maintain healthy bones, skin, and teeth. However since the body cannot produce this vitamin on its own or even store it, you should be consistently getting enough vitamin C in your diet.
According to www.naij.com, here are top 10 unbelievable health benefits of consuming Pumpkin leaves.
1. Prevention of convulsion: The young leaves sliced and mixed with coconut water and salt are stored in a bottle and used for the treatment of convulsion in ethno medicine.
2. Lowers cholesterol: leaves has hypolipdemic effect and may be a useful therapy in hypercholestolemia.
3. Boost fertility: A particular study showed that pumpkin has the potential to regenerate testicular damage and also increase spermatogenesis.
4. It has liver protecting effects.
5. It has antibacterial effects
6. The leaves are rich in iron and play a key role in the cure of anaemia, (my mother used to mix the leaf extract with milk)
7. They are also noted for lactating properties and are in high demand for nursing mothers.
8. It has a hypoglycaemic (sugar reducing) effect. It is good for diabetics
9. Increases Blood Volume and Boost Immune System
10. The high protein content in leaves of plants such as pumpkin could have supplementary effect for the daily protein requirement of the body.