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Sunday, October 6, 2013

pumpkin time

Pumpkins are rich in beta carotene an antioxidant that helps the body repair free radical damage to cells. The seeds contain vitamin K, minerals including calcium, manganese, ironand phosphorus. They’re a perfect snack when you're stressed because pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and magnesium (two minerals that become depleted when stressed). Just 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds provide 92% of your daily value of magnesium!

Pumpkin seeds are a healthy source of fiber and fat. There’s ~11.9gm of protein in one cup. Pumpkin seeds contain fatty acids that may help get rid of parasites, cleanse blood vessels and stimulate kidney activity. They’re an excellent source of amino acids arginine, leucine, aspartic acid and glutamic acid which, together with other amino acids are used to make muscle protein myosin (an essential component for energy and strong muscular contractions).

Paula Owens, M.S., is the bestselling author of The Power of 4 and Fat Loss Revolution. She is one of the nation's leading experts on nutrition, holistic health, fitness and fat loss. Paula consults with clients locally in her Phoenix office and throughout the world via telephone or Skype. Visit Paula at