The pumpkin belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, it is rich in fibers, vitamins, such as vitamin A, B, C and E and mineral salts, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and magnesium. Moreover, the pumpkin contains antioxidants, useful against aging process and in cancer prevention. The pumpkin has a sweet taste, however, it is a low-calorie food, for this reason it results a very healthy and at the same time easy digestible side dish. The pumpkin can be eaten also by diabetic people, people with high levels of blood sugar or people who are overweight or if you want to prevent these conditions: indeed, according to a scientific study performed by a group of researchers of the Massachusetts University in 2007 and published on the Journal of Medicinal Food, the pumpkin results efficient in order to control the levels of sugar in blood and the body weight. Thanks to the magnesium contained the pumpkin has also calming and relaxing properties and can be helpful in case of insomnia and anxiety. This vegetable is characterized by a diuretic and laxative effect. You can eat the pulp of the pumpkin but also the seeds: in fact the pumpkin seeds are not just a tasty snack but they are also important for the health of the prostate and, more in general, for the problems of the urinary tract, for both male and female, such as cystitis.
Vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidants, against free radicals and aging process, diuretic and laxative properties, against constipation, calming action in case of stress and insomnia, remedy to treat cystitis and other inflammations of the urinary tract, able to protect the health of the prostate.