Pumpkin, scientifically known as Cucurbita moschata Duchesne, is found in the tropics. Its leaves are dark green vegetables, used in various soups in West Africa. It is rich in water, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese, vitamins A , K and folate. And very low in cholesterol.
10 Health benefits of Pumpkin Leaves
- Heart Health: Pumpkin leaves promote heart health in two ways. Through its fiber content, which reduces the production of cholesterol, and through its high potassium content.
- Immune System: Its high iron content is needed by red blood cells which transport oxygen and aids healing processes.
- Soft and Subtle Skin: Pumpkin leaves are rich in Vitamin A which helps protect the skin against free radicals and toxins as well as maintain moisture.
- Colon Cancer: Research in the last decades have shown that foods rich in fiber help prevent against Colon Cancer. Pumpkin leaf is rich in fiber.
- Against High Blood Pressure: Pumpkin leaf’s high potassium content has a positive effect on blood pressure.
- Reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis: Pumpkin leaf is rich in Vitamin B6, which helps in curbing joint pain and muscles aches due to arthritis
- Strong bones and teeth: Pumpkin leaf consists of huge amount of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D which are essential for the bones and teeth.
- Premenstrual Syndrome: Many women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which is manifest in mood swings, depression and irritability. Manganese, found in pumpkin leaf can be useful to reduce these monthly situations.Women who suffer from severe PMS symptoms are advised to consume manganese supplements as well as manganese rich foods. Pumpkin leaf is a good source for manganese.
- Against Constipation: As mentioned earlier pumpkin leaf is rich in fiber which helps to adds bulk to stool, making bowel movement easier. So include pumpkin leaf in your regular diet to prevent constipation.
- Keeps you looking younger for longer!: Pumpkin leaf’s copper content is a powerful antioxidant used by the body to defend cell membranes from free radicals. Free radicals attack many organ systems causing premature aging of the skin (wrinkles, age spots), susceptibility to numerous types of cancer, macular degeneration, and kidney malfunctions. Having sufficient copper in your daily diet can keep you younger for longer.