Pumpkin Seeds

About Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds (Cucurbita pepo) are the edible seeds of pumpkins which are native to North and Central America, but they are cultivated worldwide. Pumpkin seeds are used as a food supplement and in herbal medicine. Pumpkin seeds can be eaten raw or used as an ingredient in snacks, breads, and seeds mixes.

Pumpkin Seeds Uses, Properties, and Health Benefits

Pumpkin Seeds have diuretic, antioxidant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiglycemic (antidiabetic), and antiparasitic properties.

Pumpkin Seeds have health benefits for prostate cancer, prostatitis, amoebiasis (amebiasis), depression, intestinal worms (helminths), immunodeficiency disorders, parasitic disease, osteoporosis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Pumpkin Seeds Nutritional Information

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Pumpkin Seeds Nutrition Facts (per 100 g)

Nutrition Facts
Calories 446 (22%)
Calories from Fat 162
Total Fat 19.4 g (30%)
Saturated Fat 3.7 g (18%)
Polyunsaturated Fat 8.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6 g
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 77 mg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 8759 mg
Sodium 18 mg
Potassium 919 mg
Total Carbohydrate 53.7 g (18%)
Protein 18.5 g (37%)

Amino Acids
Alanine 875 mg
Arginine 3049 mg
Aspartic Acid 1873 mg
Cystine 228 mg
Glutamic Acid 3262 mg
Glycine 1358 mg
Histidine* 515 mg
Isoleucine
* 956 mg
Leucine* 1572 mg
Lysine
* 1386 mg
Methionine* 417 mg
Phenylalanine
* 924 mg
Proline 756 mg
Serine 868 mg
Threonine* 683 mg
Tryptophan
* 326 mg
Tyrosine 770 mg
Valine* 1491 mg
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Essential Amino Acids

Vitamins
Vitamin A 62 IU (1%)
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin 0.1 mg (3%)
Vitamin B3 Niacin 0.3 mg (1%)
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid 0.1 mg (1%)
Folate 9 mcg (2%)
Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid 0.3 mg

Minerals
Calcium 55 mg (6%)
Copper 0.7 mg (34%)
Iron 3.3 mg (18%)
Magnesium 262 mg (65%)
Manganese 0.5 mg (25%)
Phosphorus 92 mg (9%)
Potassium 919 mg (26%)
Sodium 18 mg (1%)
Zinc 10.3 mg (69%)

Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate % daily values based on 2,000 calories.

References:
https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2151005
https://www.curesdecoded.com/products/pumpkin-seed/957
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3141/2