Pumpkins are the most popular of the winter squashes. Most people just associate them with Halloween and making lanterns but pumpkins are "terror-ifically" high in vitamin A, fibre and flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin and carotenes.
Vitamin A and these other antioxidants are essential for good eyesight, glowing skin and healthy mucosa which are membranes that line many cells in our body including those in our respiratory and digestive tracts.
In addition the fibre in pumpkins helps to aid healthy digestion and weight management.
FUN FACT: Pumpkins are actually a fruit because they grow on a vine and have seeds!
Pumpkin seeds are loaded with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, niacin, selenium and zinc.
This provides a colorful splash of energy and support for our immune systems especially as darker, colder, wetter weather sinks in.
Pumpkin seeds also contain beneficial amounts of the amino acid tryptophan which converts into serotonin, our "happy hormone" and so can have positive effects on mood, sleep and anxiety.
So don't throw out your patch of pumpkin goodness.....