Health Benefits of Pumpkins!

Health Benefits of Pumpkins!


Benny the Pumpkin

Benny the Pumpkin


In light of this year’s early pumpkin harvest due to the extra-long and warm summer, I thought I would write a quick post on their health benefits.  I hope you get a chance to partake in this tasty and nutritious squash this fall!



Cancer Prevention & Skin Health

The beta-carotene content in pumpkins can fight cancer and protects the skin (such as against wrinkles) – it’s also what makes them orange! 😉



Heart Health

Snack on a few pumpkin seeds for a boost to your heart.  This little guys reduce bad cholesterol, and have good fats that are beneficial to your heart.



Mood & Relaxation

Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, helping to elevate your mood and get you a good night’s sleep.



General Health

The seeds provide the important elements iron, selenium, niacin, and zinc, but no cholesterol.  They also have lots of fiber & protein, making them an all-around good snack, perfect for on-the-go if you’re in a rush or as a movie night treat!



Muscle Function

Pumpkin is a great source of potassium – 1 cup of cooked pumpkin reportedly has more potassium than a banana.  This is great for muscle restoration after a workout or overall health and detoxification and is an important element to support a healthy and properly working body.



Cancer Prevention

Pumpkins are rich in an essential vitamin with cancer-fighting properties – namely, vitamin A.




Vitamin A also helps your sight, and zea-xanthin, another antioxidant found in pumpkin, fights age-related macular disease (ARMD) by helping filter UV light in the retina.



Immune System

Like so many great fruits and veggies, pumpkins have lots of vitamin C to support good immune function and fight colds and infections.




So whether you enjoy your pumpkin in a latte, frappuccino, soup or pie, don’t forget to savour the amazingness of this festive fall fruit!


Best wishes to you as the colourful season approaches!







Health Benefits of ALMONDS


“Compared to all other nuts, almonds are the most packed with nutrients and beneficial components.”


Here’s a neat infographic on the nutritional benefits and properties of almonds (from


The Rundown

What almonds do, in short

  • Help maintain overall health of the nervous system
  • Keep your heart healthy
  • Help maintain a healthy amount of good cholesterol while reducing bad cholesterol (this also reduces your risk of getting heart disease)
  • Aid in the maintenance of healthy hair, skin, & teeth
  • Prevent colon cancer (due to their high fibre content)
  • Regulate blood sugar (as they contain potassium)
  • Help you lose weight
  • Alkalize your body
  • Keep your energy up and raise your metabolism

Almonds help maintain heart health

          The monounsaturated fats, protein, potassium, and vitamin E that almonds have reduces the risk of heart diseases.

Almonds help you lose weight

          You may think almonds will make you gain weight due to their fat content, but the fat they contain is unsaturated.  This is good, natural fat, which fills you, making you less likely to reach for a candy bar or something junky later.  The dietary fibre in almonds also contributes to a full-stomach feeling, and helps maintain consistent bowel movements and prevents constipation, leading to a good-working system that isn’t holding onto fat but is being consistently cleaned-out! 

Almonds alkalize your body

                When your body is too acidic, you can experience low energy, weight gain, poor immune function, and develop osteoporosis.  Almonds counteract these symptoms because they are alkaline. 

Almonds increase Energy & increase your Metabolism

         Almonds release energy slowly and keep you boosted throughout the day because they contain manganese, copper, and riboflavin.

Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutrients

  • B vitamins
  • Vitamin E – eliminates free radicals.  Free radicals cause damage in your body.  Studies have shown that people are less likely to get heart disease if they consume high levels of vitamin E.
  • Calcium and Phosphorous – help keep your bones and teeth healthy.  Just make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D, which will allow your body to properly absorb these minerals.
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium – can help your body avoid a heart attack
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Niacin
  • Copper
  • FIBRE 🙂
  • Phytosterols
  • Unsaturated fat (aka good fat)
  • Folic acid – reduces homocysteine, which causes plaque buildup in arteries
  • Potassium – regulates blood pressure
  • Protein

Fatty Acids

We need to get our fatty acids from food because our bodies can’t create them itself.  Almonds contain healthy fatty acids – linoleic and linolenic (see below, Anti-Inflammatory, for more info).


The folic acid almonds contain helps reduce birth defects and stimulates healthy cell growth and tissue formation.


Food for your Brain – Protect against Alzheimer’s

          Almonds have 2 important nutrients your brain needs: riboflavin and L-carnitine

          These have been found to increase brain activity and fight Alzheimer’s


          The linoleic and linolenic acids in almonds (which are fatty acids) reduce inflammation