No it is not just for Fall decoration or pie.
Yes you know what it is already...pumpkin!
Pumpkins sit on our front steps or porch in the Fall, get carved with funny faces and are made into pies about once a years. f After that, they are pushed aside and we do not seek them out until next year.
But maybe this info will bring new insight into how much you desire this in your diet.
Researchers Discover New Way Pumpkin Fights Cancer
Pumpkin has already been known to be a powerful food. It is a rich source of some powerful anticancer nutrients like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, potassium, fibre, cucurbitacins and curcumosin.
Now there is a new finding. Researchers found that there is a complex sugar (polysaccharide) in pumpkin that fights cancer too... and it hates liver cancer cells. This natural polysaccharide is VERY toxic to liver cancer cells that it killed off 65% of them in a lab study. It destabilized the cancer cell’s mitochondria and triggered programmed cell death.
Now multiple population studies have linked eating pumpkin to reduced cancer risk in people.
Amazing! This fact should have us eager to include pumpkin in more of our recipes.
The studies showed:
34% less breast cancer risk
41% less lung cancer
29% less stomach cancer
55% less prostate cancer
All this with just about 3 servings of pumpkin weekly. Amazing! Spread the word.
It's not just for Thanksgiving anymore!
And don’t throw away the pumpkin seeds.
Diets rich in pumpkin seeds have been associated with lower levels of stomach, breast, lung, prostate and colon cancers. Simply wash, dry and season them with a little olive oil, paprika and kosher salt. Then roast them at 300 degrees for 30-40 minutes to make a delicious, crunchy snack.
Resources: National Foundation for Cancer Research
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