Friday, October 29, 2010

Health Benefit of Pumpkin

Looking beyond Halloween.....

Its the season of trickier treating, to be scared and to scare others, its the festival of fun namely Halloween. My known how is very little being very new to this country but still I enjoy decorating those pumpkins. Pumpkins a big fruit vegetable that has been a medium of decoration for this festival do also have many benefits. In this article we would have a look on all those benefits.


Pumpkin is a fruit from the species Cucurbita pepo or Cucurbita mixta basically from the family of Cucurbitaceae. It thus belongs to the same family of Cucumber, Squash and other vegetables which grows on vine and have many seeds. The actual word pumpkin originates from the word pepon (πέπων) which in Greek means large melon.

Pumpkin benefit according to Ayurveda

a) According to Asthang Sangrah one of the famous books in Ayurveda Pumpkin especially Red Pumpkin is one of the best vegetable from all the fruit vegetables that grow on vines.
b)  Pumpkin is well known to reduce both Vatta Dosha and Pitta Dosha. Thus people who have alleviated Vatta or Pitta are safe to eat this fruit.
c) Pumpkin is also known for its role in Ayurveda as “Basti Shodan” which means that it cleans the bladder and the surrounding organs. In today’s science we are well versed with the action of pumpkin on prostrate.
d) Here is a vegetable with lots of seeds, this fruit is bound to increase our own seeds especially sperms. Ayurveda speaks highly of this fruit as “virya vardhak”. [Read more about Seedless and Infertility]

Pumpkin and Diabetes:

A research conducted by East China Normal University confirmed that pumpkin promote regeneration of damaged pancreatic cells resulting in increased bloodstream insulin levels. Researchers who conduct this experiment speak highly of using pumpkin for all those people who are at risk of diabetes and also for all those who suffer with diabetes.

Pumpkin Seeds:

Pumpkin seeds are equally important as the fruits are for our health. Known as pepitas pumpkin seeds are eaten and are well known for snacks. These are the seeds which are known in Ayurveda to destroy worms in small kids and infants. This seeds are also known for prostate issue, cholesterol and even for clinical depression.

Read more about Pumpkin seeds in this article here.

Happy Halloween

Posted by Sudeep

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