6 fabulous reasons to eat more pumpkin seeds

immune system

1. They strengthen your immune system

Pumpkin seeds are packed with zinc. One serving (about a half cup) contains 6.6 mg. That’s almost half your recommended daily intake!

Now, zinc improves your health in many ways. It plays a role in wound healing, decreases your risk of chronic age-related diseases and it aids learning and memory. But one of the best reasons to get enough zinc during pumpkin season (aka cold and flu season) is the effect it has on your immune system….

Your body needs zinc to activate immune cells known as T cells. These cells not only fight off viral infections like colds and flus, they also attack cancer cells. So, eating plenty of pumpkin seeds is one way to ensure you’re getting enough zinc to keep your T-cells operating in tip-top shape.

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.