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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.