Pumpkin, is packed with a multitude of health friendly vitamins and antioxidants. Used properly, it can help reverse some of the negative effects of aging and improve vision & vitality. Especially for the eyes, Pumpkin is considered a super food due to its naturally high contents of Lutein and Zeaxanthin. According to Dr Gary Heiting, OD (Senior editor, AllAboutVision.com) who has more than 25 years of experience as an eye care provider, these two nutrients can reduce risks for Macular degeneration and Cataracts.
Both these diseases are more common in middle-aged and older people than one can often think of. Because both these elements are carotenoids, these are found in yellow, orange & red colored fruits & vegetables. Pumpkin is a rich source of these 2 compounds as well as being high in Fiber and Potassium, it also helps in weight loss and also reducing the blood pressure.
Why Pumpkin is so Good for the Eyes
- Zinc: Pumpkin can keep your Retina healthy due to its naturally occurring Zinc.
- Multi-Vitamins: Vitamin A, found in Pumpkin protects the Cornea and can provide clear vision even in dim light. Vitamin C & Caratonoids also reduces the risk of Macular Degeneration & Cataract, which can cause blindness especially in elderly people.
Include Pumpkin in your Diet
You can include this versatile food in your diet in many ways. Eat it steamed, raw, baked or roasted. Or make soups, muffins, pies or stews. If you have any eye disease, then it will be worth while to include this vegetable in your daily diet. Best thing is the it is easy to eat pumpkin in so many different ways, and also it cooks very fast. You can also try these mouth watering Pumpkin recipes:
* Pump kin Smoothie
Perfect for breakfast or can substitute your dessert.
* Pumpkin Soup
Try this soup anytime, especially in winters, with a little dazzle of olive oil and some cilantro on top.
* Roasted Pumpkin
Use it in the main course, or as a side dish or consume it with salad.
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