Winter is here. And so are the colds, allergies and sinus infections. Families and healthcare institutes will be preparing themselves for a torrent of these infections. It is always better that we stay careful and ward off the illnesses and make them go away as soon as possible. Here we discuss a fruit/vegetable which has the superpower to protect us from colds and boost our immunity.
It is a known fact that vegetables and fruits are important in a person’s diet. Including vegetables and fruits in our diet have uncountable health benefits. They are rich in nutrient and protect us against numerous diseases and infections. Vegetables and fruits can be eaten in a lot of ways and are extremely delicious. Pumpkin is one such fruit (though considered a vegetable like tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. at most times) filled with nutrients and one with numerous health benefits.
Pumpkins can ward off colds and help boost our immune system. The seeds and pulp of the pumpkin are rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene. Along with other nutrients like vitamin E, zinc and fatty acids including omega-3, these boost the immune system. Beta-carotene (converted into vitamin A) and zinc helps in increasing the production of white blood cells and T cells which helps in fighting infections. Omega-3 is anti-inflammatory and is an antioxidant. Eating pumpkin can also help in speeding up recovery since it is an amazing source of vitamin A, carotene, xanthin and zeaxanthin. It helps our body fight viruses and infections. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in dietary fibre. The vitamin C packed in pumpkins helps us recover from colds very soon. They are also one of the most low-calorie vegetables.
Pumpkin is also rich in fiber and iron. The other health benefits of pumpkin include weight loss, skin and hair care, diabetes treatment, lower cancer risk, and sharp vision. Pumpkins can be eaten in a variety of ways. It can be eaten raw and added as an ingredient in desserts, soups and salads, and can be used to make curries and halwa. Pumpkin seeds can be toasted and sprinkled on salads or soups, mixed with other seeds and nuts, or added to breakfast cereals. Pumpkins are so beneficial when it comes to fighting flus that there are pumpkin-flavored cough drops introduced in the market. As repellent, as it may sound to some, there are almost equal amounts of supporters as much as there are critics for the pumpkin-menthol flavor. So, it must be a part of your diet, especially if you have diabetes. Also, diabetics must keep a check on their blood sugar levels using a glucometer to stay on the safer side.