Eating seasonal foods produce in the winter means a lot of squash and pumpkins. Grocery store stocks a variety of squash and pumpkins right before the October to December, and is the best time to stock up on them. Pumpkins have been a part of traditional diets for more than 10,000 years and kept our ancestors healthy in winter.
They are an excellent source of vitamin A (beta-carotene), C, B1, B3, B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6. Furthermore, they are rich in potassium, fiber, manganese, folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids.
Winter squash and pumpkins are rich in anti-nutrients that prevent cell mutations. They are especially useful for men’s health, as these nutrients reduce BPH, benign prostatic hypertrophy.
They also reduce the risk of lung cancer due to its high content of vitamins A and C. This is excellent news for smokers and those exposed to second-hand smoke. Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, protects the lungs with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
The beta-carotene helps prevent arteriosclerosis which also regulates blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of developing colon cancer. It also reduces blood pressure in potassium.
Inflammatory diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
The use of folic acid-rich foods such as pumpkin, before and during pregnancy helps prevent certain birth defects. Folic acid also helps prevent heart attacks and reduces colon cancer.
Winter Squash gallery