PUMPKIN SEED EXTRACT...REALLY?!
I know it might sound a little odd, as we usually think of pumpkins for eating OR for cute decor during holidays...BUT did you know that the pumpkin has more benefits to offer?! Let's start out with a little background on the pumpkin first. As a squash plant, it can vary in color from yellow to orange and they contain seeds and pulp within a thick outer shell. They are native to North America, but also grow in parts of Canada, Mexico, India, and China.
The pumpkin crop is one of the most popular crops here in the U.S., with over 95% of it being grown in Illinois alone! One reason for this, is that the pumpkin has a vast amount of versatility when it comes to cooking as most of the parts of the pumpkin are edible. This squash became a played a pivotal role as a staple in Canadian and American Thanksgiving holidays, when it began providing food to the first settlers many years ago.
Although the pumpkin is great for eating and has fantastic culinary uses, what about benefits to the rest of our bodies? That's where it really starts getting good: the seeds contain high sources of protein, magnesium, copper, and zinc. Pumpkin seed oil comes from the roasted seeds of the pumpkin and it's generally green-red in color!
The oil is super rich in oleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, and fatty acids. Oleic acid are composed of natural omega-fatty acids and are great emollients; alpha-linolenic acids on the other hand, are omeg-3 fatty acids that occur naturally in seeds and nuts- these are considered to be part of the group of EFA's or Essential Fatty Acids. EFA's can't be produced in the body, so they must be acquired through your diet.
what pumpkin can do for your skin:
1. It's one of the best organic solutions in reducing inflammation.
2. wANT TO FIGHT FREE RADICALS? THE PUMPKIN BRINGS THAT POWER TO THE FOREFRONT!
3. mOISTURIZES SKIN WITH ALL-DAY PROTECTION THE NATURAL WAY :)
4. PROVIDES ALL-AROUND GOOD SKIN HEALTH AND BETTER LOOKING SKIN...MORE RADIANT!
4. tREAT ACNE WITH THE POWER OF ZINC, FATTY ACIDS, & VITAMIN e.
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