It’s October, which means the official kickoff of pumpkin season. From a myriad of pumpkin-spiked baked goods to the always anticipated Pumpkin Spice Latte, pumpkin is everywhere this time of year.
Today, I’d like to put the spotlight on pumpkin seeds. Nutty, delicious pumpkin seeds are a skin super-food, packed with health benefits. Take a look at some of the skin boosting nutrition packed into these little fall gems:
Zinc – Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc. This essential mineral protects cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, and promotes skin rejuvenation. Just four ounces of pumpkin seeds pack more than 8 mg of zinc – which also happens to be the US RDA for adult women.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Pumpkin seeds, like many nuts and seeds, are a great source of Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), one of the plant-derived Omega 3s. Omega 3s can help fight inflammation and dryness in the skin, making pumpkin seeds a great skincare ally.
Vitamin E - Pumpkin seeds provide Vitamin E in a variety of its forms – including alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, alpha-tocomonoenol, and gamma-tocomonoenol. All offer powerful antioxidant and anti-aging benefits to the skin.
Pumpkin seeds are so versatile, there are countless ways to incorporate them into your diet. Sprinkle them on salads, stir them into your favorite muffins, or eat them by the handful as a snack – use them however you would your favorite nuts.
Next to maintaining a healthy skincare regimen (such as one from Actifirm), a nutritious diet is one of the best things you can do to take care of your skin. Enjoy fall, and all things pumpkin, in good health!