Updated: Nov 2, 2021
When you’re done carving your pumpkin, be sure to utilize the flesh and seeds!
Pumpkins, like carrotts, squash, sweet potato and other orange veggies are rich in beta carotene which, in our bodies, if working optimally, is converted to vitamin A.
Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps support your immune system.
The immune system is a specialized structure of cells that, when functioning properly, protect against harmful bacteria, viruses, and infections. Strategies to maintain a strong immune system are particularly relevant to athletes as prolonged and intense training (>90 min) has been observed to transiently decrease immune function by anywhere from 15-70%, making athletes more prone to upper respiratory tract infections, viruses and infections!
The seeds are rich in Zinc, which is essential for immune health. Simply take seeds, rinse them off, dry, coat with a little olive oil and roast in the oven with any spices of your choosing. They make a great snack, or they can be sprinkled on homemade pumpkin soup, baked savoury oatmeal or a topping for a delish fall salad.