Pumpkins are a source of happiness and cheer—not just because you carve funny and scary faces into them or use them to decorate your fall table. The flesh and seeds of pumpkins contain lots of nutrients that can benefit you in ways you would never have thought of.
Pumpkin flesh is a source of L-tryptophan, a chemical that triggers feelings of well-being, improving both mood and sleep. It's also high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, manganese, B vitamins, copper, lutein, and zeaxanthin. The seed kernels are packed with protein, fiber, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and vitamin K, as well as healthy unsaturated fats.
With all these great nutrients, here are some of the ways pumpkin can boost your health: