Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Chinese Pumpkin

Benefits of pumpkin according to Chinese Medicine

Nature: cooling

Actions: kills worms, resolves dampness, reduces fever, relieves pain, stabilizes hyperactive fetus, stops dysentery, benefits diabetes.

Target Conditions: dysentery, diabetes, ulcerations of the lower extremities, eczema, stomachache, the feeling of "steaming bones", intestinal worms, antidote for opium.

Scientific explanation  according to Western Medicine
The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body. In the conversion to vitamin A, beta carotene performs many important functions in overall health.
Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers protect against heart disease. Beta-carotene offers protection against other diseases as well as some degenerative aspects of aging.
Pumpkin Nutrition Facts
(1 cup cooked, boiled, drained, without salt)
Calories 49
Protein 2 grams
Carbohydrate 12 grams
Dietary Fiber 3 grams
Calcium 37 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
Potassium 564 mg
Zinc 1 mg
Selenium .50 mg
Vitamin C 12 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Folate 21 mcg
Vitamin A 2650 IU
Vitamin E 3 mg

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