If you are looking for a tasty snack that doubles as a phenomenal health food, then look no further than pumpkin seeds. Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package, they can be added to almost any meal, and if you want to have them on their own they are a convenient, grab-and-go option. Here are 5 reasons to include them in your diet:
1. Zinc for Prostate & Immune Health
2. Heart Healthy Magnesium
3. Treatment for Intestinal Worms
4. Benefits for Female Hormonal Health
5. Tryptophan for Restful Sleep
Grab these little health powerhouses at your local grocery store, and next time you visit The Salad Bar Maastricht ask for pumpkin seeds on your healthy salad!
Here's to Your Good Health!
- Dr. Crystal
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