Last Updated on September 7, 2023 by Dr. Alisha Barnes

The Power of Pumpkin

It is the season of coming together and giving thanks. Of course this holiday would not be complete without pumpkin!  But did you know that the four legged family member patiently waiting underneath the table could also benefit from this amazing fruit!

Pumpkin has been found to be very beneficial for both the two legged and four legged members of the family. This nutritious food is full of powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  More importantly, pumpkins include tryptophan and essential fatty acids which studies indicate can be very beneficial in decreasing arthritis, improving heart health and decreasing anxiety.

How do these nutrients help the body?  Let me explain…

Tryptophan, an amino acid, is converted to serotonin in the body. This neurotransmitter is essential for creating a happy mood and decreasing overall anxiety. The more you have of this “happy” compound, the more it will promote a sense of calm and wellbeing.

Antioxidants found in pumpkin have powerful affects in the body and can help decrease inflammation which will help to reduce overall pain.

Finally, the high concentrations of phytosterols found in pumpkin can help overall heart health by inhibiting cholesterol absorption in the small intestine. Certain studies have shown that pumpkin seed oil in particular can have a dramatic effects in lowering LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol thereby protecting and improving the function of the heart.

So as your enjoying your yummy feast, let Fido in on the amazing benefits of pumpkin and he will be sure to give you his thanks!

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