A ‘power pack’ seed full of healthy benefits, they are rich in amino acids, iron, protein, phytosterols and immune-boosting zinc.
The rich source of essential fatty acids found in pumpkin seeds also helps to maintain healthy blood vessels, as do the plant compounds called phytosterols.
They also contain phytoestrogens, plant chemicals with a structure rather like the hormone oestrogen, which have been found to help with balancing women’s hormones, and also in helping to prevent heart disease.
Well, that’s the P’s dealt with, now for an interesting T. Tryptophan, an essential amino acid. Tryptophan has the ability to increase brain levels of serotonin, a so-called happy chemical which can help fight depression.
Where to find them: Pumpkin seeds are found all Munchy Seeds - savoury, sweet or spicy.