genus cucurbita and the family cucurbitaceae
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The seeds are the real nutritional powerhouse. They are a great source of protein and help with hair loss, prostate and hormone issues. Bodybuilders pay attention. High protein, zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, tryptophan. Good for heart disease, prostate, helps remove intestinal worms. Pumpkin seeds are especially good for tapeworms, roundworms and schistosomiasis. They contain a natural fat that is toxic to parasite eggs. Curcurbitin in pumpkin seeds has shown antiparasitic activity since it has the ability to paralyze worms so they drop off the intestinal walls. To rid body of worms, it is said to eat a big handful of raw pumpkin seeds 2 or 3 times a day on empty stomach for a week. Take a week off, then again for another week. If eaten with garlic, pumpkin seeds are even effective in flushing out pinworms. Pumpkins are very high in carotenoids (hence the orange color), which helps eyes and vision, free-radical scavenger for antiaging. They are used for beautiful skin, prostate cancer, antiinflammatory, arthritis, preventing kidney stones, depression. Pumpkin, squash and gourd flowers are beautiful additions to salads. Note: sprouting seeds produce toxic substance in its embryo.
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