Pumpkin seed stands out for its high concentration of amino acids

Pumpkin seed stands out for its high concentration of amino acids

When you think of protein, think of seeds. One of the foods with the highest concentration of protein is pumpkin seed , which has around 30 g per 100 g in its dry and toasted variety, surpassing meat 🥩 (26 g) and eggs 🍳 (10 to 16 g, depending on your preparation). This confirms that sufficient amounts of protein can be obtained from a plant-based diet 🥦🍞🥜🍄🥬

Due to their high protein content (without inflammatory effect), they become an excellent option for people who want to increase muscle mass after performing strength exercises ♂️🏋🏾🏋🏽. You only need to bring a handful of these seeds in snack format, which can also be mixed with nuts, legumes or dried fruits, such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, raisins, cranberries, laminated coconut, among others. They can also be added to smoothies, salads and other preparations.

Let us also remember that pumpkin seeds are a very good source of omega 3, magnesium and zinc, helping to protect the liver, cardiovascular health, stomach, intestine and urinary system, especially the prostate in the case of men.

They are also a very good source of fiber, which is very necessary to maintain the balance in the microbiota, which are the bacteria that live throughout our body, but especially in the large intestine or colon, in addition to being very necessary to avoid digestive problems, such as constipation.

Other benefits of pumpkin seeds are that they contain trace elements (small minerals that are required in low doses in the body), such as manganese, which acts in the creation of enzymes necessary to digest proteins, its deficiency being related to muscle and skeletal weakness.

It contains phosphorus, which enhances the nervous system and makes us feel less tired, in addition to preventing liver and kidney stones (prevents excess calcium from being caused); As well as pumpkin seeds, they are a source of copper, which is essential for the production of collagen and maintaining the elasticity of arteries and ligaments.

Additionally, pumpkin seeds are a rich source of phytoestrogens, which are very necessary in the case of women who enter the menopause process and have hot flashes. They also concentrate tryptophan, which is an amino acid very necessary for the production of serotonin, a hormone related to well-being, in addition to containing vitamin E, which is an important micronutrient for maintaining optimal cardiovascular health.