Pumpkin Seed : Superfood Natural is derived directly from the nutrient-rich seeds of pumpkins. By concentrating their seeds into a powder, you can enjoy a versatile and highly digestible, gluten, soy and dairy free source of vegetable protein that contains all of the amino acids, as well as wide variety of other nutrients found naturally in the pumpkin seed.
Pumpkins are actually a squash native to the Americas and a cousin of the cucumber and cantaloupe. Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, have been used as a dense source of nutrition and food in the North, South and Central Americas as far back as the Aztec civilization around 1300-1500AD.
Nutrients such as zinc, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, B Vitamins, tocopherols, heart healthy plant sterols, the “feel good” amino acid tryptophan, nourishing omega-6 and 9 fatty acids and a complete amino acid profile validate the humble pumpkin seed as a true superfood.
At over 60% protein content, Sprout Living’s Pumpkin Seed : Superfood Natural is a great alternative to other plant proteins. Free of additives such as hexane, fillers, and other preservatives, this plant protein is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, but recommended for everyone!
Partially Defatted Pumpkin Seed Protein:
With its low carb high protein ratio, and its high zinc and vitamin content, pumpkin seeds are an ideal base for a powerful and natural protein powder. Pumpkin seed protein powder does not just provide protein and fat, it is also a natural source of vitamins and minerals.
Pumpkin seeds have a very high oil content at 50%. Four fatty acids - palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic - make up 98% of the fatty acid in pumpkin seeds.
Palmitic acid has excellent antioxidant properties - unlike trans fats, palmitic acid is a saturated fat that helps with protein localization in cellular membranes.
A Canadian study in 2004 in the Asian Pacific Clinical Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that palmitic acid does not raise cholesterol levels in healthy individuals when combined with the linoleic fatty acid which is also found in pumpkin seeds.
Linoleic acid supports healthy skin, hair and speeds wound healing. Oleic is a monounsaturated fatty acid that inhibits cholesterol synthesis and has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease. Since pumpkin seeds are a good source of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, they are helpful in reducing HDL cholesterol levels. The Harvard School of Public Health stated that they can aid in inflammation reduction and maintain steady heart beat.
Pumpkin seeds are a great source of tryptophan, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, protein, zinc, and iron.
Magnesium is beneficial to nerve and muscle function. The B vitamins, and vitamin K, are high in pumpkin seeds. Vitamin K regulates calcium absorption and contributes to healthy bones. Vitamin E, especially as tocopherol, is highly concentrated in pumpkin seeds, and is an effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Benefits of pumpkin seeds include help with heart and prostate function. When testosterone stimulates prostate cell multiplication, a byproduct of this process called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that contributes to male baldness and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). Pumpkin seeds appear to aid in the disruption of the dihydrotestosterone effect on the prostate.
The high zinc content is suggested to be helpful for bones and especially aging men and women where low levels of zinc are associated with hip fractures. Pumpkin seeds have similar effects to anti inflammatory drugs for arthritis, partly due to their fatty acid content. Unlike prescription drugs, especially favorable aspect of pumpkin seeds is its support for arthritis and joint fluidity, by lowering levels of damaged fats that contribute to the progression of arthritis in the joints.
The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry published the phytosterol level in pumpkin seeds at 265 mg per 100 g - next to pistachio the best level. Phytosterol has has been linked to lower levels of cholesterol in the blood, improved immune system response, and lowered risk to specific cancers.
Pumpkin seeds also contain cuburbitacin, an amino acid that paralyzes intestinal parasites, and tryptophan, which is converted to serotonin, a neurotransmitter in our brain that regulates sleep, reduces anxiety, and positively affects our moods.
Pumpkin seeds are low carb, with protein to carb ratio at 2:1, which is ideal for a low carb or Paleo diets. Per 1 ounce serving, pumpkin seeds provide 3 mg of zinc and 1 mg of iron. This is an extremely dense concentration of nutrients.
The natural balance of healthy fats allows for the body's absorption of vitamin E and the commonly deficient vitamin K. Pumpkin seed protein powder is a natural, protein rich, nutritional powerhouse. For protein-dominant vegans and vegetarians, pumpkin seed protein powder provides a much needed source of fats including omega-3 fatty acids.
Pumpkins are from the Cucurbitaceae group that includes gourds, squash, cucumber, and cantaloupe. Pumpkin seeds are appreciated for their nutritional and curative benefits.
Pure Cold Pressed Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder, (Raw, Vegan, Organic, Kosher, Gluten Free and Non-GMO)
No Artificial "Natural" Sweeteners, No Artificial "Natural" Coloring, No Artificial "Natural" Flavoring, No Thickening Agents, Nutrient-Dense, Non-Bloating, Non-Gritty, Low-Glycemic, No Preservatives, Soy Free, Nut Free, Gluten Free, Plant-Based, Whole Food
Directions for Use:
Add 1-2 scoops to an 8 or 16oz glass of water, fresh juice or smoothie, and blend well.
Can be taken immediately before and/or after your workout.
SIze: 454 g = 16.0 oz