LoveYourBrian Tip: Eat Pumpkin Seeds!

EAT PUMPKIN SEEDS!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 11.1.2015 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, Ph.D., M.S.

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With Halloween yesterday, we’ll leave the “cut back on sugar” tip for another day, so enjoy that candy (in moderation!)  Instead, we’ll discuss the brain-boosting benefits of pumpkin seeds.

For most of us, pumpkin seeds cross our minds (and our palates) once a year.  But, for the reasons below, maybe we should enjoy their deliciousness more often.

Pumpkin seeds contain:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids - support overall brain health and are particularly good for the post-TBI brain
  • Zinc – helps the immune system and boosts brain power, specifically memory and concentration
  • Glutamate – necessary for the brain to make GABA, the stress-relieving neurotransmitter

If you saved some seeds from pumpkin carving, roast them and enjoy!