EAT PUMPKIN SEEDS!
BRAIN HEALTH | 11.1.2015 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, Ph.D., M.S.
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!