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Let Pumpkin Be the Spice of Fall Health

We’re well into September and as the temperatures dips, summer whites and pastels make an exit and warm autumn knits sneak their way slowly back into our wardrobes. Comforting fall spices and earthy produce are also making a comeback with pumpkin at the forefront. However, you can enjoy all things pumpkin without slurping down a daily pumpkin spice latte and gobbling down a dozen pumpkin baked goodies at your local cafe. Here are six reasons why pumpkin is the spice of fall health…

1. Pumpkin for Prostate Health

Listen closely guys, according to a 2009 study published by the National Institutes of Health, pumpkin can help boost prostate health.  It makes sense, since pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, protective compounds that have shown effectiveness in shrinking the prostate.

The study, conducted by researchers in Hong Kong, monitored the effects of pumpkin seed oil on a group of 47 patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia for a 12-month duration. The results showed that pumpkin seed oil was effective as a complementary treatment in decreasing prostate volume and maximizing urinary flow in benign prostatic hyperplasia patients.

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