Pumpkin is rich in beta carotene which makes it great for anti-aging. It is packed with Vitamins A, C & E which helps to boost cell regeneration and hinders free radical damage.
Pumpkin has lots of minerals like potassium and magnesium (found in most cells of the body). Potassium and magnesium works hand-in-hand with vitamins and enzymes to fight free radical damage, acne, dryness and to counter skin sensitivity. Because of its enzymatic properties, pumpkin is great for exfoliation. It is a powerful alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that aids in breaking down the dead surface cells (protein) that is held together by an intracellular glue. It also works in deeper layers of the skin by contributing to thicker firmer skin which makes it perfect for anti-cellulite treatments.
Pumpkin has the highest level of Vitamin A (natural antioxidant) and is required for maintaining the integrity of the skin and mucus membranes, good visual health and protects the body from lung and oral cancer. It has Zea-xanthin which protects the skin from UV rays filtering the macula lutes in the retina and protects the eyes against age-related macular disease.
It is also a good source of B-complex vitamins like folates, niacin, B6 (pyridoxine) and B5 (pantothenic acid). Pumpkin also has trace minerals such as copper, calcium, and phosphorus. Pumpkins seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids which are good for heart health.
To read more on this topic, check out the following sources:
Wilhem, A. (October, 2014). Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa, “Five reasons to keep pumpkin year-round)”, pages 50-51.
Rudrappa, U. (2014). Nutrition and you, “Pumpkin nutrition facts”. Retrieved October 10, 2014, from: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pumpkin.html