The Vision Health Benefits of Pumpkin… A Reason to Join the Pumpkin Craze

pumpkinsWhile it may seem like the pumpkin theme is everywhere right now – pumpkin spice, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin picking – we’ve got some vision health benefits of pumpkin! A new twist on the pumpkin craze!

Maybe you already knew there are great health benefits of pumpkin. I didn’t! And I’m even more thrilled to share the benefits pumpkin can have on your vision, which we, at Advantica, care about very much! So whether you’re a fan of all the pumpkin-ness going around this season, or if you’re just looking for a practical reason to love this orange squash, read on to learn about its abundance of vitamins and minerals.

Nutritious pumpkin

Adding pumpkin to your menu this season and year-round can have great results on your vision. Pumpkin is filled with eye-friendly nutrients like magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc. This Halloween season, now pumpkin can lead the way for a delicious and healthy choice instead of all the sweets and candy.

Here’s what pumpkin’s got:

Magnesium is found in pumpkin seeds. This nutrient is good for your muscles, including your eye muscles. Grab a handful of pumpkin seeds (or 1 oz.) and you’ve got 35 percent of your daily requirement.

Vitamin A – All you need is 1 cup of pumpkin to get over 200 percent of the vitamin A you need daily. That’s a powerful cup! Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for vision health. Studies have shown vitamin A helps prevent eye conditions like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It also helps protect the surface of your eyes.

Zinc is another nutrient from pumpkin that keeps your eyes healthy. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), impaired vision has been linked to zinc deficiency. Zinc can also help people with a high risk for AMD.

Vitamin C is a nutrient that helps fight infection and it supports vision health in many ways like slowing the progression of AMD and supporting blood vessels in the eye. Studies have shown vitamin C can decrease your risk of cataracts. Pumpkins have a ton of this vitamin, just one cup is 20 percent of your daily requirement.

Roast up those pumpkin seeds and find some healthy recipes (like a pumpkin smoothie) to indulge in pumpkin this season. What better reason to go pumpkin crazy than taking care of your overall health and your vision health.

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