Published Date April 22, 2022

What are pumpkins? (Part 1 of 4)

By Naurin Ansari

1 min read

About vitamin A and pumpkin.

Pumpkins, also known as Cucurbita pepo, are plants native to South America that now grow worldwide. Their seeds and oil are widely used in making medicines. 

Pumpkin fruits are a kind of botanical berry known as pepo. The colour of pumpkin is derived from orange carotenoid pigments, which include beta-cryptoxanthin, alpha, and beta-carotene, all of which are provitamin A compounds that get converted to vitamin A in the body.

The chemicals present in pumpkin seeds can increase urination, which can ultimately help relieve bladder and prostate discomfort issues. Some chemicals might also help reduce swelling in the prostate. 

Every part of the pumpkin can be eaten, even its skin. An interesting way to eat pumpkin skin is by turning it into crisps.

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