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Top 3 Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats

Top 3 Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats

 

1) Digestive Health: Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber for our furry friends, as well as for us. Pureed pumpkin (with no added sugar or spice) can help dogs and cats with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular. I have labs, so anything is edible to them, and I’m sure they would eat it right out of the can if I allowed. Most cats are usually a little more finicky. It can also help dogs and cats with indigestion or upset stomachs.

2) Urinary Health: According to Veterinarians Laci and Jed Schaible, co-founders of VetLive.com, pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants (good for overall healthy skin and fur), and the oils in pumpkins’ flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassiumand iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer.

3) Weight Loss: I’ve written about the dangers and commonality of pet obesity. Dogs seem to naturally love pumpkin. If you are looking to take a few pounds off of your pooch or kitty, try reducing a portion of their food and replace it with the same portion of canned pumpkin. Their tummy will feel just as full, and they might even thank you for the additional flavor.

Leesa recommends choosing only organic pumpkin.  Also, if choosing canned pumpkin, also make sure the can is BPA free!  

By Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two “career change” Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa’s blog here.

As co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear, I am offering my Care2 readers a free download from our latest release, Music to Calm your Canine Companion, Vol. 3. Simply click here and enter your email address and a link to the free download will be delivered to your inbox for you and your canine household to enjoy.

Leesa’s chow, Ava, loves her Through a Dog’s Ear CD collection!  She listens at home and in the car.

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13 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

13 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are the only seed that is alkaline-forming; in this world of highly acidic diets, that  is a very good thing.

Pumpkin seeds taste so good that I add them to many of my meals. They are  easy to make highly digestible by soaking for only six hours. I have added a  video of this soaking process for you to watch on the last page.

Did You Know? History and Interesting Trivia

  • Pumpkin seeds were discovered by archaeologists in caves in Mexico that  date back to 7,000 B.C.
  • North American tribes were the very first to observe the particular miracle  in pumpkin seeds.  Pumpkins and their seeds were an important Native American  Indian food used for their dietary and medicinal properties.
  • Pumpkin seeds are called pepitas in Mexico and they are a  trademark of Mexican cuisine.
  • Pumpkin seeds were very popular in ancient Greece.
  • The nutrition in pumpkin seeds improves with age; they are among the few  foods that increase in nutritive value as they decompose. According to tests  made at the Massachusetts Experimental Station, squash and pumpkin seeds stored  for more than five months show a marked increase in protein content.
  • Pumpkin seeds are high in calories, about 559 calories per 100 g.

Nutritional Facts & Health Benefits Pumpkin  seeds:

  • Are filled with lots of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese,  iron and copper.
  • Are a good source of vitamin K.
  • Contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
  • Contain L-tryptophan, which helps with good sleep and lowering depression.  Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin is also very  helpful in helping us to have a good night’s sleep.
  • Are high in zinc, making them a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low  intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis. In a study of almost  400 men (age from 45-92) published in the American Journal of Clinical  Nutrition they found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc, low  blood levels of the trace mineral and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.
  • Are a good source vitamin E; they contain about 35.10 mg of tocopherol per  100 g.
  • Are the most alkaline-forming seed.
  • Are an excellent source of vitamin B group (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin,  pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates).
  • Contain good quality protein. 100 g seeds provide 30 g.
  • According to studies, pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone  formation.
  • Reduce inflammation for arthritis without the side effects of  anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other  parasites.
  • Are good for prostate health! The oil in pumpkin seeds alleviates difficult  urination that happens with an enlarged prostate.

How To Soak Your Pumpkin  Seeds

Soak the  seeds for six hours.  To learn more about soaking nuts and seeds click here: Sprouting Nuts and Seeds

Pumpkin Seed Recipes:

Pumpkin seeds are so valuable we put them in the category of powerfoods!

By Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington, now living in Northern Canada, turned a debilitating health  crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free,  eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy  on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she  shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2  groups: Healthy  Living Network and Healthy  Cooking. She is the head chef at Real  Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Catch her on Facebook  or  Twitter @DancinginLife.

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