Pumpkin seeds are a very popular and healthy snack among millions of people around the world, and for a very good reason.
They offer high levels of tryptophan, among many other valuable compounds. (Ref. 1) Tryptophan is an essential amino acid believed to help with lifting depression, elevating the mood and thus potentially boosting our energy levels. (Ref. 2)
In some parts of the world, they are also considered to be an aphrodisiac.
Pumpkin seeds absolutely burst with nutrition and provide the body with a powerful anti-oxidant and mineral support it needs to function properly. Among the most notable nutrients here are: copper, potassium, zinc, magnesium, manganese and iron. (Ref. 1)
As we know, iron is an element that is particularly important for sustaining higher energy levels and stamina, in general.
Written by: Irina Bright
Original publication date: 2013
Republication date: 2020
1. USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library, Nutrient Data Laboratory (2013). Nutrient data for 12016, Seeds, pumpkin and squash seed kernels, roasted, without salt. Release 25. Retrieved June 5, 2013 from: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/3597?fg=&man=&lfacet=&count=&max=25&sort=&qlookup=pumpkin+seeds&offset=&format=Full&new=
2. Neumeister A (2003). Tryptophan depletion, serotonin, and depression: where do we stand? Published in Psychopharmacology bulletin. Retrieved June 5, 2013 from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15131521