6 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin

6 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin

By Dana Wagner

6 surprising health benefits of pumpkin! If you’re like most, you probably think of pumpkin just twice a year: once as a glorified candleholder during Halloween and then again as the indulgent finishing touch to a Thanksgiving dinner feast.

But this big orange orb is actually one of nature’s nutritional powerhouses — it’s packed with more than 100 therapeutic nutrients, including skin-protecting beta-carotenes and disease-fighting antioxidants, that can boost your beauty routine and enhance your health. Here are the top reasons the pumpkin’s goodness is a treat you should indulge in all year.

1. Pumpkin erases years.

Pumpkin packs a powerful one-two punch when it comes to skin care, says dermatologist Audrey Kunin. It contains alpha hydroxy acids, a natural fruit acid that helps lift away old skin cells to reveal a radiant, more luminous complexion, plus vitamin A, which helps increase the rate of cell renewal to unveil younger-looking, softer skin. Rich in essential fatty acids, pumpkin is also an effective way to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, says skin care expert Kimara Ahnert. It’s loaded with vitamin C (which has been proven to spur collagen production and prevent the breakdown of elastin) and sodium hyaluronate to help hydrate and plump skin.

2. Pumpkin defends against disease.

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