Having a yellowish-orange colour, pumpkin is rich in anti-oxidants and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a vitamin that can be converted by the body into vitamin A. This helps the body in its process of regeneration and slowing down the aging process.
Pumpkin pulp contains vitamins, especially pro-vitamin A, vitamins E and C, salts and minerals, carbon hydrates, and proteids.
The seeds contain oil, proteids and enzymes with antihelmintic properties.
The pumpkin's core contains lecithin, tyrosine, peporesine, phosphorus and vitamins B and A.
Pumpkin seeds contain the strongest therapeutic effects. These help in eliminating intestinal parasites, cleaning blood vessels, adjusting cholesterol level and stimulating kidney activity. In treating cancer, leukemia, sclerosis, or various diseases which are hard to cure, pumpkin seeds have an energizing role.
Pumpkin oil extracted from the seeds is recommended for reducing excess cholesterol. The antioxidants in Pumpkin reportedly offers some protection against heart diseases.
Pumpkin juice is recommended (drank three times a day before meals) for the treatment of ulcer and high acidity.
The sedative properties in Pumpkin juice is also useful in cases of insomnia.
Pumpkin is also recommended for cases of hormonal disorders or adolescent behaviour, menopause disorder, intestinal parasites or sexual hyper-excitability.
Pumpkin is recommended for treatment of minor burns, inflammations and abscesses as it softens the skin and diminishes the inflammatory processes of mucous.