In Season This Month: Finding Pumpkin at NFE!

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October is the season of pumpkins. You might be seeing them carved on doorsteps, but how often are you taking advantage of the many benefits and delicious flavor of in-season pumpkin? These products are not your average PSL. Enjoy this selection of foods, supplements and beauty products found at the Natural Food Exchange, and learn about the incredible benefits of this fall squash!

 

For Skin and Hair


From left to right: Acure Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo, Andalou Naturals Instant Brightening Face Mask, Acure Ultra-Hydrating Conditioner

Autumn is soon to bring us cool weather, so prepare your skin from harsh winds and dryness with pumpkin! The fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids in pumpkin increase cell turnover, making your skin appear fresher and brighter. It’s packed with vitamins C and A, antioxidants that reduce signs of aging and boost collagen production in the skin to improve its elasticity! Enjoy this fantastic pumpkin mask today!

Andalou Naturals Instant Brightening Face Mask Pumpkin and Honey

Use: For a brightening occasional mask for normal and combination skin

Key Ingredient: Pumpkin Puree

 

In hair, pumpkin seed oil may help with hair loss; however, its main benefit is as a hydrating oil for hair. This shampoo and conditioner combo contains plenty of hydrating oils, including pumpkin seed, to leave your hair soft and shiny.

From left to right: Acure Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo, Acure Ultra-Hydrating Conditioner

Acure Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo

Use: For hydrating normal, dry, damaged, or curly hair

Key Ingredient: Pumpkin seed oil

Acure Ultra-Hydrating Conditioner

Use: For hydrating normal, dry, damaged, or curly hair

Key Ingredient: Pumpkin seed oil

 

For Dietary Supplementation

Pumpkin seed oil contains large amounts of healthful antioxidants. These can help to reduce arthritis and joint pain! Additionally, the oil improves cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol levels and triglycerides and producing nitrogen oxide, which reduces blood flow and pressure in the arteries. Pumpkin seed extract is extremely beneficial for urinary health! It reduces bladder pressure and increases urine flow to release excess water stored in the body, which can prevent the formation of kidney stones. Ask your doctor if these supplements are right for you!

From left to right: Now Pumpkin Seed Oil, Crystal Star Bladder Strength

Now Pumpkin Seed Oil 

Use: To improve cardiovascular and urinary health

Key Ingredient: Pumpkin Seed Oil (1000 mg per capsule)

Crystal Star Bladder Strength

Use: To support urinary health

Key Ingredient: Pumpkin Seed Extract

For a Tasty Treat

It’s okay to be obsessed with pumpkin-flavored everything this fall! The vitamin A they contain supports eye health, and they also contain plenty of fiber, beta-carotene, which may help in preventing cancer, and vitamin C. Surprisingly, a cup of cooked pumpkin contains more potassium than a banana! Indulge in these varied pumpkin treats–or maybe satisfy that pumpkin spice craving.

From left to right: (back row) Bark Thins Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed, Nature’s Path Qi’a Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed, Katz Pumpkin Pie Spice Glazed Donuts, (front row) Almond Dream Pumpkin Spice Almond Drink, Harvest Roast Pumpkin Seeds Sea Salt, Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin, Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin & Bread Almond Flour Mix, King Soba Organic Pumpkin, Ginger & Rice Noodles

Bark Thins Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed

Use: As a yummy, snackable form of dark chocolate with healthy crunch

Key Ingredient: Dry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Nature’s Path Qi’a Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed

Use: As a healthy twist on your usual oatmeal

Key Ingredient: Pumpkin seeds

Katz Pumpkin Pie Spice Glazed Donuts

Use: Try them instead of your usual apple cider donut!

Key Ingredient: Pumpkin!

Almond Dream Pumpkin Spice Almond Drink

Use: As an an addition to coffee or a warming hot chocolate base

Key Ingredient: Pumpkin!

Harvest Roast Pumpkin Seeds Sea Salt

Use: For a salad or soup topper or a snack to instead of nuts

Key Ingredient: Roasted pumpkin seeds

Farmer’s Market Organic Canned Pumpkin

Use: In a cheesy pasta bake, a warming curry, or, of course, a classic pumpkin pie!

Key Ingredient: Certified organic pumpkin

Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin & Bread Almond Flour Mix

Use: To make a yummy pumpkin bread or a delicious batch of muffins–and to make your house smell fantastic!

Key Ingredient: Pumpkin!

King Soba Organic Pumpkin, Ginger & Rice Noodles

Use: Instead of regular rice noodles for a more flavorful twist on pad thai or other dishes

Key Ingredient: Organic Pumpkin

 

 

Celebrate pumpkins with us this October, and don’t forget to carve one up for your doorstep too!

 

Sources

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html

https://www.dermalinstitute.com/us/news/2012/10/the-benefits-of-pumpkin-ingredients-on-the-skin/

Pumpkin Seed Oil