Both Magnesium and L-trytophan have links to migraines. Studies show that serum magnesium in migraine patients is significantly lower than the normal population and is related to the frequency of migraine attacks. Studies also suggest that migraines are related to a deficiency of serotonin in the brain. L-tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin and therefore it is thought it may play a role in migraine prevention. Since these lovely little seeds provide good sources for both of these things they are a staple in my traveling snack bag (also because they are quite yummy). I am not suggesting that I cured myself by eating pumpkin seeds. I am simply sharing some interesting and informative information on a migraine-friendly snack favorite. Oh, and they are also a great salad topper.
The following are just a few other interesting therapeutic uses of the pumpkin seed:
1. Used to prevent hardening of the arteries
2. Used to regulate cholesterol levels
3. Used for it's anti-hypertensive effects
4. The oil has been used as an effective treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia
5. The oil has also been a documented folk remedy for use in patients with tapeworms.
Happy Pumpkin Seed Eating!