With the season of goodies and ghouls sneaking up on us, it’s time to gear up for the festivities—and that includes pumpkins! These orange gourds might seem like nothing more than a decoration or pie ingredient, but they are actually packed with eye-health potential.

What’s Hiding Inside

PROOF_14428CM_EnVision-October-Images-2_913_face-mask_v2Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, pumpkins provide many health-boosting, disease-fighting nutrients. Their seeds alone contain:

    • Easily-digestible protein that helps regulate blood sugar
    • Omega fatty acids that act as anti-inflammatories
    • Phytosterol compounds that help lower cholesterol levels
    • Carotenoids that help prevent macular degeneration

The alpha and beta-carotene found in pumpkins are potent antioxidants, which convert to vitamin A inside the body. Vitamin A promotes healthy vision and ensures proper immune function, while alpha-carotene is thought to slow the aging process, prevent tumor growth, and reduce the risk of developing cataracts. Carotenoids also boost immunity and guard against heart disease.

As if all this wasn’t enough, pumpkins are also packed with:

    • Fiber
    • Vitamins C and E
    • Potassium
    • Magnesium

Great on Your Skin

PROOF_14428CM_EnVision-October-Images-2_913_body-scrub_v2Not a fan of the pumpkin taste? Don’t worry. Your skin can still reap its benefits. During the colder months, we need more exfoliation to scare off dead skin cells and help underlying skin absorb moisture and nutrients. Pumpkin can function as a natural skin treatment, helping to restore and reverse skin damage from the sun.

High-end pumpkin skincare products are available in stores, but why not skip the preservatives and make your own? Check out the following recipes and turn pumpkin scraps into treatments your skin is sure to love. It’s as easy as pie!

Remember: these skin-loving pumpkin mixtures won’t last long, so if you have extra, store it tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to one week. You’ll never look at a pumpkin the same way again!

The content of this article is for general informational awareness purposes only. Please consult your eye care doctor or physician for actual advice.