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Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds For Hair

By Jaiwantika Dutta-dhupkar

Seeds are a health fad that are here to stay. Not only are they delicious and versatile, but they can also be sprinkled on just about any manner of cuisine, and consumed on a regular basis! Your local supermarket stocks all sorts of edible seeds, and those pretty little jars rattling with the promise of good health are very appealing to lots of people.

Pumpkin seeds are renowned for their alkalinity, and are high in proteins, antioxidants and carbohydrates. They're also high in good fats and minerals like zinc and calcium - and a daily dose of pumpkin seeds will ensure your mane is thick and shiny and you will have no hair woes. Read further to know about some of the best benefits of pumpkin seeds for hair and how to use pumpkin seeds for hair.

High Protein: Pumpkin seeds are 30% protein, which means that's a lot of fat - the kind of fat your hair and skin would really appreciate. There are 12 grams of protein in a single cup of pumpkin seeds, which is approximately 1/4th of your overall daily dietary requirement for protein.

Consuming pumpkin seeds on a daily basis might make you put on a few pounds, but you'll also have glossy, wrinkle-free skin and hair that bounces with health. The best way to utilize the protein in pumpkin seeds is of course to add the seeds to your diet on a daily basis, but a Pumpkin Hi-Protein Hair Masque doesn't hurt either!

To make the Pumpkin Hi-Protein hair Masque, simply grind two cups of pumpkin seeds to a paste in the mixer with about half a tablespoon of yogurt and the yolk of one egg. Apply once a week on dry, damaged hair and shampoo after 20 minutes for great, lustrous hair.

Rich In Antioxidants: Free radicals are the dangerous by-products of cellular metabolism that cause various diseases, including cancer. The only way the body can counter free radicals is with the help of antioxidants; and consuming foods rich in antioxidants, like pumpkin seeds, is a sure-shot means of success.

Because pumpkin seeds are so rich in antioxidants, consuming them daily can keep you looking young. This also applies to your hair. Here's a definitive Pumpkin Hair Serum that can regenerate dry, ageing hair.

Add half a cup finely powdered pumpkin seed to half a cup vegetable glycerin. Mix well. Take a small amount and apply on clean, dry hair. Do not apply to coloured hair, and make sure you use vegetable glycerin instead of synthetic glycerin.

Glycerin soothes the hair shafts, while pumpkin seed provides the hair with an antioxidant boost. It also makes your hair easier to comb, and is far better than any commercially available hair serum, which usually contains paraffin that can damage your hair in the long run.

Fabulous Minerals: Pumpkin seeds are an amazing source of Zinc, which is known to help with hair loss. A diet rich in zinc can actually prevent premature greying, and in fact if your hair is grey and lifeless, consuming foods with zinc can actually bring both the colour and life back. Zinc also takes care of hair re-growth, and reverses hair loss; whether one consumes it or applies it topically.

Magnesium, likewise, is essential for good hair and a deficiency can lead to itchy, dry scalp, hair fall and premature greying. When one has a magnesium deficiency, calcium is unable to penetrate the bones, and clogs the arteries instead. This leads to a host of other serious problems later, but the calcium in the calcium deposits in the scalp causes itching, flaking and dryness as well as discomfort. Pumpkin seeds give a magnesium boost to your hair.

Calcium is also essential for the hair, and while most calcium is found in teeth and bones, some of it is also found in our hair follicles. A calcium deficiency can affect hair growth and chronic hair fall is a symptom among people whose calcium levels are low. As a rich source of calcium, pumpkin seeds are a good choice if you want hair that shines with health.

Pumpkin seeds are best when eaten, so here's a super-tasty, easy-to make Pumpkin Seed Granola Bar recipe! Eat your way to good hair!

Ingredients Required:

  • 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • Half a cup of dry fruits of your choice for sweetening (dates, chopped nuts-almonds, pecans, cashews, raisins, currants, etc)
  • Honey as required
  • Some vegetable oil

Method Of Preparation:

Chop the dry fruits finely. Stir all the ingredients together and mix well. There is no need to cook this. Grease a large plate or a big baking tray evenly with the vegetable oil. Spread the mix out on a plate/tray and cut it into little squares while it is still gooey. Then freeze it for about two hours. Your healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola Bar is ready!

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Story first published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 8:00 [IST]
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