Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Shares Pumpkins Nutritional Benefits10/06/2022“Respect the pumpkin! Respect the pumpkin!” Poor thing! The pumpkin wants to share its healthy gifts with us! What do we do? We cut the pumpkin into spooky, fun, silly images for Halloween and mash it up for a Thanksgiving pie! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is playing with the pumpkin’s plight and admits to enjoying the pumpkin fun while also appreciating its tasty, healthy features for our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients who are being treated for back pain or neck pain and their supporting families. RESPECT FOR THE HEALTHFUL PUMPKIN Respect for the pumpkin grows and grows! The commonly known pumpkin or squash of the cucurbita moschata species of fruits is insect-, disease-, and hot-tolerant…as well as the most common ingredient for tasty pumpkin pies! (1) Recognized for its being nutrient-dense and recipe-flexible, the pumpkin is said to be a potent source of proteins, metabolites, carbohydrates, monounsaturated fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, tocopherols, carotenoids, tryptophans, sterols, and more. Some of its most promising functional properties recognized today are wound healing, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, anti-ulcerative, spermatogenesis-enhancing, etc. (2) The scent, flavor, and color attributes of the pumpkin - terpenoids (oxygen-containing metabolites that contribute to aromatic scent and flavor and even color) and carotenoids (tetraterpenoids responsible for color) - are quite nutritious. (3) All this in the pretty fall fruit we cut into jack-o-lanterns that young and old alike enjoy…including Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc and our Fort Wayne chiropractic families! AGE MATTERS Age counts in the pumpkin's and the human's lifespan! For the pumpkin, the mature stage of its ripening – versus the young and ripened stages – had the highest phenolic and flavonoid content (33 compounds!), the greatest antioxidant activity, and the highest antibacterial activity. (4) For the human, aging generates increasingly more molecular harm to cells in reaction to oxidative stress due to environmental, lifestyle, and disease issues. The suitable intake of antioxidants is important as we age. The cucurbita fruits (types of pumpkin/squash) are great in these antioxidants as well as in zinc and copper. Researchers even proposed that these should be consumed every day! (5) Our aging cells would be grateful! In a study of extracted seed oils like pumpkin, melon, and black cumin, researchers discovered a cornucopia of beneficial cytoprotective – cell-protecting - properties related to preventing age-related diseases precipitated by oxidative stress. (6) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is in favor of protecting cells and the well-being of our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the importance of containing inflammation as well as chiropractic spinal manipulation treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc appreciates the pumpkin for all its nutritional value. And we still anticipate the annual carving, decorating, and baking! « View All Nutrition Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."