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For the first time in the Russian kitchen gardens the pumpkin appeared in the first half of the 17th century, and since then, along with turnips and cabbage, has become an almost indispensable vegetable. Although the homeland of the pumpkin is quite warm regions of the American continent, the plant turned out to be not capricious, prolific and perfectly preserved during the winter.
Thanks to the valuable vegetable culture, the ration, which is scarce in the cold season, replenishes with fried, baked and pickled pumpkin. The orange pulp is added to the porridge and makes from it the most useful juice. What is the benefit of pumpkin juice, and is there any harm from its intake?
How useful is pumpkin juice?
Almost all bioactive substances pass into the fresh juice prepared from raw pumpkin pulp. Drinking this amazingly bright, as if storing summer sun drink, along with ascorbic acid, vitamins E and A, B1, B2, B6, B9, B5 and PP, a person gets a charge of vivacity and strengthens health.
Describing the useful properties of pumpkin juice, we can not fail to mention the richest mineral composition of the product, in which contains copper and zinc, iodine and iron, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, manganese and sulfur, calcium, fluorine and many others substances. No wonder that regular consumption of even small amounts of pumpkin juice can have a beneficial effect on immunity and overall well-being.
Vitamin-mineral complex in the composition of pumpkin juice has a very versatile effect on internal organs and human systems.
For example, a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, firming action of the drink is well studied and used by medicine. What is useful pumpkin juice? The fact that he is capable of:
- normalize blood clotting;
- stimulate the work of the heart;
- strengthen the vessels;
- improve blood quality;
- to excrete toxins and positively influence the level of sugar;
- protect from colds and viral diseases during seasonal epidemics.
And this is not all the useful properties of pumpkin juice, the scope of which - a lot. The main thing is that the drink retains all the qualities of a fresh vegetable.
If the juice was prepared for the winter and was heat treated, some of the vitamins, for example, ascorbic acid acid, could be destroyed during sterilization, but most of the active substances even in such product is retained.
Useful properties of pumpkin juice
Thanks to the cellulose and pectins that enter the juice, the drink is considered one of the most effective natural remedies for constipation, metabolic disorders and digestion.
At the same time, it acts softer than the flesh, but it also activates the digestive functions equally effectively and causes the body to get rid of the slag and food residues in the intestine.
Powerful diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties of pumpkin juice are useful if a person suffers from diseases of the genitourinary sphere.
Positive influence of the drink is noted with its regular admission of patients with prostatitis, cystitis and pyelonephritis. The usefulness of pumpkin juice will be quickly noticed when treating such diseases and conditions as:
- bleeding disorders;
- prevention of rickets;
- a decrease in visual acuity caused by a deficiency of carotene;
- overweight or obesity;
- sexual dysfunction in men associated with inflammatory processes;
- low hemoglobin level in the blood;
- decreased appetite.
Since pumpkin juice is useful and available, it can be rightly considered a natural antioxidant and a complex vitamin preparation for widespread use. Drink is simply indispensable in the winter, when the body for natural reasons, lacks a number of vitally important vitamins and elements.
Regular intake of pumpkin juice, known for its useful properties, is the sure way of a quick victory over cold and respiratory diseases, as well as their effective prevention.
In addition, substances in the composition of pumpkin juice have a beneficial effect on the state of the nervous system and bring tangible benefits to the skin. Using natural, sugar-free juice as a component of home cosmetics will help:
- to remove redness of the skin caused by cold weather or sun;
- nourish the upper layer of the skin with vitamins;
- clear the face of acne;
- narrow the pores and strengthen the contour of the face.
A total of 250-400 ml of a delicious drink a day will help to strengthen hair and nails, will help in a complex of preventive measures against osteoporosis.
Pumpkin juice in breastfeeding and pregnancy
With the help of pumpkin juice, women who are preparing or have already become mothers can reduce puffiness, maintain a tone and strengthen immunity in themselves and their baby. Pumpkin juice during pregnancy facilitates the course of toxicosis, reducing the intensity of vomiting and nausea.
Due to the high content of vitamins, especially ascorbic acid and carotene, the drink is also useful as a preventive measure for rickets, and iron in the juice will prevent the development of anemia.
A low-calorie product can be used during unloading days. In the period of breastfeeding pumpkin juice from a ripe, rich in vitamins and trace elements of the fruit:
- will be a great help for maintaining the strength and well-being of a woman;
- will improve the metabolism, improve intestinal motility and cleanse the body of digested food and waste products;
- will strengthen the protective reaction of the baby and mom to external influences.
Great benefit from pumpkin juice, and the harm from its reception by a woman is possible only if there is an allergic reaction to pumpkin or inflammatory processes in the digestive tract.
Can a useful pumpkin juice do harm?
Even those with the most outstanding qualities of food, if you use them without measure and take into account the characteristics of the body, do not have the proper effect. Not an exception and pumpkin juice, the benefit of which depends on the dose of taking and existing contraindications.
For therapeutic and prophylactic purposes, pumpkin juice is drunk 100-150 ml twice a day.
If there is no negative reaction of the body, this course is from 10 to 14 days and is used for inflammatory processes in the genitourinary system, the desire to lose weight and improve digestion. With diabetes, pumpkin juice without sugar is consumed throughout the month.
Despite the obvious utility of pumpkin juice, there are a number of diseases in which a drink can be harmful. It:
- inflammatory processes of the gastrointestinal tract;
- diseases of the pancreas and liver in the acute phase;
- decreased acidity of gastric juice;
- disorders of the digestive function, accompanied by diarrhea.
Reduce the risk of unpleasant consequences from eating pumpkin juice to people with low acidity will help mix the drink with more acidic juices, for example, with orange, lemon or apple.
In addition, such a measure positively influences the taste of a fairly fresh drink, while the pumpkin juice retaining its useful properties becomes more vivid and fragrant.
As a contraindication, the individual intolerance of the components contained in the pumpkin is taken into account. This condition is expressed in allergic reactions or digestive disorders. If the consumption of pumpkin or juice from this vegetable makes you feel unpleasant symptoms, you will have to refuse the product and consult with a specialist.