Did you know that it can take up to 9 months to grow a fully formed pumpkin from a seed? It’s not surprising then that in all that time, this delicious orange fruit is busy producing tons of incredible vitamins and minerals that are great for your oral health. Read on to see why your Lake Forest dentist highly recommends adding a bit of pumpkin to your diet.
The Many Health Benefits of the Pumpkin
These are just a few of the top health benefits you’ll reap by consuming pumpkin. And the best part is that pumpkins are incredibly beneficial for your oral health, in addition to your overall health. So what will you get from consuming pumpkins?
Strong Bones and Teeth – Pumpkins contain large amounts of Zinc, which are great for bones and teeth, and can even help defend against osteoporosis. Zinc has been shown to lower the occurrence of dental cavities in children, and can even help fight the volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.
Anti Inflammatory Benefits– Arthritis and gum disease sufferers have extra reason to add pumpkin to their diets, this magical fruit has been found to contain many effective anti-inflammatory benefits.
Lower Blood Pressure – Pumpkins’ gracious helpings of potassium can significantly aid in lowering blood pressure. In a study of bone density in women, potassium was also found to contribute to bone health.
Strengthened Gums– You probably already know that Vitamin C has a number of health benefits, but one specific benefit is its ability to aid the body in forming collagen. Collagen itself serves a number of functions, one of which is supporting gum tissue. So consuming ample amounts of Vitamin C will help keep your gums healthy and firm.
Fortified Immune System– The Vitamin C in pumpkins certainly contributes to a fortified immune system, but so does Vitamin A. With this double dose of immune booster its safe to say that consuming lots of pumpkin is a good way to ward of holiday colds.
Eat Pumpkin and Visit the Dentist
While we love giving patients tips for staying healthy, don’t forget that the most important way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to brush, floss, and see your Lake Forest dentist for regular checkups every six months. You can schedule appointments at our Chicago dental office by calling 847-234-0517. We gladly serve patients from Lake Forest, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, and anyone in the Chicago metro area.