Health benefits of edible round-fruited types of Cucurbita pepo. a short review

Dana Iulia Moraru, Gabriela Ploscutanu, Maricica Stoica

Volume 24, Issue 3;
Pages: 202-206; 2018
ISSN: 2069-0053 (print) (former ISSN: 1453-1399), Agroprint;
ISSN (online): 2068-9551
Cucurbita pepo, one of the most popular edible plants, is widely used as functional food and medicinal remedies around the world, due to the presence of numerous biologically active components with interesting nutraceutical properties like carotenoids, hypoglycemic polysaccharides, minerals, pectin, polyphenols, saponins, tocopherols, vitamins, cucurbitacins, various anti-fungal proteins, essential fatty acids, essential and nonessential amino acids, and fibre. The edible round-fruited types of Cucurbita pepo are called pumpkins. Most parts of the pumpkin (fruit, flowers, and the seeds) have various health benefits including antidiabetic, anticarcinogenic, antiinflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, hepatoprotective, lipid-lowering, and hypotensive. This short review aims to discuss the antidiabetic, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antiparasitic benefits of pumpkin.
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