PUMPKIN

PUMPKIN

Qur'anic Reference:

"And We caused a plant of gourd to grow over him." [37:146]

Surah As Saffat above was in relation to the miracle to Yunus AS, when he emerged from the belly of the whale ill. The leaves of the pumpkin are large and soft, like clothing. The leaves grow quickly and has no scent, so insects are not attracted to it. The leaves healed his skin which had been immersed in enzymes while in the belly of the whale.

Benefits:

Pumpkins contain oil which help to increase the speed of the nerve signals because it contains encephalic and stimulants. It has been recently discovered that the juice of the pumpkin helps to stimulate and enhance the brain activity. Pumpkins are extremely rich in vitamin A and beta carotene, which are beneficial for the eyes.

Pumpkin is important for cancer prevention and to fight cancer cells.

Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of tryptophan, which helps relieve mild depression and insomnia. A handful of pumpkin seeds a day will also give the recommended daily amount of zinc, vital for enhancing brain power. Pumpkin seeds are also good for the prostate, bladder, kidney and to decrease cholesterol.

Its rich fibre and low fat content make it a friend of the heart, with numerous benefits for those with heart diseases. Preliminary research indicates that phytochemicals found in pumpkin may favourably affect insulin and glucose levels in diabetes.

Uses

The pumpkin is an extremely versatile plant, and can be used for sweet or savoury dishes. They can be baked, boiled, mashed or cooked.

The Prophets used to eat pumpkin with dates.

Boiled with honey, pumpkins can cure diarrhoea.
The boiled water from the pumpkin is a good remedy for dehydration.

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