SuperFood to Know: PUMPKIN

September 24, 2015

Tis the season for taking out the pumpkin spice candles, ordering Pumpkin lattes, and finding the best organic, gluten-free pumpkin pie recipe to make this weekend. As it turns out, pumpkin, a member the winter squash family, is one of the healthiest super foods out there! We have noticed pumpkin oils and pumpkin extracts are turning up in the cosmetic world too, and we are going to tell you why we choose to use this nutrient rich ingredient in our award-winning RapidLash® Eyelash & EyeBrow Enhancing Serum.

So Many Uses

shutterstock_261260705When it comes to hitting the kitchen, pumpkin puree is a versatile ingredient. If you don’t have the time to carve and prepare your own pumpkin mix, look for a canned variety without any sugary additives! Sugary syrups or flavoring will negate the huge amount of nutrition the pumpkin contains. The puree can be utilized in dozens of delicious pumpkin and fall-themed recipes, from healthy pumpkin pie, pumpkin protein smoothies, pancakes, custards, in ravioli, made into a creamy soup, or even used as a creamy butter substitute.

shutterstock_236992909Pumpkin seed extract is commonly utilized as an antioxidant-packed cocktail, as it is rich in Vitamins A, D, C, and E, which work most effectively when combined together. Our pumpkin packed RapidLash® formula also features high levels of zinc, fatty acids (EFAs), amino acids, vitamins, and phytosterols. These all work in conjunction towards the goal of healthier-appearing lashes and brows. Pumpkin seed extract lists our top 6 contributing ingredients alongside polypeptides, biotin, panthenol, amino acids, and soybean oil.

shutterstock_267961190High in zinc, EFAs, amino acids, vitamins and phytosterols, we use pumpkin seed extract to help improve the appearance of lashes and brows

Unsweetened pumpkin puree is rich in many minerals such as iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, folate, and phosphorous to name a few. These are important minerals that contribute to a variety of bodily functions. Deficiencies in minerals like zinc and magnesium, for example, have been linked to issues with vision and skin health.

shutterstock_124939715Pumpkin tops the list of highest foods containing beta carotene along with other winter squash. Beta carotene breaks down into vitamin A in the body essential to the appearance of skin and hair health, as vitamin A is constantly being depleted in the body. Vitamin A is best known for its powerful benefits to the skin, as well as its antioxidant-powered cancer-fighting abilities.

Fun Facts

• Giant pumpkins can be grown for competitions, with some weighing over 1000 pounds! In 2010, the world record was 1810 pounds! That’s gigantic!

• Over A BILLION pounds of pumpkin are produced in the US every year.

With plenty of pumpkin to go around, we’ll be sure to look for it everywhere this season, whether that’s in our beauty products or on our recipe boards!

If you haven’t gotten on board already, hop on the RapidLash train and treat your lashes and brows to some serious fall-time happiness!
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Catherine C., Lashing Out

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