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Pumpkin — a Halloween treat good for your joints

Pumpkin is a Halloween treat that is actually good for your joints! Did you know that pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snakebites? False claims aside, pumpkins are good for you! They are low in calories, fat and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron. And protein and iron are good for your bones!

Iron helps certain enzymes and local regulators function properly so that we can form the optimal bone matrix or structure for bone strength.

Proteins are our bodies’ building blocks. We use protein to build tissue during growth and to repair and replace tissue throughout life. We also need protein to help heal fractures and to make sure our immune system is functioning properly. Getting enough protein is particularly important for elderly people. Studies show that elderly people who have not been getting enough protein and who break their hip are more likely to suffer poor medical outcomes.

So enjoy that pumpkin and have a safe Halloween!

For more information on this subject, call The Zehr Center for Orthopaedics at 239-596-0100 or visit www.zehrcenter.comThe information contained herein is compiled from a variety of sources. It may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all diseases, physical conditions, ailments, or treatments. The information should NOT be used in place of a visit with your healthcare provider, nor should you disregard the advice of your health care provider because of any information you read on this topic. 

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