A recent study in China found that diabetic rats who were feed pumpkin seeds had less plasma insulin and fewer insulin positive cells compared to healthy rats. Ok, so what does all of this mean for a human who is trying to lose body fat?
Insulin is a storage hormone which our body releases anytime we consume food. A typical American diet that is high in sugar will cause too much insulin to be released and allow our nutrients to be stored as body fat.
Pumpkin seed can potentially improve our ability to handle insulin which will store our nutrients in the muscle.
From the article
"The protective effect of pumpkin is thought to be due to both antioxidants and D- chiro - inositol , a molecule that mediates insulin activity.Boosting insulin levels has the effect of lowering blood sugar levels, which reduces levels of oxidative oxygen species that damage beta-cell membranes, preventing further damage and allowing for some regeneration".