Why your Halloween Pumpkin may end up helping your back pain

I’m a chiropractor in Leeds, West Yorkshire and have already got my pumpkin out on display. Have you?

Whatever you do don’t just scoop out the fleshy part of the pumpkin and throw it away! Pumpkin flesh and pumpkin seeds contain powerful antioxidants and are reported to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins (especially C ,K and E), minerals (magnesium, iron and potassium) and is also an excellent source of fibre. A real superfood.

How do antioxidants help back pain?

Antioxidants breakdown something called ‘free radicals’, molecules that occur naturally in the body. If free radicals build up in sufficient numbers then they can start to cause problems for the body and can add to the damage already present. Some studies have even suggested a link between high levels of free radicals and chronic pain.

Why is a good diet essential?

A good diet and healthy nutrition help to allow muscles, ligaments and tendons to strengthen, heal and develop properly.

Some pumpkin recipes for you to try

Pumpkin pasta with rosemary


Pumpkin risotto with crispy sage


Sausage, pumpkin and sage casserole


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