The bright orange color of pumpkin should tell you that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene, one of the plant carotenoids is converted to vitamin A when it enters the body. While being converted to vitamin A, beta carotene performs several important functions for overall health.

Diets that are rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and also offers protection against heart disease. Beta-carotene offers protection against other diseases as well as some aspects of aging.
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