Pumpkin – a Nutritional Powerhouse

It’s the time of year when stores are brimming with pumpkins, and pumpkin-flavored products are in abundant supply. But many of these products are filled with sugar and unhealthy additives. So I thought I would share about the nutritional wonders of pumpkin and a recipe for enjoying it in a healthful way.


The bright orange color of pumpkin is a giveaway that it’s loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body. In the conversion to vitamin A, beta carotene performs many important functions in overall health.

Pumpkin is also an anti-inflammatory food. This means that it helps with joint health, organ health, stress relief, and soft tissue injuries.

The high level of Vitamin C in pumpkin helps the immune system and encourages collagen production for the skin to maintain its glow and elasticity.

Pumpkin is a great source of fiber and helps wash out any toxins and keeps your body running smoothly.

Now doesn’t this make you want to eat some pumpkin?

Here’s a recipe for a delicious, nutritious seasonal pumpkin and protein shake you can have for breakfast or a midday pick-me-up.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake


• ½ cup coconut milk
• ¼ cup water
• 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• ½ cup canned pumpkin

Optional Ingredients

• 2 rounded scoops SP Complete*
• 2 rounded scoops Whey Pro Complete*

Blend ingredients together until smooth. Enjoy!

*These two ingredients are high-quality whole food nutritional products from Standard Process, available at Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center.

New patient special for the month of October… At Thorburn Chiropractic, we are celebrating National Chiropractic Health Month with a terrific special. New patients without chiropractic coverage get their first visit for $29 cash, a $177 value! (Those with health insurance pay their usual co-pay as required by their health insurance.) The first visit includes a consultation, exam, and adjustment. Please share this with your family and friends.

Until next time…

Yours in health,

Dr. T

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