Summer squash are showing up in the stores and in our gardens and they are inexpensive and full of lots of healing nutrition. Summer squash grows all over the world and are totally edible, the squash, the seeds, the flowers and even the leaves are edible and have powerful healing abilities.
Where it Grows – Summer squash comes from North and South America and goes back 10,000 years. And summer squash has been transplanted across the globe with the Italians loving summer squash and other places around the world. The Native Americas called summer squash one of the “Three Sister” with beans and corn being the other two sisters which sustained their people. In fact just lately some squash seeds were found in one of the Egyptian pyramids, and produced some very interesting orange colored summer squash— Amazing!
Easy to Grow – Summer squash is easy to grow, they like rich loamy soil, full sun, and love water… but not too much.
Lots of Nutrients – Summer squash contains 80 different nutrients making them nutrient dense food.
Pectin Polysaccharides – Summer squash contain lots of homogalacturonan and D-galacturonic acid which are powerful agents that help balance blood sugar and insulin levels and also prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
Boosts Immune System – Because summer squash contains lots of great antioxidants it also helps to boost up our immune system and thus prevent disease.
Diabetes – Summer squash also contains lots of fiber in the way of pectin which slows down the digestion of sugars and thus lowers blood sugar. One cup of summer squash contains about 2.5 grams of great fiber.
B-Vitamins – Also summer squash contains B-Vitamins that help with mood enhancement, vitality, and energy.
Vitamin C – Summer squash contains lots of great vitamin C which helps to prevent colds, flues, and helps create healthy mucus membranes… and it also prevents cancer.
Asthma – Eating a diet rich in summer squash reduces the symptoms related to asthma.
Iron and Copper – Summer squash also contains lots of great iron and copper for preventing anemia.
Calcium and Phosphorus – Summer squash is a good source of calcium and phosphorus for creating strong bones.
Also contains – Summer squash also contains magnesium and manganese for enzyme production, Vitamin K for preventing heart attacks, potassium for good heart contractions and for lowering blood pressure, zinc for boosting up our immune system, good carbs for energy, and some protein for building strong muscles.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Fish is not the only source of Omega 3 fatty acids, summer squash contains lots of these fatty acids for creating good cardiovascular health, and preventing strokes and cancer.
Lots of Antioxidants – Summer squash contains lots of powerful antioxidants that help to prevent and repair DNA and prevent disease.
Cholesterol Free and Super Low Fat – Summer squash is cholesterol free and virtually fat free, only 0.2 grams of fat per cup.
Eye Health– Summer squash contains lots of great betacarotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which are important for preventing macular degeneration.
Anti-inflammatory Food – Summer squash is great for preventing inflammation of the stomach, intestinal tract, pancreas, and for helping to prevent diabetes. And the seeds also help to prevent inflammation with Omega 3 fatty acids.
Prevents Prostate Disease – Summer squash seeds contain agents that help to prevent prostate enlargement and the possibility of prostate cancer. Just like pumpkin seeds summer squash seeds prevent prostate disease too.
Antimicrobial Effect – The flesh and seeds of summer squash also help to prevent GI infections. And in the past the seeds and seed oils have been used for treating intestinal worm infestations.
Helps with PMS – Studies show that eating a diet rich in summer squash helps with PMS.
Great Weight Loss Food – One cup of summer squash only contains 36 calories making it a great weight loss food.
Cancer – Summer squash also contains agents that help to prevent cancer but more studies are being done.
Types of Summer Squash – The most common varieties of summer squash are scalloped squash, crooked neck squash, and zucchini squash, but there are thousands of other varieties that can be grown.
Finding – Any market during the summer will have summer squash. And the seeds for growing summer squash can be found at any good garden store and on Amazon and Ebay… look around there are lots of amazing varieties.
Remember Eat Organic – Remember regular summer squash contains 6 cancer causing chemicals, 12 hormone disrupting chemicals, and 12 other chemicals so please only eat organic summer squash.
Using – Summer squash are great in soups, stews, casseroles, sautéed, made into veggie lasagna. They can be grilled, stuffed, used in cakes, cookies, cooked with rice, go great with tomatoes and tomato sauces, and summer squash is great raw in salads. The young tender leaves are wonderful sautéed with garlic, and the seeds are tasty when oven roasted with a little salt. Google “Summer Squash Recipes” and lots of great ways to use summer squash will come up.
Enjoy Summer Squash!
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist
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