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Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes

Pumpkin seeds on a sheet pan

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

  • cup pumpkin seeds from fresh pumpkin
  • teaspoons melted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Rinse pumpkin seeds; remove any pulp and fiber. Pat seeds dry with paper towels. Spread seeds in ungreased 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan. Toss with melted butter; stir to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown and crisp, stirring once.
  • Cool 10 minutes or until completely cooled before serving.

Simple Pumpkin Seed Recipes:

For each cup of raw seeds, evenly coat with…

  • Italian: 2 tablespoon melted butter + ¼ cup grated Parmesan + ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Sweet: 2 tablespoons melted butter + 1 tablespoon brown sugar + ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Savory: 2 tablespoons melted butter + 1 teaspoon seasoned salt + 1 teaspoon white vinegar (Note: Add the vinegar after roasting.)
  • Spicy: 2 tablespoons olive oil + ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning + ½ teaspoon fresh lime zest (Note: Add the zest after roasting.)​

Top Science-Based Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Top Science-Based Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Full of Valuable Nutrients

a 1-ounce (28-gram) serving contains:

  • Fiber: 1.7 grams
  • Carbs: 5 grams
  • Protein: 7 grams
  • Fat: 13 grams (6 of which are omega-6s)
  • Vitamin K: 18% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 33% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 42% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 37% of the RDI
  • Iron: 23% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 14% of the RDI
  • Copper: 19% of the RDI

High in Antioxidants

  • Pumpkin seeds contain antioxidants like carotenoids and vitamin E.

    Antioxidants can reduce inflammation and protect your cells from harmful free radicals. That’s why consuming foods rich in antioxidants can help protect against many diseases.

Linked to a Reduced Risk of Certain Cancers

  • Diets rich in pumpkin seeds have been associated with a reduced risk of stomach, breast, lung, prostate and colon cancers.
  • Others studies suggest that the lignans in pumpkin seeds may play a key role in preventing and treating breast cancer.

Improve Prostate and Bladder Health

  • Pumpkin seeds may help relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges, causing problems with urination.

Very High in Magnesium

  • Pumpkin seeds are one of the best natural sources of magnesium — a mineral that is often lacking in the diets of many Western populations.
  • Magnesium is needed for more than 600 chemical reactions in your body. For example, adequate levels of magnesium are important for:
    • Controlling blood pressure.
    • Reducing heart disease risk.
    • Forming and maintaining healthy bones.
    • Regulating blood sugar levels.

May Improve Heart Health

  • Pumpkin seeds are a good source of antioxidants, magnesium, zinc and fatty acids — all of which may help keep your heart healthy.

    Animal studies have also shown that pumpkin seed oil may reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels — two important risk factors for heart disease.

    A 12-week study in 35 postmenopausal women found that pumpkin seed oil supplements reduced diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number of a reading) by 7% and increased “good” HDL cholesterol levels by 16%.

    Other studies suggest that pumpkins’ ability to increase nitric oxide generation in your body may be responsible for its positive effects on heart health.

    Nitric oxide helps expand blood vessels, improving blood flow and reducing the risk of plaque growth in your arteries.

Can Lower Blood Sugar Levels

  • Animal studies have shown that pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed powder and pumpkin juice can reduce blood sugar.

    This is especially important for people with diabetes, who may struggle to control their blood sugar levels.

    Several studies have found that supplementing with pumpkin juice or seed powder reduced blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

    The high magnesium content of pumpkin seeds may be responsible for its positive effect on diabetes.

High in Fiber

  • Pumpkin seeds are a great source of dietary fiber — shelled seeds provide 1.1 grams of fiber in a single 1-oz (28-gram) serving.

    A diet high in fiber can promote good digestive health.

May Improve Sperm Quality

  • Low zinc levels are associated with reduced sperm quality and an increased risk of infertility in men.

    Since pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc, they may improve sperm quality.

May Help Improve Sleep

  • If you have trouble sleeping, you may want to eat some pumpkin seeds before bed. They’re a natural source of tryptophan, an amino acid that can help promote sleep.

    Consuming around 1 gram of tryptophan daily is thought to improve sleep.

Easy to Add to Your Diet

  • Besides eating them on their own, you can add them to smoothies, Greek yogurt and fruit.

    You could incorporate them into meals by sprinkling them into salads, soups or cereals. Some people use pumpkin seeds in baking, as an ingredient for sweet or savory bread and cakes.

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Hydrate for Performance

Hydrating for Performance

You should begin all workouts in a well-hydrated state and maintain hydration throughout your workout or competition.  By maintaining your hydration you can maximize performance, improve your ability to recover and minimize injury.  If you begin an event in a dehydrated state or become dehydrated while exercising you can have an increased rate of physical and mental fatigue.  As little as 2 to 3 percent decrease in body weight from water (sweat) loss can cause a decrease in performance.  Other consequences of dehydration include increased core temperature and heart rate, decreased blood pressure, nausea, headaches and muscle cramping.

Fluid Intake Recommendations

Prior to exercise you should consume approximately 16 ounces of fluid 2-3 hours before and 8 ounces 15 minutes before.  During exercise it is recommended to consume 4 ounces of fluid every 15 – 20 minutes.  Post activity 16-20 ounces of fluid should be consumed for every pound of sweat lost.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks are designed to rehydrate provide energy and replenish the body’s electrolytes.  Sports drinks also contain carbohydrates the body’s main source of energy.  During prolonged exercise it is important to replace fluid lost in sweat.  Athlete’s that will benefit most from  a sports drink are those that exercise for longer than 60 minutes and are heavy sweaters.

Hydrating Tips       

  • Monitor your urine color. A clear pale yellow indicates you are well hydrated.
  • Fruits and vegetables are mostly water and can aide in maintaining hydration.
  • If you are a heavy sweater, eat salty foods before activity and replace sweat loss with a sports drink after.
  • Carry a water bottle with you so you can drink water throughout the day and optimize your hydration

Human Growth Hormone(hGH)

Human Growth Hormone(hGH)

 

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What is it?

Human growth hormone (hGH) is a protein that is produced and stored within the pituitary gland, a part of the brain. It goes into the blood in pulses, resulting in fluctuating blood levels. Levels may be affected by age, gender, sleep, physical activity, stress, fever, steroids and environmental factors. HGH stimulates many metabolic processes in cells and the production of other hormones, such as insulin-like growth factor and somatomedin-C. These hormones help with cartilage production, the release of lipids from fat tissue and increased production of cell proteins. The overall effects are increased bone growth, more lean body mass and organ growth.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established guidelines for the proper use of hGH, used most commonly for hormonal deficiency that causes short stature in children. Off-label use has been abused by athletes and adults who hope to increase lean body mass and improve athletic performance. However, there has been no definitive evidence for improvements in strength or athletic performance.

A recent review of all the available studies provided evidence suggesting that healthy young athletes only increased body weight and lean body mass while decreasing fat mass after using hGH. There were limited effects on performance outcomes in relation to endurance and strength. Furthermore, it was suggested that fluid retention accounted for a large proportion of the increase in lean body mass.

 

Symptoms/Risks

There is a low risk for side effects in replacement doses that are close to the levels that the body naturally produces (0.003-0.004 mg/kg/day) for GH-deficient persons. The risk for adverse effects increases when higher than normal doses are prescribed, which include: increased pressure within the brain, elevated sugar levels, sugar in the urine, fluid retention, painful joints, painful muscles, breast enlargement in men and numbness/tingling in the extremities. Acromegaly (abnormal growth of the hands, face, and feet) is a serious side effect associated with large doses. Death from bone tumors and cardiovascular events have also been associated with high-dose use of hGH, correlating with a decreased life expectancy in users.

 

Sports Medicine Evaluation & Treatment

Growth hormone is listed on the banned list of substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency and continues to be on the list as of recent updates for 2018. Testing is performed through blood samples. hGH use does not have an immediate effect, in contrast to stimulant drugs. Rather, to be effective, it requires the user to inject doses right under the skin regularly for an extended period of time. Athletic abuse doses probably will range from 15 to 180 micrograms/kilogram, 3-4 times per week, for 4-6 weeks in a cycle. Testing is thus performed typically weeks to months in advance of competition, or after unexpected sporting victories are achieved.

 

Injury Prevention

Unless used under FDA-approved indications, the use of hGH should be avoided and discouraged. Prescriptions without a GHdeficiency diagnosis may constitute illegal prescribing.

AMSSM Member Authors
Scott Marberry, MD and George Pujalte, MD

References
Madden CC et al. “Drugs and Doping in Athletes.” Netter’s Sports Medicine, Elsevier, 2018. 182-183.
“Human Growth Hormone Testing.” https://www.wada-ama.org/en/questionsanswers/human-growth-hormone-hgh-testing. Accessed 11/30/2017.
Hermansen K et al. Impact of GH administration on athletic performance in healthy young adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Growth Hormone & IGF Research. June 2017. 34:38-44.

Trench Foot-What is it?

Trench Foot-What is it?

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What is it?
Trench foot, also known as immersion foot syndrome, develops
when feet are cold and wet for prolonged periods of time
without the ability to warm or dry the skin. This can result
in pain, swelling, and numbness in the feet. This condition
received its name during the 1st World War as this became a
serious problem for soldiers on the battlefield, contributing to
tens of thousands of casualties.
Symptoms/Risks
Symptoms may include, but are not limited to, tingling, itching,
swelling, pain, coldness, numbness, pain, prickliness, and
blotchy skin. Blisters may form which eventually lead to skin and
soft tissue dying and sloughing off. In severe cases, an untreated
foot may involve the entire foot destroying not just the skin but
the soft tissues and bones of the feet. Exposure to extreme cold
may cause frostbite or gangrene to develop, which are both
devastating conditions with lifelong consequences and potential
disability if not treated immediately.
Sports Medicine Evaluation & Treatment
As the skin of the feet becomes macerated, the underlying
tissues are exposed to potentially infectious organisms. Skin
is the first line of defense and a protective barrier to bacteria,
fungi, and parasites. However, when the skin is compromised,
these organisms may infiltrate into the tissues deep to the skin
and cause infections. If there is any concern for an infection,
medical care should be sought out immediately as these
infections may penetrate into the blood stream, leading to
shock and death.
Your doctor should inspect the feet carefully. Typically the
diagnosis of a skin infection can be made clinically; however, lab
tests and cultures may be ordered to rule out infections within
the blood stream. X-ray and/or MRI tests are also sometimes
ordered if there is concern of infection deep to the skin or in
the bone. Your doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics if necessary
to treat a suspected infection. Some infections in the feet may
require hospitalization. Frostbite and gangrene may also require
hospitalization. Dead skin and tissues require debridement as
they serve as a nidus for infection and continued inflammation.
AMSSM SPORTS MEDICINE TOPICS
TRENCH FOOT
Patient Resource Courtesy of SportsMedToday.com.
Injury Prevention
Trench foot may be prevented by keeping feet dry. Wet shoes
and wet socks should be exchanged for dry ones. Shoes should
be well-fitted and not overly-tight. Keep feet clean and check
for any developing foot wounds at least once daily. Remove
socks and shoes whenever resting or sleeping to allow the
feet to air-dry. Athletes who tend to sweat profusely may
use an aluminum-containing antiperspirant on their feet to
prophylactically reduce the risk of trench foot.
Return to Play
Athletes may return to play when the feet are fully healed, the
skin is intact, and there are no signs or symptoms of infection.
Returning to play too early may not allow the skin to resume its
protective barrier for the body, leading to further irritation and
potential for infection.

AMSSM Member Author: Scott Marberry, MD
References:
Fudge JR et al. Medical Evaluation for Exposure Extremes: Cold. Clin J Sport Med.
Sept 2015;25(5):432-436.
“Trench foot or Immersion Foot.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Last updated Jun 20, 2014. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/trenchfoot.html
Atenstaedt, RL. Trench foot: the medical response in the First World War
1914–18. Wilderness & environmental medicine. 2006;17(4):282-289.
Schwartz RB, McManus JG, Swienton RE. Trench foot (immersion foot). Tactical
Emergency Medicine. Lippincott, Williams & Williams. 2008: 80.

Injury Evaluation Clinic

Dr. Osborn, Dr. Marberry and Dr. Northrup’s
Injury Evaluation Clinic

Free Injury Evaluations

We would like to announce our bumps and bruises clinic for the fall. Every Saturday morning during football season we will open our office for athletes who need injury evaluations. Our clinic is staffed by sports medicine trained physicians, Dr. Ross Osborn, Dr. Scott Marberry and Dr. Tod Northrup.
HOURS:
8:30-9:30 am

WHERE:
The Center for Health and Sports Medicine
115 Bartram Oaks Walk, #104
St. Johns, FL 32259
(Located in the Bartram Oaks Walk Center)

PHONE:
904-240-0442

(Note: While evaluation and recommendations for treatment are free, any treatments, advanced diagnostics, bracing or casting are not, and will be subject to professional fees if a patient so chooses.)