Walaa Fikry Elbossaty* Pages 482 - 485 ( 4 )
Cucurbita Argyrosperma (pumpkin) is considered a sacred fruit, as it was mentioned in the Holy Quran. And it was the grace of God Almighty upon his Prophet Yunus, who provided him with a pumpkin tree and the reason for choosing this fruit, the science has proven it after nearly 5,000 years of its mention in the Holy Quran. Scientific research has proven that this tree is rapidly growing and is also rich in carotenoids that act as antioxidants, protecting the tissue from damage if free radicals are exposed, as this fruit contains an important protein in the growth of tissues and fibers, which has a significant role in maintaining the digestive system. It was found that pumpkin plays an important role in treating diabetes, atherosclerosis, obesity, heart disease, and colon cancer.In addition, many minerals are present in this fruit, which have an effective role in maintaining the integrity of the bones, teeth, muscles, and nerve cells. Moreover, it was found that the chemical compounds in pumpkin have an effective role in limiting the growth of some microorganisms. Therefore, pumpkin is used as a treatment for microbes and also helps in raising the efficiency of the immune system and thus, protects the body from exposure to diseases.
C. argyrosperma, pumpkin, antimicrobial, fiber, carotenoid pigments, fatty acids.
1Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry division, Faculty of Science, Damietta University, Damietta