Shop with the Doc: Pumpkins

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- You have seen them carved up and on front porches in your neighborhood as a spooky decoration.

"Pumpkins are more than what my seven-year-old does to get ready for Halloween," said Dr. Pete Sulack, America's Leading Stress Expert.

There are more uses for the ghord than a vegetable that spruces up your home.

"They're great for sleep. great for increasing fertility, great for increasing libido," said Dr. Pete.

Dr. Pete said they're not only packed with antioxidants, magnesium, and fiber, but also with zinc, which helps balance your hormones.

"Anytime we can balance hormones, it's gonna help with hair loss, gonna help with fertility," said Dr. Pete. "It's even proven to help increase sperm count in men."

For those of you who have a hard time when you hit the pillow at night, try some pumpkin.

According to the doctor, it produces an amino avid that breaks down into serotonin, a chemical in your body that helps you keep a smile on your face and get some rest.

"It's gonna help you with your mood," said Dr. Pete. "It's also gonna help you get a peaceful sleep at night."

Dr. Pete told Local 8 News pumpkin can also help you stay looking young.

"Pumpkin seed oil is found in a lot of beauty products," said Dr. Pete. "It's a good natural agent because it's rich in antioxidants, so that's gonna fight free radical formation and free radicals are going to age you more rapidly."

A small handful of pumpkin seeds are packed with 7 grams of protein.

Try eating pumpkin seeds, sprinkling pumpkin seed oil on your salad, or adding the vegetable to your oatmeal.

"I want you to enjoy the holidays and pumpkins are one of those things that have so many rich benefits if you incorporate them not just on the holidays, not just with your pumpkin pie, but eating pumpkin seeds and using pumpkin seed oil," said Dr. Pete.