Pumpkin Carotene Booster For Asthma

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Autumn is the perfect time of year to enjoy those colorful, carotene-rich pumpkins, which are members of the squash family.

Pumpkins, yellow squash, carrots, bell peppers, and other orange-hued vegetables and fruits get their pigment from carotenoids, powerful antioxidants that reduce inflammation, support the immune system, and maintain respiratory linings. One study found that a supplement containing a mixture of carotenes helped to prevent exercise-induced asthma.

What You Need

  • 1 pumpkin (3 pounds, or 1.36kg) washed, cut in half, and seeded
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (28ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon (2g) ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon (7g) honey
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) unsalted butter

Preparation And Use

1Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C, or gas mark 7).

2Cut the pumpkin into ten wedges.

3Put the wedges on a baking sheet.

4Mix the olive oil and vinegar together, pour over the pumpkin, and toss until the pumpkin is covered.

5Spread the wedges in a single layer across the sheet.

6Sprinkle each wedge with cinnamon.

7Roast for about 40 minutes.

8Remove from the oven and top the inside of each wedge with a tiny pat of butter.

9Enjoy the pumpkin by scooping it out of the skin.

Yield

4 to 6 servings

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