A cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which aids vision. Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids that give the gourd their bright orange color, including beta-carotene, which the body converts into a form of vitamin A for additional eye protection. Pumpkin seeds are naturally rich in phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce LDL, also know as the “bad” cholesterol. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains nearly 20 percent of the daily recommendation of vitamin C and more potassium than a banana. Have you picked your pumpkin yet?