They have beneficial amounts of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate and carotenoids. Potassium is necessary for healthy bone development. Vitamin B6 helps regulate the immune system as well as the nervous system. Folate is another good nutrient for the heart that also protects the body from spinal cord and brain related diseases.
Carotenoids aid the body against diseases of the heart. Winter and summer squash are great sources when it comes to carotenoids. Carotenoids in summer and winter squash include zeaxanthin, lutein and beta-cryptoxanthin.
Butternut squash also has a good amount of antioxidants that help fight inflammation. A lot of the antioxidants in squash come from the skin.
Antioxidants are responsible for preventing free radicals. Squash has significant amounts of beta-carotene. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. It is important to have vitamin A properties to protect against macular degeneration and various cancers such as breast cancer. The beta-carotene properties protect from cancer by defensing the body from chemicals and pollutants.
Squash does not have much cholesterol or fat, which can help lower the threat of heart diseases. Magnesium in squash is particularly helpful in preventing stroke and heart attack. Potassium also helps regulate and reduce high blood pressure. Another way that squash helps the heart is the folate content contributes to the removal of homocysteine, a byproduct of metabolism that factor into risk of stroke and heart attack.
High fiber content in squash is necessary for reducing cholesterol levels and the possibility of heart disease and atherosclerosis. Fiber also removes toxins from the colon, keeps the colon healthy and stimulates regularity.
Consuming one cup of butternut squash fulfills almost half of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is also a cancer fighting property and even slows down the signs of aging.