The researchers determined that no other pumpkin or single food provided a greater percentage of certain carotenoids than kabocha. It was also concluded that kabocha contained high levels of vitamin C and a significant amount of the antioxidant mineral manganese as well. The research showed that the cell wall polysaccharides found in kabocha also possess antioxidant properties, as do some of its phenolic phytonutrients.
CAS research demonstrated the potential blood sugar regulation benefits of daily kabocha consumption. Blood sugar regulation is closely tied to a body’s overall supply of B-complex vitamins, and the research demonstrated kabocha is unusual in its B-vitamin composition. Kabocha contains five B-complex vitamins, including B1, B3, B6, pantothenic acid, and folate.
The positive information and conclusions led the researchers to look even further into the health benefits of kabocha in its extracted pentose form.