Pumpkins are much more than Halloween festive decorations or ingredients for making lattes and pies. Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil are a superfood loaded with nutrients.
Rich in antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids, pumpkin seeds when consumed regularly can offer plenty of health and other benefits for both men and women. Its oil helps improve your metabolic and physiological health and also prevents many diseases—making it the most recommended ingredient of health supplements.
Various health benefits of pumpkin seeds are discussed below:
Relieve Menopausal Symptoms
Several studies have shown that pumpkin seed oil is highly effective in providing relief from menopausal symptoms. Women who consumed the seeds regularly experienced less hot flashes, headaches, and joint pains and than women not consuming pumpkin seed oil. They also showed reduced ‘bad’ cholesterol levels.
Support Prostate Health
Regular usage of pumpkin seed oil is known to work wonders in maintaining excellent prostate health, and also helps in defending against prostate cancer. BPH is a commonly known medical condition where the. Researchers have found that pumpkin seed oil helps reduce the symptoms of BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia) in which prostate becomes enlarged and blocks the flow of urine.
Also, the amount of zinc present in pumpkin seeds boosts the levels of testosterone hormone, thus making men more fertile.
Benefits Hair-Loss Treatment
Several studies have also shown that regularly using pumpkin seed oil has shown greater results for hair loss treatment, especially in men. The oil contains zinc and vitamin C which helps to regulate hormonal imbalances and stimulate hair growth. Moreover, the treatment didn’t register any side effects as well.
Reduce Anxiety and Induce Sleep
Pumpkin seeds can also significantly aid in alleviating mood, reducing depression and anxiety, and enhancing your sleep quality—thanks to the presence of high magnesium and zinc minerals in them.
Also, being rich in omega-7 fatty acids, the pumpkin seeds oil is great for preventing dryness of skin, mouth, vagina, and eyes.
Provide Relief from Overactive Bladder
Pumpkin seed oil also helps provide relief from an overactive bladder, and effectively helps in treating urinary disorders. Regular consumption of the seeds or oil in any form has shown to soothe overactive bladder symptoms and an improved their bladder function.
Risks and Dosage
Though pumpkin seeds are laden with nutrition and offer a plethora of benefits, however, it is highly recommended to seek medical advice before starting the regular consumption of pumpkin seed oil orally and appropriately. Also, always consult a doctor for suitable doses, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised not to use the oil in larger amounts.
Therefore, it is highly recommended to regularly consume the pumpkin seeds or its oil. You can consume pumpkin seed oil in liquid or capsule form; however, it is recommended that you consult a doctor.
These extremely versatile seeds, also make healthy snacks, and can also be used in baked goods such as cookies and muffins. Therefore, start consuming them from today.
*Photos by Karolina Grabowska