Pumpkin Seed Oil Benefits

Pumpkin seed oil is very rich in beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants like Vitamin E, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, and compounds such as phytosterols and delta-7-sterine that have many health benefits. It is a dark green oil, sometimes seen as dark red/brown in certain light and thicker concentrations, with a rich nutty flavor.

High quality pumpkin seed oil is often used as a salad dressing mixed with fresh lemon juice or a good apple cider vinegar. It can also be used to add flavor and nutrition to soups, sauces and many other recipes. It should not, however, be used asan oil for frying or in baking as high temperatures can damage its structure.

Pumpkin Seed Oil and BPH

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition that affects many men around the world, particularly men over 50. BPH is believed to be due to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) promoting proliferation of prostate cells. This results in an enlargement of the prostate gland and can lead to problems and discomfort when urinating.

The phytosterol beta-sitosterol is found in significant concentrations in pumpkin seed oil and helps block the damaging effects of DHT by inhibiting its conversion from testosterone. Pumpkin seed oil also contains the compound delta-7-sterine that specifically competes with DHT in the prostate and seems to help prevent prostate cell multiplication.

Health benefits of pumpkin seed oil Alongside these two DHT blockers, pumpkin seed oil contains high levels of antioxidant carotenoids, omega-6 and omega 9 fatty acids and zinc, all of which may help reduce a man’s risk of developing BPH and this study found pumpkin seed oil supplementation reduced symptoms and pain for men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Pumpkin Seed Oil and Hair Loss

Both an enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness are believed to result, at least in large part, from an overproduction of DHT. The same beta-sitosterol, delta-7-sterine (and perhaps yet unidentified compounds) in pumpkin seed oil that reduces DHT’s effect on the prostate cells, may also help prevent it having a negative effect on our hair follicles.

I’ve even heard of people recommending applying pumpkin seed oil directly to the scalp for its DHT blocking properties. I must admit though, the bright green scalp look isn’t really for me so I’ve never tried this. Taking raw pumpkin seed oil by the spoonful or drizzled over a salad seems much more enjoyable.

Pumpkin Seed Oil for Intestinal Parasites

Pumpkin seed oil has been traditionally used as a treatment for intestinal parasites. Taken on an empty stomach, preferably first thing in the morning, it seems to have the unusual ability to paralyze parasites like the common tapeworm.

Importantly, this paralysis is temporary and is therefore followed with a laxative such as castor oil an hour later so the worms can be expelled in a bowel movement. Without a bowel movement they will recover.

It is generally recommended to continue this treatment for several days, with several days break and then repeat over the course of a couple of weeks.

Intestinal parasites are tenacious little things that can have a very negative effect on your health and energy and it seems many people are unknowingly infected with them. If you suspect a problem, consult a knowledgeable healthcare professional who understands how serious a problem parasites can be.

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Cholesterol, Heart Disease and Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin seed oil has high levels of phytosterols which are believed to help reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad type of cholesterol) by lowering its absorption. Research, such as this study by the Department of Internal Medicine at Washington University, has shown high levels of phytosterols in the diet significantly decreased cholesterol absorption and may therefore be of benefit in lowering a person’s risk for heart disease. The essential fatty acids and antioxidants in pumpkin seed oil are also likely to be helpful in preventing heart disease.

Pumpkin Seed Oil and Arthritis

Pumpkin seed oil benefits our joints and is a popular supplement for the treatment of arthritic pain. The high levels of antioxidants, fatty acids and other compounds in pumpkin seed oil seem to help reduce inflammation in joints for sufferers of arthritis.

In fact, some research has shown the positive effects of pumpkin seed oil on arthritis is on a par with anti-arthritis drug Indomethacin, without the side effects. Unfortunately for the pharmaceutical companies, they can’t patent the natural stuff like pumpkin seed oil so they’re understandably not too keen for this kind of information to get out.

Pumpkin Seed Oil Benefits for IBS Sufferers

The benefits of Pumpkin seed oil may also extend to helping with the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The high fatty acid content may help reduce inflammation in the GI tract and many people report a lessening of symptoms when they take pumpkin seed oil regularly.

Pumpkin Seed Oil BenefitsCalories in Pumpkin Seed Oil

14 g (around a tablespoon) of pumpkin seed oil has about 120 calories, but most of these calories are healthy fatty acids. We need these kind of fats in our diet and the health nutrient content of foods like pumpkin seed oil should generally always come before considerations about calories.

Where to Find Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil

Make sure your pumpkin seed oil is 100% pure and preferably organic. Pumpkin seed salad oil is a mixed product that may be of questionable quality, especially if it is mixed with other unhealthy vegetable oils.

Good organic pumpkin seed oil can be a little hard to find in the USA, but Amazon have this rich tasting pumpkin seed oil for a low price.

If you prefer capsules, a good and inexpensive option are these ones, currently on discount.

Pumpkin seed oil is very sensitive to light and heat so it’s best to keep the bottled oil in the fridge. Stored this way, it should last for several months. Pumpkin seed oil capsules are also best kept in away from light and heat but are better kept in a cupboard.

Taken regularly, pumpkin seed oil benefits many aspects of our health. While it is best known for its positive effect on BPH and hair loss, the wide range of nutrients in pumpkin seed oil are likely to be beneficial in other important areas, like enhancing our immune systems, improving skin tone and preventing inflammation.

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10 Responses to “Pumpkin Seed Oil Benefits”

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  1. Pumpkin Good says:

    Thank you for the very informative article. I purchased Pumpkin Seed Oil soft-gels from amazon 2 months ago, and currently, my skin has never looked better. My acne has reduced. I feel more energetic, and more happy overall. Pumpkin Seed Oil is the truth!

  2. Jim says:

    Thanks a lot for your comments. I really appreciate it and hope you continue to benefit from pumpkin seed oil. I find the bottled liquid better value and great to use over salads and steamed veggies but it’s good to hear the soft-gels are working for you.


  3. Kelly Ash says:

    This is a super article, very informative, I hadn’t realized how valuable pumpkin seed oil is. I guess I thought of it as useful in removing parasites but didn’t know it actually could lower LDL as well as improve skin quality, etc. Thank you very much

  4. Zoe Parker says:

    Great article! I think pumpkin seed oil is amazingly good. This coming from someone who was a bit skeptical at first about its taste. My boyfriend introduced me to this stuff. He’s originally from Slovenia and this product is basically common is Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia. Its an export commodity in Slovenia and Austria. He’s a great cook so I figured I would take a chance. We put it on radishes and sprinkle sea salt. It’s so addicting and delicous! I just bought another bottle tonight! Every food item he’s brought back from Europe, so far, seems to taste better than anything I get here.. ha! :-)

    • Jim says:

      Hi Zoe. Thanks for your comment. Pumpkin seed oil has more of a complex flavor than most of the foods we’re used to on the supermarket shelves. I agree it goes really well over vegetables. The beneficial fatty acids would also help you absorb more nutrients from them too.

  5. kannan says:

    I have hair loss problem.Impressed with your article, i am going to purchase pumpkin seed oil and check how it is working.Thanks for the useful post

  6. Jeff says:

    Thanks for sharing this I found it very helpful it has helped me with my blood pressure and cholesterol. I am using soft gels from GNC no additives and it is cold pressed.

  7. Julie Kaye says:

    Fell in love with the taste! and have a little every day,my liver enzymes are better and I did not catch any of the nasty colds that went around this winter; everyone else was sick.
    With a bit of honey it’s perfect on your toast in am, I found a raw seed 1st pressed oil called Styrian Gold and just love it, hard to find in stores though.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Julie,

      I really like Styrian pumpkin seed oil too. You’re right that it’s difficult to find in stores. The better value and range is online with products like this.

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