Pumpkin Seed Oil Dosage, Timing and Best Price


How much Pumpkin Seed OilPumpkin seed oil is a deep green oil, rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and other health nutrients. Here is the best pumpkin seed oil dosage, when to take it for the most benefit and where to get good pumpkin seed oil at a low price.

Why Use Pumpkin Seed Oil?

The vitamin E content in pumpkin seed oil is quite high, most notably in gamma-tocopherol which is believed to be a more effective antioxidant than the more commonly known alpha-tocopherol. Alongside its antioxidant functions, a good intake of vitamin E is also very beneficial for preventing skin problems and improving skin tone.

Pumpkin seed oil is a good source of the mineral zinc for boosting our immune system, maintaining sexual health and once again improving our skin. Zinc is also an important mineral for prostate function and may help in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Pumpkin seed oil also contains a compound known as delta-7-sterine that competes with dihydrotestosterone at the receptors and may block its harmful action on the prostate in the case of benign prostatic hyperplasia and the hair follicles with male pattern baldness.

Pumpkin seed oil has been used for improving bladder and kidney function; for treating parasitic infections and kidney stones; as a treatment for hair loss, particularly male pattern baldness associated with excessive dihydrotestosterone production; and most commonly to help treat BPH.

For a more in depth look at the nutritional value of this wonderful green oil please see this post on the various benefits of pumpkin seed oil.

Pumpkin Seed Oil Dosage and Timing

Harmful Organism Cleanse KitPumpkin seed oil may be both a preventative and useful treatment for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia. A 2009 Korean study found ‘statistically significant’ benefit for a group of men suffering from BPH, given just 320 mg of pumpkin seed oil a day for six months.

In fact, the pumpkin seed oil performed better in the study than saw palmetto oil (a more well-known BPH treatment) and better than pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto oil combined (which would seem to suggest the higher pumpkin seed oil dosage made the difference).

Another successful pumpkin seed oil study, involving patients with andrological disorders, used Peponen (a brand name pumpkin seed oil), at a dosage of three 300 mg capsules twice a day for the first month (for a total of 1800 mg), then three 300 mg capsules once a day for the remaining months (for a total of 900 mg).

It now seems generally recommended to take at least 1000 mg a day as a good pumpkin seed oil dosage and most pumpkin seed oil capsules come in this dosage. Therapeutic doses for specific conditions may be higher, perhaps taking the same or double the dose several times a day.

Regarding timing, pumpkin seed oil would, like most fatty acid supplements, be best taken with a meal. If you were taking it as a preventative only once a day, it would probably be best with breakfast or the evening meal.

In larger therapeutic doses, a 1000 mg capsule or two could be taken with each main meal of the day. There would generally be more value in splitting doses throughout the day, rather than having it all at once.

The exception to this would be if pumpkin seed oil were being used as a parasite treatment. In this case, the whole amount for the day, first thing in the morning before food should work best.

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 as an oil for frying or in baking as high temperatures can damage its delicate structure.

Organic Pumpkin Oil

I usually take a teaspoon, around 4 grams, of this organic pumpkin seed oil twice a day, with breakfast and dinner as a preventative against BPH and to maintain healthy hair.

The anti-parasitic properties and potentially improved bladder and kidney function also interests me, along with the many health nutrients in pumpkin seed oil. Fortunately, I also really like the taste of it.

This may seem a large amount, but there have been no reported side effects in any medical research I’ve seen and pumpkin seed oil is a very healthy oil that covers a lot of nutritional bases. 300 mg just seems too small an amount to me to get real health benefits, but of course consult a knowledgeable healthcare professional if you’re in doubt.

The flavor is rich and nutty and it goes well on salads, so you could drizzle a couple of teaspoons worth over mixed salad leaves instead of taking it by teaspoon.

Anyone getting organic pumpkin seed oil by the bottle should keep it in the fridge to maintain freshness. Ideally, use it within a month or two. It should not be heated and is definitely not an oil to use for frying.

Pumpkin Oil Capsules

While I prefer pumpkin seed oil from the bottle, I can see why many people prefer pumpkin seed oil capsules. For one thing, it is much easier to keep track of your pumpkin seed oil dosage and simpler to take than pouring out a spoonful.

Another benefit of the capsules would have to be that the oil is more protected inside and should keep fresh for much longer. Pumpkin seed oil is really sensitive to light. If you are more of an occasional user, it may make better sense to get the pumpkin seed oil capsules and keep them in a cool, dark cupboard.

For good value, high quality pumpkin seed oil capsules, these 1000mg pumpkin seed oil softgels are on special. There is also a new water soluble pumpkin seed extract for prostate problems that many people are reporting significant results with.

Pumpkin seed oil is definitely one of the better tasting ways to improve your health. If you try the pumpkin seed oil dosage suggested here I’d appreciate hearing your results in the comments section below.

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Marco

Hi there!

I really enjoyed reading the above – but I have a question…

I’m from South Africa and can’t find a pumkin seed oil capsule and the only bottles are 250ml…

You say above that one needs to take about 1000mg a day…? Does that mean I’d have to drink 4 bottles?

Please help.

Thank you so much!

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    Jim

    Hi there,

    The pumpkin seed oil liquid is better value. You could take a 5 ml teaspoon once or twice a day and a 250 ml bottle would last you quite a while.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Kulwant Singh Purba

I found the article quite informative especially on the part of dosage of pumpkin oil and forms in which it is available such capsules and bottles. I taking pumpkin seeds 7-10 gms daily with water ( chewing sufficiently) for the last 3 months for treatment of BHP . This is in addition to normal allopathic treatment.

Should I shift to pumpkin seed oil instead of seeds or both can be taken. Advise.

Regards

Kulwant Singh Purba

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    Jim

    Hi Kulwant,

    Pumpkin seeds are good but pumpkin seed oil is a very concentrated version of the fat soluble nutrients and may well be even more effective. Ideally you could have both.

    Hope this helps,

    Jim

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karosa

Cant seem to find the pumpkin seed capsules in Namibia.ANY IDEA

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    Jim

    Hi Karosa,

    I think the best place for interenational orders is here http://healthandenergyfoods.com/go/iherb as they have $5 delivery all around the world and up to $10 discount on your first order at the ckeckout with this link.

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    Victoria Moore

    Swansons Vitamins ..online.. sells 1000mg pumpkin seed oil 100 capsules for $ 4.50.. very reputable manufacturer in USA.. been arround since 60’s… I have been taking pumpkinseed oilfor 2-3 years.(1mg or 2mg twice a day..depending on how much coffee I am drinking). Like many post menapausal women, I began having issues with incontinance, ( I am 62).. pumpkin seed oil capsules resolved this issue immediately! I have given bottles to both male & female friends (some in their 80’s) with the same results. Several of my male friends, after excusing themselves repeatedly to go the the restroom… I pulled my bottle of pumpkin seed oil capsules out of my purse..make them take 2 … Within hours they see relief.. several reported that the first day of taking 2 caps before going to bed.. they slept thru the night without having to pee… I will take the rest of my life!!!!

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Linda A.

Does pumpkin seed oil cause dieahera? I would like to try the pumpkin seed oil, but I’m afraid if it causing dieahera.

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    Jim

    Hi Linda,

    Pumpkin seed oil should not cause diarrhea or other digestive problems.

    All the best,

    James

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Peggy

Do you recommend Best Naturals Pumpkin Seed Oil Capsules for use by women as well as men?

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    Jim

    Hi Peggy,

    Yes, pumpkin seed oil is good for women as well, particularly for their hair and skin.

    All the best,

    Jim

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steve

Hi,

Can we apply pumpkin oil directly to the scalp. I have hair loss problem, so can I apply it directly to the scalp?

Also explain the side exffects if we apply to the scalp.

Thanks,
Steve

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    Jim

    Hi Steve,

    This has been recommended on various hair loss forums and there are no reported side effects beyond the color of the pumpkin seed oil. Perhaps best for days off or evenings.

    All the best,

    Jim

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dee

What dosage do you recommend for women? I have 1000 mg capsules. I’m taking it to lower testosterone and help my hair. Would women need a lower dose than men since we have less testosterone?

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    Jim

    Hi Dee,

    It’s more DHT than testosterone that concerns hair loss and pumpkin seed oil combats. The usual recommendation is 1000mg as this is what worked in studies. Possibly only 500mg would work for women but I’d stick with 1000 mg.

    All the best,

    Jim

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swapnil

is it okay to have herbins pumpkin seed oil as treatment for hairloss

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    Jim

    Hi there,

    Yes this would be beneficial for preventing hairloss.

    All the best.

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Srinivas

hai.i recently purchased sscp pumpkin seed oil of 15 ml bottle it says that it is only for extternal purpose can pumpkin seed of any brand can be consemd ?

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    Jim

    Hi Srinivas,

    All pure pumpkin seed oil is healthy to consume. Check the label that it is 100% pumpkin seed oil though.

    All the best,

    James

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Humendra

Hi jim

Any side effects of pumpkin seed? Have been taking since 6 months noticed shrinkage of testies

Thanks

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    Jim

    Hi there,

    I’ve never heard of pumpkin seeds causing testes shrinkage. In fact, with their high levels of zinc they should help sperm production and testes health.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Fiyaz

I received purchased Avi natural pumpkin seeds oil to treat hair loss. Can I take it 5ml with a glass of milk after breakfast.

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    Jim

    Hi Fiyaz,

    Milk isn’t necessary but taking pumpkin seed oil with or just after a meal is good. It goes especially well with vegetables and salads.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Nick

Hello Jim,

I am experiencing Hair Fall too much since I moved to Germany .I am also taking finasteride with doctor prescribtion. It intially helped but now I am not happy with the hair strength and volume. I just bought a 100% Sterlized Pumpkin Seed Oil from Birnstingl(Austrian Brand). I am consuming it a teaspoon since yesterday. I also chew walnuts in the morning. Could it help me ? And also my question is can i also continue the finasteride 1mg tablet along with this. Thanks your reply is needed.

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    Jim

    Hi Nick and sorry for the late reply as I missed this somehow.

    Pumpkin seed oil should be beneficial and I’ve not heard of any problems taking it at the same time as finasteride. As with any medications though, take natural treatments at different times, generally at least an hour away.

    All the best,

    Jim

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MARICS

I HAVE READ AN ARTICLE THAT SAYS ORGANIC PUMPKIN SEE OIL (COLD PRESSED) IS ALSO BEST TO TREAT WITH ACNE-PRONE SKIN. FOR THIS, I WAS SEARCHING FOR ALL STORES IN MANILA WHERE I CAN BUY BUT TO NO AVAIL. ANY SUGGESTION PLS. THANKS MARICS

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Debbie

I just received my bottles of pumpkin seed oil capsules and read that it was only for men! While doing research on type two diabetes it stated that this oil would help the pancreas to become normal again! Can I take this product even though it says for men only?

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Randolph von Gans

Hi,
Question: too much Vit E (lots in the oil) can produce strokes. I already take blood thinners…. should I not take the oil. I took two table spoons a day for a month and a half, but have erred on the side of caution and stopped till this is cleared
It is hard to find really true negative stories of these events and no studies on the direct relation between stroke/vit E and blood thinners..
Any suggestion are really appreciated

Thanks
Randolph

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    Jim

    Hi Randolph,

    While it’s always best to take natural supplements like pumpkin seed oil well away from medications like blood thinners, and to consult your doctor, those older studies were done using very high doses of synthetic alpha tocopherol. Many health experts believe that vitamin E should only be consumed in mixed tocopherol form as you receive in foods like walnuts and oil like pumpkin seed. In this form it is overwhelmingly considered beneficial for the cardiovascular system.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Martin

Am I the only one interested in pumpkin seed oil for BPH? I am from Kenya and it might not be possible to order this product at a reasonable and sustainable cost. Is it possible to cold press my own by just taking the seeds and crushing them?

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Sue Harris

Hi Jim, I like your website very informative. I have a problem with over active bladder. I am up and down all night. Did go to the urologists and he found nothing wrong. I am going to buy some pumpkin seed oil and want to know the dosage for this problem. would it be 500 mg. in morning and 500mg. in evening? Also, besides being organic which brand name is the best? Thank you.

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Richard

I am using the pumpkins seed oil daily .A tea spoon in the morning after the breakfast .I hope in my forthcoming blood analysis the PSA will be reduced to the normal rate .I am 64 years old and noticed since better activities and dynamism besides reducing urination frequencies

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    Jim

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for relaying your positive results. I hope your blood analysis comes back positive as well.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Shaun O'Reilly

Hey there

Can you tell me if 2 5ml spoosn on pumpkin seed oil is a good amount daily?
I mean what is the in tablet form?

Thanks,
Shaun

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    Jim

    Hi Shaun,

    10ml of good pumpkin seed oil should be a good dosage. The bottled oil is usually better value than capsules which can be around 4 to 5ml, though it depends on their size.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Tara

Just so you all know I used Azo (pumpkin seed, not cranberry) for my incontinent dogs. They are getting older and I shy away from using Proin, usually prescribed for incontinent dogs. Since I started using it for the girls they’ve improved with no accidents almost 100%! That my friends is amazing in this house. Now I’m switching to straight up 1000. Mg softgels to see if they are as effective. Wish my floors and dogbeds luck! Thanks, I will let you know how its going! Tara

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Bob

Is Omega Nutrition Pumpkin seed oil made from roasted pumpkin seeds? I have been told that there is no zinc in this oil. Are the other beneficial oils and/or acids also reduced or even destroyed in extracting the oil from the seeds in the Omega Nutrition product?

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    Jim

    Hi Bob,

    Minerals aren’t a strong point of extracted oils compared to pumpkin seeds while the fatty acids are obviously concentrated.

    This article has a response from the company on Omega Nutrition pumpkin seed oil superfoodprofiles.com/buy-pumpkin-seed-oil-online

    All the best,

    Jim

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