Best 6 Pumpkin Seed Oil Benefits

Health benefits of pumpkin seed oil Pumpkin seed oil is an intensely dark green oil pressed from raw or roasted pumpkin seeds with many health benefits.

It has a rich and nutty flavor and is a potent source of beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants and DHT blocking compounds such as beta-sitosterol and delta-7-sterine.

Here are the top health benefits of pumpkin seed oil and 6 great reasons to take it regularly.

1. 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 mild steroid delta-7-sterine that specifically competes with DHT in the prostate and seems to help prevent prostate cell multiplication.

Alongside these two DHT blockers, pumpkin seed oil has high levels of antioxidant carotenoids, omega 9 fatty acids and zinc, all of which may help reduce a man’s risk of developing BPH.

This study found pumpkin seed oil supplementation reduced symptoms and pain for men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia without negative side effects.

2. How to Use Pumpkin Seed Oil for 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 your hair follicles.

Some people even recommend applying pumpkin seed oil directly to the scalp for its DHT blocking properties. If you don’t want green hair then taking raw pumpkin seed oil by the spoonful or drizzled over a salad seems much more enjoyable.

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3. Arthritis Treatment

Taking pumpkin seed oil benefits your joints and the capsules are a popular supplement for the treatment of arthritic pain.

The high levels of antioxidants, fatty acids and other compounds in pumpkin seed oil are often reported to help reduce inflammation in joints for sufferers of arthritis.

In fact, some research has shown the positive effects of pumpkin seed oil on arthritic inflammation is on a par with the anti-arthritis drug Indomethacin, without the negative side effects like elevated liver lipid peroxides.

4. Cholesterol and Heart Disease

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 when taken with a meal containing cholesterol.

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 be of benefit in lowering a person’s risk of heart disease.

5. Pumpkin Seed Oil Benefits for IBS Sufferers

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

6. Intestinal Parasites

Pumpkin seed oil health benefits even include protecting you from parasitic worms. It has been traditionally used

as a treatment for intestinal parasites and has the unusual ability to paralyze worms in the digestive tract. For this purpose a tablespoon is taken on an empty stomach, preferably first thing in the morning.

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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.

Calories in Pumpkin Seed Oil

A tablespoon of pumpkin seed oil has around 120 calories, primarily from beneficial fatty acids.

You need these kind of fats in your diet though and pumpkin seed oil’s calories aren’t nearly as important as its many health benefits.

Where to Find Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil

A good pumpkin seed oil should be 100% pure, cold pressed and preferably organic. Pumpkin seed salad oil is a mixed product that may be of questionable quality, especially if it is blended with other unhealthy vegetable oils.

This rich tasting pumpkin seed oil is the best I’ve found for the price and a teaspoon a day with a meal is a good dosage to start with for general health benefits.

For treating health conditions like prostate enlargement, arthritis, IBS or hair loss a teaspoon with each meal will provide a more beneficial effect. If you prefer capsules, an inexpensive option are these 1000mg softgels, currently on good discount.

Pumpkin seed oil is 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 away from light and heat but are better stored in a cupboard.

Taken regularly, pumpkin seed oil benefits many aspects of your health. While it is best known for its positive effect on hair loss and prostate enlargement, the wide range of nutrients in pumpkin seed oil are likely to be beneficial in many other important areas.

For how to take pumpkin seed oil, dosage and the best brands see this page next. There’s also more on the benefits of pumpkin seeds for men here.

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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!


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.


Kelly Ash

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

Zoe Parker

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! :-)


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.


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


Thanks Kannan. Hope it works well for you.


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.

Julie Kaye

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.


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.


I want to try it for my severe IBS which is hell.


just bought a bottle of pumpkin seed oil,will try it for hair loss .


How was the 400mg amount determined? And is more better?


Thank you for this informative article. How much pumpkin seed oil do you recommend to take daily for male pattern hairloss (elevated DHT)? Do you have to mix the pumpkin seed oil with food or can you take it straight from the bottle? Thank you


Hi Sam and thanks for your question.

You don’t have to mix pumpkin seed oil with food but it’s probably better with or after a meal than on an empty stomach. It’s also best not heated.

This page has detailed dosage information for pumpkin seed oil

Hope this helps.


Hi Simon and thanks for your question.

It’s based on the study listed here but 1000 mg or more would likely be more beneficial.

Hope this helps.

Alfred Guzman

Please advice price of pumpkin capsule and oil ship to the philippines.

joe yates

I have been using a pumpkin seed oil from Trader Joe.. Could almos chug a lug it. So delicious. Has had a very good affect on my libido at 79.



Was really impressed by the info shared and many thanks to you
want to try this oil for hairs
can u suggest me where it can be bought online


Hi Bhanu,

The best place for interenational orders is here as they have $5 delivery all around the world and up to $10 discount on your first order at the ckeckout with this link.


Hi Joe,

Good to hear. I really like the taste of pumpkin seed oil too and it’s effects on libido are well documented.

All the best,



Hi Alfred,

I’d check here for interenational orders They have $5 delivery all around the world and up to $10 discount on your first order at the ckeckout with this link.

David Mawungu

After hearing so much about pumpkin in its different forms, I will give a try.


I just purchased 3 bottles of pumpkin seed oil 1000 mg from Puritans website. I want to take it for hair loss and prevention of DHT. Is it safe for women to take. The warning is only for men. The only information I found is for man and benefits of hair loss.


Hi Ayana,

While women aren’t usually as affected by DHT as men, pumpkin seed oil contains beneficial fatty acids for hair growth and is safe to take for women.

All the best,


Barbara Pixley

I noticed the comment about helping with blood pressure-presumably high blood pressure. I have low blood pressure so would pumpkin seed oil be safe for me to take. I wanted it for other health reasons.


Hi Barbara,

I would think it would have a more normalizing function but it would be best to check with your doctor as pumpkin seed oil is used as a treatment for high blood pressure so may not be appropriate if you have very low blood pressure.

All the best.

vedat ?afak yam?

I hope it helps other people the way it’s helped me. I’m going to be taking this stuff for forever.


True – pumpkin oil CAN be “addicting”. :) I use it practically every day. (Just now I’ve finished lunch which included a salad of rocket, quail eggs and beans dressed with a vinaigrette with pumpkin oil, and Slovene “štruklji”. Man, I could eat it this every day and never tire of it… :))
In Austria, Hungary and the eastern part of Slovenia they also drizzle it over pumpkin soup.

I wish it were more easily accessible outside Central Europe.
People don’t know what they’re missing.

jerry r

Very impressive article with lots of information cant wait to try it…Im looking on line for the oil and found swanson organic cold pressed pumpkin seed that ok?


Hi Jerry,

Thanks for your positive comments. Yes, that pumpkin seed oil should be fine.

All the best,


Aman kumar saw

I lossed my hair{some part} ….Can Pumpkin seed oil recover it……..


Hi there,

Pumpkin seed oil can help if DHT is a major cause of hair loss. There’s more on how to take it for this here

All the best,



Just bought a bottle, havesuffering from overactive bladder hope it helps

Peggy gannaway

Have an overactive bladder can i take pumpkin seed oil and wats the dosage?


Best of luck with the pumpkin seed oil Iril.


Hi Peggy,

Please see this article for pumpkin seed oil recommended dosage

All the best,



Has anyone taken this for male infertility? My holistic Dr recommended my husband taking this twice a day from New moon to full moon and Evening Primrose from full moon to new moon. He would also like me to do the evening primrose at the same time and Flax seed from new moon to full moon.
Just was hoping for some encouragement with trying something different and some success stories.


Hi Victoria,

Pumpkin seed oil has helped many men with improved testosterone which may help with infertility.

All the best,



2-3 acupuncture treatments improved my IBS by at least 90%. You may want to try it!

Daniel Reich

I’m taking GNC 1000 mg pumpkin seed oil twice daily for my prostate, I’m also taking areds twice daily containing 68 mg of zinc for macular degeneration. I need to know the zinc content in the 1000 mg pumpkin seed oil so’s not overdose on zinc. The bottle of pumpkin seed oil doesn’t specify zinc content. Does anybody know how much zinc is contained in 1000 mg pumpkin seed oil soft gel?


Hi Daniel,

While pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc there would be little in the oil as the extraction process removes most of the minerals.

All the best,



hi there this is my first time doing this, I am in my late 50’s overactive bladder I think, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis which is best the oil or capsules or both thanks


Hi Bert.

The capsules just contain the oil but are more expensive. I’d take a teaspoon of one of the pumpkin seed oils recommended here and follow the dosage instructions there as well.

All the best,


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