Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin is a gourd-like squash scientifically named Cucurbita that’s native to North America. It is considered a fruit of the pumpkin plant, and it ranges in size from about 9 pounds to up to 75 pounds, and is usually orange or yellow, though varying species also product dark green, white, red, and gray fruits.

Pumpkin is planted in July in rich soils that hold water well. It produces both a male and female flower, though honeybees are important for fertilization. Vines are delicate, and can be easily damaged. Harvesting occurs from September through October, which is why you typically see so many pumpkins around Halloween time.

Uses Of Pumpkin Oil

This  cold-pressed oil that’s derived from pumpkin seeds has an enthusiastic following among both wellness and natural beauty seekers. Pumpkin seed oil can work wonders for both inner and outer beauty, thanks to its rich vitamin A and E, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, zinc, tryptophan and a host of potent antioxidants.

This oil is used in many food preparations. massage oils, skin treatments, also is used to treat people with arthritis pain

Benefits Of Pumpkin Oil

Supporting prostate health: Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as an important food for men’s health, and research suggests that both the oil and the seeds themselves may be particularly beneficial for the prostate. That’s, at least in part, due to the high levels of zinc in both (the prostate contains the body’s highest concentrations of it).

Reducing inflammation:  Pumpkin seed oil can be an important part of an anti-inflammatory diet as replacing foods high in saturated fats with foods that contain healthy unsaturated fats, this naturally has a positive impact on the amount of inflammation in the body which has been found to decrease the risk of numerous chronic illnesses and diseases, as well as to fight pain from many of those conditions, like arthritis.

Reducing inflammation has many other positive effects too – a 2015 studyout of the Netherlands showed that by replacing pumpkin seed oil in the diet of those who were suffering from atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in artery walls) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the effects of these conditions on the participants were notably reduced.

Relief of menopausal symptoms : Pumpkin seed oil is high in natural phytoestrogens that make it beneficial for women going through menopause, or postmenopause. Studies have shown that these compounds can help increase HDL, or “good” cholesterol, as well as lower blood pressure, lessen hot flashes, headaches, and joint pain. Thanks to its phytoestrogens, the oil may not only help to reducing breast cancer riskin postmenopausal women, but it may be able to treat it too.

 A better night’s sleep and less anxiety:  The oil is an excellent source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that the body converts to serotonin, which is then turned into melatonin, AKA the “sleep hormone,” it can also help you to get a better night’s rest.

Improved heart health: Pumpkin seed oil is rich in healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants which all offer benefits for heart health. As mentioned, its anti-inflammatory properties and phytoestrogens are both known for supporting the heart, including increasing “good,” HDL cholesterol.

 Improved bladder function: In older men, urinary incontinence is frequently linked to an enlarged prostate, and it’s believed that the pumpkin oil’s ability to block the androgen hormone DHT, may relieve the problem.

Relieving digestive woes: Pumpkin seed oil may even be effective for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Many people have reported experiencing fewer symptoms when taking pumpkin seed oil regularly.

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