Pumpkin Seeds & Pumpkin Seed Oil

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I was working on a project and came across quite a bit of info on pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil.

Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious; high in magnesium (1 oz - 37% RDI), calcium, sodium and phosphorus as well as being a source of potassium, zinc, manganese (1 oz - 42% RDI), iron (1 oz - 23% RDI), selenium and copper. High in antioxidants, particularly Vitamin E. Pumpkin seeds are high in tryptophan which helps regulate sleep. 1 oz. of pumpkin seeds has 1.7 grams of fibre and 7 grams of protein.

Pumpkin seed oil facilitates the body’s production of nitric oxide which helps prevent bladder hyperactivity and improves bladder volume, resulting in less urgency. Studies have shown improvement in overactive bladder symptom scores in patients as well as benign prostate hypertrophy symptom scores,  without any adverse side effects. So, good for men who may be experiencing prostate issues (BPH) or women who may have issues with their pelvic floor or internal organ placement due to childbirth. The German Commission E Herbal monographs approves pumpkin seed for the treatment of “irritated bladder condition and micturition problems of benign prostatic hyperplasia stages 1 and 2”.

Pumpkin seed oil helps prevent stiffening of arteries and improves function, thereby assisting with blood pressure management. The assisted production of nitric oxide also offers a cardioprotective effect. Studies have also shown an increase in HDL and a decrease in LDL when taking pumpkin seed oil.

Pumpkin seeds make a great snack to add to our diets or an ingredient in baked goods or granola. I like mine toasted and added to salads instead of croutons.

Pumpkin seed oil is easy to add to a smoothie. The suggested dose is 10 grams of oil which works out to about 2.5 tsp, although an RDA has not yet been established.