It is believed that Pumpkin seed oil can lower both cholesterol and blood pressure due to the phytoestrogens and phytosterolin. It is also rich in omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins E and K.
1.Reduces Prostate related diseases
Pumpkin seeds are perceived as the most natural food for men’s health. Zinc is essential for prostate health. Pumpkin seed oil when used in combination with palmetto reduces the symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). The zinc, plant sterol and free fatty acid, accounts for added benefits. The extracts of pumpkin seeds improve the function of the bladder and urethra.
Many studies have proved that pumpkin seed oil is as effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis as is the drug indomethacin. The essential fatty acid, the rich antioxidant content, and the integrated effects of other minor components help in providing anti-arthritic properties. It has high levels of vitamin E, tocopherol and tocotrienols.
3.Its anti-parasitic effect
Pumpkin seeds are found beneficial in treating people with schistosomiasis which is a parasitic disease transmitted through snails. Pumpkin seeds also resolve tapeworm infestations.
Pumpkin seed oil when used with cholesterol lowering drugs helps to lower the overall lipid effects. The essential fatty acid content of pumpkin seed oil helps in maintaining the appropriate levels of cholesterol. It also benefits to reduce the side effects of the cholesterol drug. Consumption of pumpkin seed oil along with anti-hypertensive medicines yields positive results. This hypotensive property is due to the antioxidant properties of pumpkin seed oil.
5.Regulates kidney function
Eating pumpkin seeds as a snack helps to prevent kidney stone. Pumpkin seeds reduce the levels of substances promoting formation of stone in the urine and simultaneously increase levels of the compounds that obstruct formation of stone. Pumpkin seed oil also reduces the bladder pressure, reduce urethral pressure and increase bladder compliance.
Pumpkin seeds are richest source of zinc. Zinc improves our immunity, helps in growth of our cells and its division, improves sleep, manages mood, develops our sense of taste and smell, maintains healthy eyes and skin, regulates insulin, and improves male sexual function.
Deficiency of zinc is associated with increase in cold and flu, low birth weight babies, depression, chronic fatigue and low performance in children.
7.Our healthy Heart
Pumpkin seeds contain the needed amount of magnesium by the body which is important for physiological functions like the creation of adenosine triphosphate i.e. ATP which are the energy molecules of your body. ATP helps in the synthesis of DNA and RNA, proper bone and tooth formation, the pumping of our heart, proper bowel function and relaxation of our blood vessels. Magnesium benefits our blood pressure, helps to prevent cardiac arrest, and prevents heart attack and stroke.
8.Rich source of Omega-3 Fats
Pumpkin seeds are one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3s i.e. alpha-linolenic acid or ALA. ALA is needed by all of us. However, it is essential to convert these essential omega-3 fats into EPA and DHA. This is done by an enzyme.
Pumpkin seed regulates insulin in the body regulation and prevents diabetes by reducing oxidative stress.
10.Benefits Postmenopausal Women
Pumpkin seed oil is a rich source of natural phytoestrogens and many studies proved that it leads to a significant increase in the level of good “HDL” cholesterol and decreases blood pressure, headache, hot flashes, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms in women suffering from post-menopause.
11.Improves our Sleep
Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan which is an amino acid (a protein building block) which our body helps to convert into serotonin and further into melatonin which is the sleep hormone. If we eat pumpkin seeds with some amount of carbohydrate like a small fruit provide our body with the needed tryptophan which is needed for our melatonin and serotonin production which in turn promotes a peaceful sleep.