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Pumpkin (Cucurbita)

 

The pumpkin seed is valued in relation to its nutritional points. Pumpkin seed oil is rich in antioxidants and beneficial as nutritional supplements such as essential fatty acids including linoleic and linolenic, carotenes, lutein, gamma and P-tocopherols, phytoserols, chlorophyll, selenium and zinc. The seeds are nutrient-rich, with especially high content of protein, dietary fiber and numerous micronutrients. And excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, niacin, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. The seeds are a good source of riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid, sodium and potassium.

 

History

The word pumpkin comes from the Greek pepon for a large melon. The English named it pumpion or pompion, a term which dates back to 1547. Pumpkins are now grown all over the world with Antarctica being the sole exception. Cultivated Pumpkins are believed to have originated in Central America and seeds from related plants found in Mexico date back to 5500 B.C.

Benefits

  • Bladder Benefits : Incontinence and bladder irritation are a concern for many people, especially women post-childbirth and post-menopause. Pumpkin oil strengthens the muscles that support the bladder and also soothe bladder irritation, reducing urge incontinence.
  • Prostate performance : There is a strong body of evidence that shows that pumpkin seed oil can prevent prostate enlargement — a major health issue for men over 60. Not only that, but it has even been found to reverse enlargement in men who are already experiencing the discomfort of an enlarged prostate.
  • Hold onto your hair : Male pattern baldness (as well as hair loss in women) is sometimes associated with overly high levels of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). One of the photochemical in pumpkin oil, beta-sitosterol, has been found to block the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Pumpkin oil also contains delta-7-sterol, which blocks DHT via a different mechanism. The effects of these naturally occurring chemicals have led to speculation and anecdotal evidence for pumpkin oil as a treatment for hair loss.
  • Heal your digestive tract : The high fatty acid content of pumpkin oil can balance out excess inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, helping to soothe uncomfortable and embarrassing symptoms associated with an unhealthy digestive tract. This can have a secondary impact, in that you will absorb more nutrition from your food if your GI tract is functioning properly.
  • Make your heart happy : 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.
  • Build your bones : Vitamins A and K build strong bones and help to prevent fractures and post-menopausal bone loss.
  • Support your liver : Since pumpkin seed oil is a great source of healthy fats and antioxidants, consuming it can help support liver health.
  • Get better sleep : One of the most interesting components of pumpkin seed oil is tryptophan, which breaks down into serotonin and promotes restful sleep. Longer, deeper sleep can help to lower your stress levels and increase your overall health.
  • Protect your peepers : Perfectly Pressed pumpkin seed oil contains high levels of zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that has been shown to protect your eyes from UV and blue light damage.
  • Nourish your brain : 1 Pumpkin seed oil is high in essential fats, which are the primary fuel for your brain.
  • Ease the symptoms of menopause : Postmenopausal women could get some relief with the use of pumpkin seed oil. The natural phytoestrogens in pumpkin seed oil can help to lower your blood pressure and provide relief from symptoms like hot flashes, headaches and joint pain.
  • Promote a healthy inflammation response : A lot of the daily aches and pains we experience are the result of inflammation in the body. Pumpkin seed oil has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects.