Recent Posts

Topics

Archives

21
OCT

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Filed Under: Nutrition,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
pumpkin_seeds

 

Fall is the time for carving pumpkins and making Jack-O-Lanterns to illuminate your front steps.  You’ve just finished cutting open the top of your pumpkin. The newspaper has been laid out on the table; a trash can next to you and all of your carving accessories handy. As you begin to reach into the pumpkin to scoop out the insides, you might be considering whether or not to get rid of all of its contents. What if I told you those seeds on the inside may actually have some healthy properties? Today we are going to look at some of those benefits.

Cucurbita pepo more, commonly known as pumpkin, contains many physiologic health benefits. The majority of its salubrious assets come from the seeds and include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, diuretic, and anthelmintic properties. Besides having actual physiologic benefits, pumpkin seeds are also very nutritious. One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half the recommended daily amount of magnesium. Pumpkins seeds are also full of zinc, fiber and healthy fats like ALA, which together all play a key role in supporting your body.

Pumpkin seeds’ anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for inflamed, boggy, irritated prostates as seen in Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH).  In a randomized double blind study, it was found that pumpkin significantly improved urinary flow, micturition time, residual urine, as well as frequency of micturition.  Another study showed that a combination of pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto were both clinically safe and effective as complementary treatments for BPH.

In addition to its benefits for BPH, pumpkin seed oil has also been researched for its role in preventing calcium oxalate kidney stones. Two studies performed in Thailand looked at pumpkin seeds snacks and their role in preventing kidney stones in children with a high risk for developing them. Research found that pumpkin seeds increased the level of inhibitors of crystal formation in the urine suggesting a preventive effect, but did not look at the actual reduction in stone formation.

This fall don’t just get rid of all of the “guts” of your pumpkin. Clean and wash off the pumpkin seeds, add a small amount of salt and bake for not only a delicious, but also nutritious snack.




Leave a Reply