Pumpkin seeds are a delicious, nutritious and popular seed that have been celebrated as far back as 1300 AD when utilized by the ancient Aztecs. They were used as a food and traditional medicine in many Native American tribes and South America, where they were referred to as “pepita de calabaza” meaning “little seed of squash”. Over time, they became popular in North America, Europe and the Mediterranean. They have even travelled the globe as far as Asia where they are used today as an alternative medicine. Here in the United States, pumpkins are grown for commercial consumption in nearly every state and over 100,000 acres of farmland.
One of the most outstanding uses of pumpkin seeds is making them into a pumpkin seed oil. Pumpkin seed oil has been studied by modern medicine for decades and there are an abundance of impressive results. One standout study was conducted on 76 male patients with Androgenetic Alopecia. Each patient received 400 mg of pumpkin seed oil per day or a placebo. Changes were evaluated by four outcomes: assessment of standardized clinical photographs, patient self-assessment scores, scalp hair thickness, and scalp hair counts. These outcomes were documented at both 12 and 24 weeks. After 24 weeks of double blind treatment, hair count increases of 40% were observed in men treated with 400 mg daily plant seed oil versus only a 10% increase in placebo treated men. There were no adverse effects documented by either sets of men. This study shows that pumpkin seeds could possibly help support the body’s natural regrowth of hair, which may be significant for people experiencing hair thinning or loss.
Another interesting study evaluated pumpkin seed oil for its effectiveness on human urinary disorders and overactive bladder. 45 patients were given 10g of pumpkin seed oil extract from C. maxima every day. The study was conducted over a period of 12 weeks, with measurements taken at both 6 and 12 weeks. At 12 weeks, urinary function was evaluated using Overactive Bladder Symptom Score (OABSS). Results from this study suggest that pumpkin seed oil extracts from C. maxima as well as from C. pepo may possibly be effective for supporting urinary disorders in humans.
These are just a few of the many therapeutic benefits pumpkin seeds may offer. They’re a fantastic way of adding flavor along with nutrition in your daily foods.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Pumpkin Seed Kernels (Pepitas) may include:
May support a healthy urinary system
Possibly helps the body avert urinary disorders
May support a healthy prostate
May support a healthy cardiovascular system
Source of Vitamins E, C, D, K, and B, protein, healthy fats
Source of zinc, magnesium, tryptophan, calcium, potassium, copper, niacin, phosphorus, manganese, iron
May support the body’s natural production of testosterone
May support healthy hair growth
May support the body’s ability to hinder hair loss