Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin seed oil with some pumpkinsThe pumpkin seed oil is most well known for its culinary uses in Eastern Europe, namely Austria, Germany, Hungary and Croatia and is considered a luxurious delicacy in those countries. It is a vital export for Slovenia and Austria, where it has been cultivated and manufactured since the 18th century. One of the most fascinating qualities of pumpkin seed oil is its dichromatism. This means that the oil will appear as different colors depending on the thickness of the oil extracted from the roasted pumpkin seeds. Colors vary from dark green to dark red. It has a rich flavor and is often described as nutty or bitter depending on the level of refinement of the oil. It is commonly used in salad dressings, soups, sauces, and as a dip for breads. It is not recommended for use in high-temperature cooking because of its low chemical stability.

For Good Prostate Health
One of the recently discovered benefits of pumpkin seed oil is its ability to maintain a healthy prostate. Studies have shown that a pumpkin seed oil supplement can both reduce prostate inflammation and help with urinary flow.

Men aged above 40 benefits the most from the use of pumpkin seed oil as it keeps the prostate glands physiologically healthy. It works to help strengthen your bladder, reduce inflammation, maintain proper bladder function and reduce any prostate enlargement.

Pumpkin Seed Oil Health Benefits
In addition to its use in the prevention of prostate enlargement, pumpkin seed oil also has many other health benefits. Hair loss, which can be linked to many of the same factors that cause an enlarged prostate, can also be treated with pumpkin seed oil. The oil works in a different way from other conventional hair treatments as it contains a substance called delta-7-sterine that helps minimizes the effect of dihydrotestosterone (a hormone believed to cause hair loss).

Pumpkin seed oil is also a common treatment for many intestinal maladies. One of its traditional uses, for example, is as a treatment for intestinal parasites. It is not completely understood why it works, but it has been shown to temporarily paralyze tapeworms and many other internal parasites, exhibiting anthelmitic properties. In conjunction with a laxative, pumpkin seed oil can be used to remove all sorts of parasites from the bowel. The anti-inflammatory fatty acids in pumpkin seed oil are also believed to be instrumental in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). When taken regularly, it is reported to reduce inflammation, thereby lessening many of the uncomfortable symptoms of IBS, especially for chronic sufferers.

Although it is primarily produced in Austria and Slovenia, much pumpkin seed oil is distributed internationally. Like many other natural products, it has not gained mainstream use as a health remedy due to the fact that major drug companies are unable to patent and control its use. Despite this fact, it has slowly made its way into homes across the world as a natural remedy, food additive and delicacy.