Pumpkin is a well-known traditional herbal medicinal product used for the centuries in Europe. Its medicinal use was described in the ancient writings including Hippocrates, Discorides. Pumpkin has been traditionally used as diuretic and anthelmintic, and as taenifugium remedy since Medieval Time.
Due to its unique composition, seeds are considered as the most important component of the pumpkin. Pumpkin seed oil is an extraordinarily rich source of diverse bioactive compounds having functional properties used as edible oil or as a potential nutraceutical. It is commonly consumed as a salad oil in Austria, Slovenia, and Hungary.
Goya Botanicals Cold Pressed Pumpkin Seed Oil is rich in essential highly unsaturated fatty acids (app. 80%) with predominant oleic and linoleic acid content, and phytosterols. It has a dark greenish colour and an intense nutty taste.
Uses & Benefits
Pumpkin seeds, fruits, and leaves are used as functional food or for treatment of cold, irritable bladder, prostatic complains, micturition, fever, fatigue, thirst, nausea, and also has beneficial effects on ache, burns, gastritis, and enteritis(1).
In recent years, the oil has attracted great attention due to its restorative impacts on men’s health. The use of pumpkin seeds as alternative treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) stage I and II has been recommended by commission E(2). In Bulgaria, Turkey, and Ukraine, men used pumpkin seed to reduce the BPH symptoms(3).
Similar to men’s health, pumpkin seed oil maintains women’s health by promoting estrogenic activity through its natural phytoestrogens. It is reported that pumpkin seed oil intake prominently decreases menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women(4).
Pumpkin seed oil has antihypertensive and cardioprotective properties. It is suggested that diets rich in pumpkin seed oil decrease blood LDL cholesterol levels and the risk of cardiovascular diseases(5). Another significant characteristic of the pumpkin seed oil is its strong antioxidant activity. It has been shown to prevent diabetes, and protect the liver from the hepatotoxic effect caused by alcohol(6).
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Blumenthal, M.; Goldberg, A.; Brinckmann, J.; Foster, S.; Tyler, V. Herbal Medicine, Expanded Commission E Monograph; Integrative Medicine Communications: Chestnut Street: United States of America, 2000.
Rotblatt, M. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Ann. Intern. Med. 2000, 133(6), 487.
Gossell-Williams, M., Hyde, C., Hunter, T., Simms-Stewart, D., Fletcher, H., McGrowder, D., et al. (2011). Improvement in HDL cholesterol in postmenopausal women supplemented with pumpkin seed oil: Pilot study. Climacteric, 14, 558–564.
Landeka, I., Đikic, D., Radisˇic, I., Teparic, R., & Bacun-Druzˇina, V. (2011). The effects of olive and pumpkin seed oil on serum lipid concentrations. Croatian Journal of Food Technology, Biotechnology and Nutrition, 6, 63–68.
Abou Seif, H. S. (2014). Ameliorative effect of pumpkin oil (Cucurbita pepo L.) against alcohol-induced hepatotoxicity and oxidative stress in albino rats. Beni-Suef University Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 3, 178–185.
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