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What is Pumpkin Seed Oil?

The oil produced from the pumpkin seeds is reputed for it extraordinary wealth of vitamins A, E, C and K. Fresh oil contains more than 60% unsaturated fatty acids. It also contains proteins and a number of ingredients which will bring you vitality.

Health Benefits:
What makes the Styrian pumpkin so special compared to a regular Jack o'Lantern? This variety of pumpkin seed oil is loaded with A, B1, B2, B6, C, D, E, and K, and an assortment of other minerals including magnesium, iron and calcium.

In addition to all those vitamins, it also contains somewhere between 60 to 90 percent unsaturated fats, is rich in vegetable protein and has both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids in a 3- to-1 ratio. It also contains 45 to 60 percent linoleic acid.

For those of us watching our health, pumpkin seed oil has all the right ingredients to relieve muscle fatigue and stimulate muscle growth, boost metabolic rate, and maintain weight loss.

From a medical standpoint however, the real health benefit is how the oil seems to prevent urinary and prostate problems, maintain the body's cholesterol levels, and ease the symptoms of arthritis.

Skin Benefits: Antioxidant properties
It appears that the biggest skin benefits of pumpkin seed oil are that it possesses very high levels of the natural antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Pumpkin seed oil is especially high in the gamma-tocopherol form of Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant.

Fatty Acids:
Aside from the high levels of Vitamin E found in pumpkin, there is also a high level of oil content (as high as 50%). The four fatty acids which comprise 98% of pumpkin seed oil are palmitic, stearic, linoleic, and oleic acids.

Palmitic acid:
works to promote natural oil regeneration. Oil is an important component for the skin to retain its protective barrier. With too little oil, the skin will crack and bleed; opening it to a greater risk of infection and disease.

Stearic acid:
acts primarily as a lubricant. It allows the skin to retain the proper moisture balance vital for good health (and good looks).

Linoleic acid:
is an essential fatty acid, which means our bodies dont manufacture it, and so we must ingest it in our diets. Linoleic acid is one step for the manufacture of prostaglandins, which decrease inflammation in the body. Linoleic acid helps maintain smooth skin, and will help repair flaky, itchy, or rough skin.

Oleic acid:
is the final fatty acid found in pumpkin seed oil. It works to replenish and maintain skins moisture and lubrication. It is an Omega 9 acid and has similar health benefits (both general and to the skin) as the more well-known Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids.

Other Major Benefits:
Benign Prostate Symptoms:
Pumpkin seed oil is always combined with saw palmetto to reduce symptoms of BPH. It alone has also been used to reduce BPH's symptoms. Pumpkin seed oil extracts standardized for fatty acid content have been used in BPH studies. Men suffered from BPH usually take 160 mg three times a day with meal.

Potential Benefits:
Curcurbitin in pumpkin seeds has shown anti-parasitic activity in vi-vitro. Chinese scientists used pumpkin seeds to treat acute schistosomiasis and tapeworm infestations.

L-tryptophan in pumpkin seeds are suggested to help remedy depression.

Kidney Stone:
In Thailand, people use pumpkin seeds to prevent kidney stone. Pumpkin seeds appear to slow down the stone formation in the urine.

Anti-Oxidant Activities and Cardiac Related Conditions:
Pumpkin seeds have long been used for health benefits and the seed oils of pumpkin may also contain many active beneficial components. The active beneficial components may protect important biological molecules from oxidative stress. Pumpkin seed oil is a rich source of antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Administration of pumpkin seed oil to rats suffered from arthritis was found to improve the signs of arthritis such as paw oedema.

Administration of pumpkin seed oil together with simvastatin to high cholesterol-fed rabbits, for three weeks caused a significant reduction of the aortic contractile response to norepinephrine and to normalize the most adverse effects observed during hypercholesterolemia.

A study suggested that pumpkin seed oil might enhance the blood pressure lowering effect of calcium antagonist felodipine or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-inhibitor), captopril.

Pumpkin seed protein isolate has shown benefits on the liver health in an animal study. The administration of pumpkin seed protein isolates after carbon tetrachloride intoxication resulted in significantly reduced activity levels of lactate dehydrogenase (LD), alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP).

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