Pumpkin seed oil has certain benefits, it can help promote mental health and physical health. It’s full of vitamins and anti-inflammatory agencies, along with linoleic and oleic acid.
Here are what you need to know about this fruit’s potential health benefits.
Traditionally, pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds in general have been said to boost mood and ward off depression.
We all know that saturated fats aren’t good for healthy hearts. Pumpkin seed oil is actually an unsaturated fat, meaning it’s the “good” kind of fat. Unsaturated fats like pumpkin seed oil can actually promote a healthy heart. One study found that pumpkin seed oil not only helped lower cholesterol, but it also had anti-inflammatory effects. The oil has also been shown to lower blood pressure.
Health Effects on Men:
Pumpkin seed oil, along with palmetto oil, has shown promising results as an alternative therapy for benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH). A study of Korean men with BPH found that pumpkin seed oil may act as an effective alternative medicine with no adverse reactions. Participants in the study saw an improvement in symptoms, including better urinary flow. Researchers found that optimal results occurred when pumpkin seed oil was combined with palmetto oil. Pumpkin seed oil has been also linked to positive effects on hair growth especially for men.
Health Effects on Women:
In one study, pumpkin seed oil was found to help relieve some of the symptoms of menopause. This included a decrease in hot flashes, joint pain, and headaches. The women taking pumpkin seed oil also had an increase in their HDL levels, which is the “good” cholesterol.
How Pumpkin Seed Oil is Squeezed Out?
Making pumpkin seed oil is a complicated process. It involves roasting the pumpkin seeds at an optimum temperature. This ensures that none of the important fatty acids are damaged during heating. The roasted pumpkin seeds are then placed into a press, allowing the oil to be extracted from the seeds. While processing, the temperature should be also strictly controlled to prevent the important fatty acids from damaging. For pumpkin seed oil, the best press process is cold press.
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