5 uses of the Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil
Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil is a culinary specialty from what used to be part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Apart from its cooking and cosmetic uses like adding it to Cheesecake or nourishing your scalp, it’s good to know that it has a long list of health benefits.
Regularly applied onto the skin, increases its hydration and improves regeneration, also helps to reduce the appearance of scars. If used as a hair conditioner, boosts the hair shine and strength.
Thanks to its high content of phytosterols (especially beta-sitosterol), which act similarly to human hormones, Pumpkin Seed Oil is considered as an ingredient appropriate for prostate disease prevention. Phytosterols present in the Pumpkin Seed Oil normalise abnormal levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone), and thus reduce the symptoms of prostate enlargement (the size of the prostate gland).
Pumpkin Seed Oil is a natural remedy for parasites dwelling our intestine. Parasites can enter our bodies through contaminated water or food (particularly meat, like pork or uncooked fish), especially when our immunity is low or our digestive system is functioning poorly. Alkaloids, called cucurbitins, present in Pumpkin Seed Oil paralyze the worms’ nervous system, preventing them from holding on to the intestinal walls and making it easier to expel them.
Fights Hair Loss in Men
Several double-blind, placebo-controlled trials have shown that the oral intake of the Pumpkin Seed Oil increases hair growth among balding men (suffering from male-pattern baldness). The possible mechanism responsible for this is the inhibition of the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). As mentioned above, high dihydrotestosterone levels produce damage among the hair follicles.
Cold pressed oils retain their rich nutritional properties, and have higher nutritional value than hot-pressed & toasted oils. If the benefits stated above have convinced you, make sure you choose cold-pressed when looking for a Pumpkin Oil.