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Did you know that pumpkin oil packed with healthy fats such as linoleic acid which is an essential fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties? Roasting pumpkins seeds destroys much of the nutrition inside. They might still be a good source of fiber and vitamins, but the roasting changes them to a fairly healthy snack instead of a healthy food.
The oil in pumpkin seeds can help reduce your risk of heart disease. The oil is high in phytosterols which researchers believe will help reduce the LDL cholesterol. Studies have found that pumpkin oil with these phytosterols lowers LDL absorption when taken with a meal containing cholesterol.
If you are suffering from insomnia and hot flashes brought on by menopause, pumpkin oil may be what you need. Research has found that postmenopausal women have found relief with pumpkin seed oil because of the natural phytoestrogens in the oil. They can help provide relief from the various symptoms like headaches, hot flashes and joint pain as well as lower your blood pressure.
If you suffer from male pattern baldness because of high levels of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), pumpkin oil may help to slow down the progression. Beta-sitosterol is a phytochemical that clocks the conversion of testosterone into DHT. If that is not enough, the pumpkin oil has delta-7-sterol which blocks DHT in a completely different way. Research is being done and there has been some evidence that pumpkin oil will be effective to slow down male pattern baldness.
Recent research has found that combing pumpkin seed oil with palmetto oil could be an effective therapy for benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH). This is a fairly common condition where the prostate enlarges. BPH block the flow of urine and is extremely painful. A study done in Korea found that pumpkin oil along with palmetto oil helped to improve symptoms and aided with a better urinary flow.
Pumpkin seed oil boasts fatty acids that have anti-oxidant properties. Researchers have discovered that when applied topically, the oil can reduce skin inflammation and help to stimulate the growth of new cells. Pumpkin oil can help to defend against infections and oxidative stress in skin cells. A recent study found that pumpkin oil can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes caused by age. Another added benefit of pumpkin oil, it is rich in vitamin E which is known to be great for skin appearance and texture.