Pumpkin seeds, better yet, pumpkin seed oil, may not be as entirely famous as coconut oil—yet—but it’s about to have its breakout moment. No puns here intended. (Weak joke).
Anyway, here’s why:
Starting with the root of it all, pumpkin seeds can provide more than just beauty benefits. In fact, there are some major health benefits to consider. For one, in just a handful of pumpkin seeds, you can get the right amount of magnesium, zinc, and healthy fats necessary. This all leads to a healthy heart, prostate and even protection against various cancer cells.
But there’s more, if you incorporate pumpkin seeds into your diet, you can experience some of the following:
The right amount of omega3 fatty acids that are present in the pumpkin seeds together with other micronutrients makes it not only the best clay mask but also improves the texture of the hair that was once dry and brittle. Another factor that increases the production of hair proteins is Zinc. This is abundantly found in pumpkin seeds.
Men with baldness are said to grow their hair growth by about 40% by the use of pumpkin seed oil in twenty-four weeks of treatment. This happens because the seeds have got active molecules that inhibit the enzymes that breakdown hair protein and cause the hair to fall. Hence, the use of pumpkin seeds helps in promotion in the growth of excellent and appealing hair.
The seeds possess some active phytochemicals that are used to manage diabetes. These phytochemicals include the flavonoids and saponins that effectively control the level of blood glucose. They aid in the prevention of the insulin-producing pancreatic cells from inflammation.
In animal studies, it shows that a diet rich in pumpkin seeds and flax enhances the enzymatic activity for oxidation. These enzymes rapidly curb the free radicals and thus reducing the effect on kidneys and pancreas in concern to diabetes. Apart from the seeds, pulp and the pumpkin leaves have also been recognized to have the anti-diabetic properties. The fruit has got complex carbohydrates, which may aid in the regulation of the sugar levels.
Possesses Anti-cancer Properties
In folk medicine, pumpkin seed extracts were used to treat kidney, bladder, and prostate disorders for a while. They possess active molecules that prevent the faster growth of cancer cells. Studies show that about 40 to 50 percent of growth inhibition in prostate, colon, and breast cancer cells. This is due to the presence of phytoestrogens in pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin seeds have minerals such as zinc, which aid in the prevention of prostate cancer. The prostate gland is said to store minerals, like zinc, which prevents issues like prostate enlargement promoted by testosterone imbalance. Because these seeds contain reasonable amounts of zinc, prostate enlargement is shown to be inhibited by the use of the seeds.
Nourishes and Repairs Skin
The pumpkin seeds can be used as the best clay mask. The pumpkins have got the carotenoids, which are the bright orange pigment-producing molecules that have the anti-aging effect. Carotenoids get rid of the free radicals that cause premature aging of the skin, and Vitamins A and C found in the seeds increase the production of collagen, which helps in healing wounds and keeps your skin young and free from wrinkles. The oil has got components like omega3 fatty acids and ß-carotene that are potent anti-inflammatory agents. The use of pumpkin seed oil can treat blisters, acne, and chronic skin inflammation. Besides, it prevents fungal and bacterial infections when used as a lotion, scrub, or when massaged on the body.
Romana Hai started blogging full-time in 2013 . Fashion Ambitions is more than a blog and more-or-less acts as a portfolio containing brands/collaborations and achievements. Although Romana was born and raised in New York, she currently resides in the Financial District of Boston, MA. Romana attended Penn State University and graduated in 2010 with two degrees: Economics from the Smeal College of Business and Telecommunications from the College of Communications. You can reach Romana at email@example.com.