Before you discard the insides of the pumpkin you are about to carve think again. Those little seeds contain an abundance of compounds that are so beneficial for all, but most of all men. Pumpkin seed oil has been used in the treatment of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy/Hyperplasia). Or, to put it simply, enlarged prostate which can impede the normal flow of urine.
Research has found that the oils in the seeds contain a compound that has a diuretic effect thus alleviating the pressure on the urethra and the prostate. And the oil also has an enzyme inhibitor reducing overactive production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone). While DHT is a normal function of protein and enzyme conversion, too much can cause BPH. Pumpkin seeds are also full of Zinc. Zinc, again, inhibits the overproduction of DHT. But, more importantly Zinc has been shown to increase sperm count and motility while reducing the amount of estrogen and prolactin in the prostate, both of which can lead to enlargement.
This time of year is ripe for the pumpkin picking and for the men to enjoy just a little extra benefit from one of Fall’s most nourishing food.
How to consume pumpkin seed benefits:
- Buy the oil either in capsule form or straight. Straight pumpkin seed oil is spendy but considered a nutritional food supplement- not for cooking. And, I always prefer not to take a bunch of capsules. Omega Nutrition Pumpkin Seed Oil, 12 Ounce
- Buy raw bulk seeds- you can eat them raw but I prefer lightly toasting them.
- Pumpkin seed butter- again spendy, but very delicious with apples.
- DIY- Buy a pumpkin and remove the seeds from the insides by running them under water in a strainer and shaking them off. Then, lay the seeds on clean dish towels to dry (they will stick to paper towels). After they dry for about a day simply roast them lightly in the oven with some sea salt (I sprinkle some cinnamon and cayenne pepper)
If you suffer from BPH it is important to take an overall look at your diet and lifestyle. There are foods (such as pumpkin seeds), herbs and supportive healing techniques that can get you back on track to health. Maya Abdominal massage, that addresses the prostate area, and acupuncture can both alleviate swelling and help tissues receive the nourishment they need.