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Health and Nutrition

But first a word about the difference between North American pumpkin seeds and Styrian Gold pumpkin seeds…..check it out.

North American Pumpkin seeds VS Styrian Pumpkin Seeds

The main difference, is that the North American pumpkin seeds have a thick, white shell (husk) that once removed you are left with a smaller light green seed VS the Styrian pumpkin seeds that grow without a shell and are larger and dark green.

North American Pumpkins

Styrian Pumpkins

North American Pumpkin seeds

(Remove the shell…..fats dry up (oxidize) and go rancid……..reduced nutrition)
Oil from these seeds is unstable and must be refrigerated.

Styrian Pumpkin Seeds

(No shell….still alive…..healthy fats intact…..superfood….can be sprouted!)
Oil from these seeds is stable and does not need refrigeration.

Health and Nutrition of Styrian Pumpkin Seeds and Oil

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  -Hippocrates 460-377BC

The healing power of pumpkins and pumpkin seeds was discovered centuries ago from Central America, particularly Mexico. The flesh has been commonly used for the treatment of skin irritations, ulcers and tumors.

However, the real power is in the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are amazing little bites of nutrition and disease prevention. Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, they are among the world’s most beneficial superfoods. These seeds are an excellent source of many important nutrients for our bodies which are in short supply in the average western diet.

The dark green colour of Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil is a result of the phytochemicals present in the oil, which are mainly carotenoid or lutein and chlorophyll or porphyrin.

For thousands of years, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil have been used as a natural remedy for irritation of the bladder and kidneys as well as for prostate irregularities. Pumpkin seeds have made the news headlines in recent years for their preventative power in relation to prostate conditions and prostate health.

Here is a short video that gives a quick look at some of the many health benefits of Pumpkin Seeds: CLICK HERE

Healthy Phytonutrients in the Oil

These phytonutrients or phytochemicals or phytoestrogens have shown to help the body control cholesterol levels, heart rate and blood pressure as well as help facilitate healthy hormone balancing.

CLICK HERE to read a 2011 pilot study of the effects of these healthy nutrients in women.

Pumpkin Seed Oil and Urinary Tract Health

For centuries health practitioners have been using pumpkin seed oil as a relief for urinary tract issues – including bladder, kidneys, the whole downstairs plumbing….men and women!

CLICK HERE to read a 2014 study published in the Journal of Traditional & Complementary Medicine on how Pumpkin Seed Oil Improves Urinary Disorder in Human Overactive Bladder.

Of course this can apply to your pets as well!

Pumpkin Seed Oil and Prostate Health

Studies done on Styrian Pumpkin Seeds (Cucurbita pepo var.styriaca also known as var. oleifera) and Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil show that prostate enlargement may be slowed, stopped and even reversed.

CLICK HERE to read the 2007 study, Seeds and oil of the Styrian oil pumpkin: Components and biological activities done by Gilbert O. Fruhwirth and Albin Hermetter from the Institute of Biochemistry, Graz University of Technology, Austria.

CLICK HERE to read a more recent study, Effects of pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto oil in Korean men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia done in 2009 by a group of Korean researchers.

According to the studies above, the active ingredients in Styrian Pumpkin Seeds normalize and strengthen the musculature of the bladder and have a positive and prophylactic effect on benign prostate growths in the first and second stages. Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil, in comparison to the other oils studied, showed the highest antioxidation effect.

If used as a preventative measure early enough or as a supplement to a regular diet, the nutrients in pumpkin seeds and oil could contribute to avoiding urinary tract and prostate issues later in life, especially in men over 40 years old.

CLICK HERE for an in-depth nutrient analysis of pumpkin seeds.

CLICK HERE for a some great general pumpkin seed information but with a focus on the North American pumpkin seeds.

Also there has never been any indication that eating pumpkin seeds or pumpkin seed oil, even in higher doses, has any negative side effects. Neither does it produce any complications when taken in combination with other foods or medicine.

Many studies have shown that people affected with prostate hyperplasia report marked improvement when they include pumpkins seeds and oil in their diets.

Pumpkin Seeds are Alkaline-Forming

Our bodies naturally try to keep us as neutral as possible by balancing pH levels. Health professionals are well aware that a high level of acidity in the body makes us much more prone to disease. Many of the foods we eat today are acidic. It is becoming increasingly important to eat foods that help to counter effect this imbalance. Pumpkin seeds are becoming an important food to add to our diets because they are one of the highest alkaline-forming foods for our bodies.

CLICK HERE for a list of alkaline foods.

Pumpkin Seeds are Powerful Antioxidants

Studies also show that Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil in comparison to other unrefined vegetable oils, has the highest protective effect against “free radicals, which are aggressive molecules that cause harm to the body.

Pumpkin Seeds contain biologically valuable fatty acids, including:

  • Omega 3 (polyunsaturated fatty acid)
  • Omega 6 (unsaturated fatty acid)

Pumpkin Seeds – High in Tryptophan

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that the body needs in order to synthesize proteins. Our bodies cannot make it so we have to get it from the foods we eat. It is converted into serotonin and niacin, which are known to help brain function, including getting a restful sleep. Pumpkin Seeds are ranked among the best plant-based foods to contain tryptophan. Just 1 ounce (28 grams) of pumpkin seeds or 1 table spoon (15 ml) of the oil contains 160 mg of Tryptophan. That’s 58% of the recommended daily intake.

CLICK HERE for more info and a list of foods high in Tryptophan.

CLICK HERE for more info and a list of VEGAN foods high in Tryptophan

When it comes to mental health and sleep, tryptophan really is a miracle substance having numerous benefits, including relief from:

  • Depression, Anxiety, Irritability, Stress, Behavioral problems, Premenstrual syndrome, Binge eating and carb cravings (thus helping weight loss)

Pumpkin Seed Oil for Pets

Dogs, cats, horses, all domesticated mammals and even humans…..we are all made of the same stuff and therefor need the same nutrients for healthy body.  Raw pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil are valued for many kinds of pets as:

  • An excellent source of antioxidants, phyto-nutrients, protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, folic acid, and Vitamin A.
  • Immune system support for all mammals.
  • An anti-parasite treatment (natural de-wormer) for intestinal parasites like tapeworm. Cucurbitin, one of the active components in the oil, works by paralyzing the parasites, which allows them to be eliminated naturally.
  • An elixir for the digestive system that supports healthy digestion and soothes the digestive tract.
  • An ulcer treatment in horses.
  • A treatment for constipation.

Just a daily tea spoon in your small dog’s or cat’s dish….or a table spoon for larger animals can go a long way to keeping your valued family member fit and healthy. For articles and more info CLICK HERE  or HERE  or  HERE

Vitamin Profile for Styrian Pumpkin Seeds

VITAMIN A
  • 2% of Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) in 100 grams of seeds
  • aids normal bone and tooth development
  • aids in the development and maintenance of night vision
  • aids in maintaining the health of the skin and membranes
  • helps build strong bones and teeth
  • supports night vision
  • supports healthy skin
THIAMINE (VITAMIN B1)
  • 23% of RDA / 100 g of seeds
  • releases energy from carbohydrate
  • aids normal growth
RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2)
  • 12% of RDA
  • is a factor in energy metabolism and tissue formation
NIACIN (VITAMIN B3)
  • 31% of RDA
  • aids in normal growth and development
  • is a factor in energy metabolism and tissue formation
PANTOTHENIC ACID (VITAMIN B5)
  • 15% of RDA
  • is a factor in energy metabolism and tissue formation
PYRIDOXINE (VITAMIN B6)
  • 11% of RDA
  • is a factor in energy metabolism and tissue formation
FOLATE (VITAMIN B9)
  • 15% of RDA
  • aids in red blood cell formation
  • is a factor in normal early fetal development3
  • is a factor in the normal early development of the fetal brain and
  • spinal cord3
VITAMIN C
  • 3% of RDA
  • is a factor in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums
  • is a dietary antioxidant that helps to reduce free radicals and lipid
  • oxidation in body tissues and significantly decreases the adverse
  • effects of free radicals on normal physiological functions
  • helps build teeth, bones, cartilage and gums
ALPHA & GAMMA TOCOPHEROL (VITAMIN E) 
  • a whopping 237% of RDA
  • is a dietary antioxidant that protects the fat in body tissues from oxidation
VITAMIN K
  • 9% of RDA
  • allows blood to clot normally
  • helps protect bones from fracture
  • helps prevent post-menopausal bone loss
  • helps prevent calcification of arteries
  • helps maintain liver and prostate health

Mineral Profile for Styrian Pumpkin seeds

CALCIUM
  • aids in the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth
COPPER
  • helps the body utilize iron
  • is a factor in reducing tissue damage caused by free radicals
  • helps maintain the health of bones and connective tissues
  • helps the body produce a pigment called melanin
  • is a factor in maintaining the normal function of the thyroid gland
  • is a factor in preserving the myelin sheath that surrounds and protects the nerves
IODINE
  • is a factor in the normal function of the thyroid gland
IRON
  • is a factor in red blood cell formation
  • helps build red blood cells
MAGNESIUM
  • is a factor in energy metabolism, tissue formation and bone development
MANGANESE
  • helps the body utilize several key nutrients such as biotin, thiamin, ascorbic acid, and choline
  • is a factor in keeping bones strong and healthy
  • helps the body synthesize fatty acids and cholesterol
  • is a factor in maintaining normal blood sugar levels
  • is a factor in promoting optimal function of the thyroid gland
  • is a factor in maintaining nerve health
  • is a factor in protecting the cells from free-radical damage
PHOSPHORUS
  • is a factor in the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth
POTASSIUM
  • helps muscles and nerves function properly
  • is a factor in maintaining the proper electrolyte and acid-base
  • balance in the body
SELENIUM
  • is a dietary antioxidant involved in the formation of a protein that defends against oxidative stress
  • helps protect against oxidative stress
ZINC
  • is a factor in energy metabolism and tissue formation

Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil P.G.I. scores high with its combination of antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids and phytochemicals. It is also naturally cholesterol and gluten free and Certified Non-GMO (genetically modified organism)

 

Use of information contained on this website

This information has been carefully compiled from relevant research. However, it in no way is meant to serve as a substitute for responsible medical diagnosis, treatment and therapy. All recommendations made here cannot be guaranteed, and Styrian Gold Inc. is not responsible for complications that might result from treatments made based on the information provided here. You should always seek advice from a trusted and certified health practitioner.

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For additional information about Pumpkin Seeds and Oil, please refer to the following articles and studies:

The Remarkable Healing Properties of Pumpkin Seed

Dr Mercola – 30/9/13 – 9 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Super Food Profies – The Many Health Benefits of PSO

8 Healthy Reasons to Eat Pumpkin Seeds Everyday – from healthyandnaturalworld.com

Oil Pumpkins: Niche for Organic Producers

Pumpkin Seeds & their Oil: Fuelling the Styrian’s Engine

Pumpkin seed oil & Prostate – Healthy Oil Planet.com

Health Benefits – Healthy Oil Planet.com

Pumpkin Seed Oil Benefits – Health and Energy Foods

Effects of pumpkin seed oil ….on symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia

Pumpkin Seed Oil side effects and benefits – zhion.com

Dr Oz Recap 4/18/2013

PSO found to help Reverse Balding – Epoch Time

Pumpkin Seeds for Ultimate Bladder Control – Epoch Times

7 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil from healthdiaries.com

10 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds from healthdiaries.com

Benefits of Pumpkin seed oil on skin and hair from dnaindia.com

VIDEO –  Pumpkin Seed Oil Benefits for Hair and Skin from Agnistoka

Top 10 reasons to gorge on pumpkin seeds from thehealthsite.com

VIDEO – Why You Should Add Pumpkin Seeds To Your Diet from Natural Cures

Health Benefits of PSO from oilhealthbenefits.com including 5 pages of benefits.

BT.com’s Health benefits of pumpkins:7 reasons to tuck into the Halloween favourite!

From The Alternative Daily: 11 Reasons To Eat More Pumpkin Seeds And How To Do It

From Doctors Health Press: Pumpkin-seed-oil-facts-benefits-and-recipes