Pumpkin Seed


Pumpkin Seed Oil (Cucurbita Pepo)

 Virgin (Unrefined)  Pumpkin Seed Oil is is cold-pressed from Cucurbita Pepo seeds, with an appearance that is darker in color than a refined material and carries a characteristic odor and taste.

It appears that the biggest skin benefits of pumpkin seed oil are that it possesses very high levels of the natural antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Pumpkin seed oil is especially high in the gamma-tocopherol form of Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant, that improves wound healing, reduces the appearance of stretch marks on skin, minimizes the impact of psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea.

The antioxidants in Pumpkin Seed Oil protect cell structure and health by neutralizing "free radicals", which are unstable molecules generated from sources like radiation, air pollution, and peroxides, thus diminishing wound scarring, wrinkles and fine lines, helping the skin retain its normal structure.

The four fatty acids which comprise 98% of Pumpkin Seed Oil are palmitic, stearic, linoleic, and oleic acids.

Palmitic acid in Pumpkin Seed Oil works to promote skin cell regeneration and help retain its protective barrier.

Stearic acid in Pumpkin Seed Oil acts primarily as a lubricant. It allows the skin to retain the proper moisture balance vital for good health (and good looks).

Linoleic acid in Pumpkin Seed Oil is an essential fatty acid, which means our bodies don't manufacture it, and so we must ingest it in our diets. Linoleic acid is one step for the manufacture of prostaglandins, which decrease inflammation in the body. Linoleic acid helps maintain smooth skin, and will help repair flaky, itchy, or rough skin.

Oleic acid in Pumplin Seed Oil is the final fatty acid found in pumpkin seed oil. It works to replenish and maintain skin's moisture and lubrication. It is an Omega 9 acid and has similar health benefits as the more well-known Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids.

Pumpkin Seed Oil has significant benefits for skin health and skin care. With powerful antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, it appears that adding pumpkin seed oil to your skin care regimen will help you retain moisture, maintain normal cell structure, and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.

History of Pumpkin Seeds

■Pumpkin seeds were discovered by archaeologists in caves in Mexico that date back to 7,000 B.C.
■North American tribes were the very first to observe the particular miracle in pumpkin seeds. Pumpkins and their seeds were an important Native American Indian food used for their dietary and medicinal properties.
■Pumpkin seeds are called pepitas in Mexico and they are a trademark of Mexican cuisine.
■Pumpkin seeds were very popular in ancient Greece.
■The nutrition in pumpkin seeds improves with age; they are among the   few foods that increase in nutritive value as they decompose. According   to tests made at the Massachusetts Experimental Station, squash and   pumpkin seeds stored for more than five months show a marked increase in   protein content.
■Pumpkin seeds are high in calories, about 559 calories per 100 g.

Nutritional Facts & Health Benefits

Pumpkin seeds:

■Are filled with lots of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper.
■Contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
■Contain L-tryptophan, which helps with good sleep and lowering   depression. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin   is also very helpful in helping us to have a good night’s sleep.
■Are high in zinc, making them a natural protector against   osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of   osteoporosis. In a study of almost 400 men (age from 45-92) published in   the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition they found a   correlation between low dietary intake of zinc, low blood levels of the   trace mineral and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.
■Are a good source vitamin E; they contain about 35.10 mg of tocopherol per 100 g.
■Are the most alkaline-forming seed.
■Are an excellent source of vitamin B group (thiamin, riboflavin,   niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates).
■Contain good quality protein. 100 g seeds provide 30 g.
■According to studies, pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation.
■Reduce inflammation for arthritis without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
■Are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites.
■Are good for prostate health! The oil in pumpkin seeds alleviates difficult urination that happens with an enlarged prostate.

Disclaimer: The information presented herein  is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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