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Pumpkin Seed Oil Benefits

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author image Linda Tarr Kent
Linda Tarr Kent is a reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience at Gannett Company Inc., The McClatchy Company, Sound Publishing Inc., Mach Publishing, MomFit The Movement and other companies. Her area of expertise is health and fitness. She is a Bosu fitness and stand-up paddle surfing instructor. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Washington State University.
Pumpkin Seed Oil Benefits
Pumpkin seeds inside of a pumpkin slice next to a bowl of pepita seeds. Photo Credit tycoon751/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Pumpkin seed, or pepita, oil has several health benefits. A 2008 study published in the journal “Phytotherapy Research” revealed that supplementing with the oil can lower both cholesterol and blood pressure thanks to its phytoestrogens and phytosterols, for example. The oil also is a rich source of omega-6 fatty acids and vitamins E and K.

Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Pumpkin seed oil contains linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty essential fatty acid. The omega-6 fatty acids are crucial for normal growth and development and for brain function, and they help to stimulate hair and skin growth, regulate metabolism, and maintain bone health and the reproductive system, according to the University of Maryland (UM) Medical Center.

Phytosterols

The phytosterols in pumpkin seed oil can help to lower blood cholesterol. Phytosterols work by interfering with cholesterol absorption in the intestines, according to the British Journal of Nutrition.

Vitamin E

The tocopherol in pumpkin seed oil is a powerful antioxidant, also known as vitamin E. This helps the body use vitamin K. It also has a role in the formation of red blood cells, according to the UM Medical Center.

Vitamin K

Pumpkin seed oil is a source of vitamin K. This vitamin can help promote strong bones in elderly people. It’s needed by everyone, reveals the UM Medical Center, because blood would not stick together, or coagulate, without it.

Phytoestrogens

The oil of pumpkin seeds is a rich source of phytoestrogens, a property that helped lower to lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures in rats during a 12-week study on pumpkin seed oil supplementation, according to M. Gossell-Williams, who authored the 2008 study published in “Phytotherapy Research.”

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