L'pumpkin seed oilhas many characteristics in common with cheaper vegetable oils such as peanut or soybean oils, in fact thepumpkin seed oil it is not popular for its nutritional properties, but for the beneficial effects found in the phytotherapeutic field.
The phytotherapeutic properties ofpumpkin seed oilare attributable to those of the raw material itself: i pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are able to perform an anti-inflammatory function, regulate the body's pH, prevent cystitis in women and prostate enlargement in men. All these qualities of pumpkin seeds are transmitted to the oil and that is why pumpkin seed oil is very popular with lovers of natural remedies and homeopathy.
In phytotherapy, thepumpkin seed oil, as well as pumpkin seeds themselves, are popular for the treatment of the prostate and for hypercholesterolemia. From a nutritional point of view, thepumpkin seed oil has a low percentage of saturated fatty acids (precisely those that perform a cholesterol-producing action);
supporters of homeopathy and treatments based on natural substances say that thepumpkin seed oilit can represent a valid natural alternative (or perform an adjuvant action) to the drug treatments undertaken for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, symptoms of prostatic hypertrophy and disorders related to menopause. In any case it is always essential to consult a doctor.
Pumpkin seed oil and prostate
To treat prostate problems, phytotherapy uses medicinal herbs that can perform an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and rebalancing action on the male hormonal system. The seeds of pumpkin seem to be indicated for the treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy because they contain high levels of betasterols, lipophilic substances structurally similar to human androgens and estrogens.
These substances have been shown to be useful for lowering cholesterol levels and improving the symptoms of prostatic hypertrophy.
It would seem that, thanks to the substances contained in the seeds and pumpkin seed oil, a dual action would be carried out to protect the prostate; on the one hand, the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone would be inhibited and, on the other, the link between androgen receptors and dihydrotestosterone itself would be impeded. Dihydrotestosterone is a hormone derived from testosterone by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, responsible (among other things) for the hyperproliferation of prostate cells (prostate enlargement).
Benign prostatic hypertrophy causes the progressive enlargement of the prostate,and pumpkin seed oil would seem to mitigate, prevent or even reverse this effect.
For further information, please refer to the articlePumpkin seed oil, between nutrition and phytotherapy.