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Pumpkin seeds helpful for prostate enlargement
Pumpkin seeds are in the Orient what chips are in this country - a snack. In Germany, their nutty taste refines rolls, in Austria they are used to produce Styrian pumpkin seed oil. Still, most people throw them away when they make their pumpkin soup. This will land a nutrient bomb in the trash.
- Pumpkin seeds are food as well as remedies.
- Pumpkin seeds contain vitamins A, B and E, polyunsaturated fats, minerals and trace elements such as selenium.
- The vitamin E in the seeds regenerates the skin.
- Pumpkin seeds are thought to have a positive effect on hair growth and can help with prostate diseases.
- Pumpkin seeds can be consumed pure, roasted, but also concentrated as oil.
Pumpkin seeds - ingredients and energy
Pumpkin seeds contain rough amounts of B vitamins, plus a lot of vitamin E. There are also proteins, minerals, trace elements, unsaturated fats and fiber. The calorie content is heavy at 560 per 100 grams, so they are not suitable for losing weight.
Against hair loss
Hair loss in men can be due to an excess of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This male sex hormone controls the development of the male's secondary sexual characteristics and the maturation of sperm. When there is an excess of hormones, the DHT accumulates on the hair follicles of the scalp and shortens the time in which the hair grows. Your hair will fall out over time.
DHT arises from testosterone and only a few substances can contain this conversion. Two of them are contained in pumpkin seeds. First, it is delta-7-sterol, which also occupies the hair follicles. Once it has occupied the binding sites, DHT can no longer occupy the receptor. Second, it is beta-sitosterol, which prevents the formation of DHT from testosterone.
If you eat a lot of pumpkin seeds, you prevent that there is too much DHT in the body. Hair loss could thus be prevented. Scientific studies on this are still pending.
For the prostate
DHT probably also plays a role in a benign enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, BPH). This occurs primarily in older men. If the prostate is far larger than normal, it presses on the bladder outlet and urethra and blocks the urinary outflow from the bladder. These men experience great pain when urinating and urine comes in drops. Pumpkin seeds therefore counteract an enlargement of the prostate. Here too, however, the following applies: there are (yet) no valid studies.
A medicine for arthritis is indomethacin, which inhibits inflammation. Pumpkin seeds contain similar complexes, even more concentrated in the case of pumpkin seed oil.
Kidney stones consist of minerals that the body cannot use. This includes calcium. If this is contained in the urine in too high a concentration, it crystallizes and the “stones” are formed. As urinary stones, they then block the ureters, cause immense pain and slow down the flow of urine.
Pumpkin seeds have a high magnesium content, which can balance the calcium level. Studies have shown that pumpkin seeds help to reduce the formation of calcium oxalate crystals and can therefore partially prevent kidney stones.
Pumpkin seeds contain vitamin E, which helps build keratin, zinc, which slows down sebum production, and unsaturated fatty acids - all substances that regenerate the skin. Pumpkin seed oil is not only suitable for skin cosmetics, but also as a remedy for many skin problems, for example skin inflammation and acne.
Roast the pumpkin seeds yourself
You can buy roasted pumpkin seeds in oriental shops - in Iran, Turkey or Azerbaijan there is always a bowl of it to nibble on the table. They can also be found in health food stores or health food stores, as well as in many supermarkets. You can also simply make them yourself instead of throwing the pumpkin "innards" into the organic waste bin:
- First, free the kernels of the pulp that sticks to them.
- Then wash off the last fibers in a sieve and finally clean the seeds with a vegetable brush. The easiest way to do this is to soak the seeds in water for a few hours.
- Then lay the kernels in a warm place on a kitchen towel to dry for about a day.
- Then add about two teaspoons of olive oil and the spices of your choice (for example pepper, chilli, powder from gratinated onions, cinnamon) to the seeds and mix well in a bowl.
- Put enough olive oil in a pan to cover the bottom, add a tablespoon of salt and put the pumpkin seeds in it.
- Heat the pan with the lid on the hot stove. If the shells burst, remove the seeds. Keep a close eye on the seeds because they burn quickly.
Pumpkin seeds prepared in this way will last for several months without air supply.
Alternatively, you can roast the kernels in a baking sheet lined with baking paper, ten minutes at 160 ° C, after five minutes, turn them over once. You can eat the bowl, but it tastes woody. In the Orient it has become an art to crack the shells with your teeth and pull out the core.
Pumpkin seed oil
Pumpkin seed oil is made from roasted seeds and is very valuable because it contains the active ingredients of the seeds in high concentrations. It is an excellent oil for salads that can be used in cold or hot dishes. However, it is not suitable for roasting. The oil is green to reddish brown. It tastes nutty with a mild flavor and has a very intense taste of its own.
Pumpkin seed oil as a remedy
Pumpkin seed oil contains a high concentration of the selenium and vitamin E present in the seeds. It has an antioxidant effect and slows down free radicals. Linoleic acid and phytosterols in the oil lower the level of cholesterol in the blood. Because the oil inhibits inflammation, doctors use it against rheumatoid arthritis. The polyunsaturated fatty acids expand the blood vessels and lower blood pressure, thus helping against cardiac and circulatory weakness.
In folk medicine, pumpkin seed oil plays a role in the treatment of the following diseases:
- Hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis),
- Prostate ailments,
- Discomfort when urinating,
- Irritable bladder,
- Muscle cramps,
- Kidney diseases
- and worm infestation.
The high proportion of vitamin E, vitamin A and carotenoids ensures that pumpkin seed oil is sought after for the manufacture of skin care products. Creams with pumpkin seeds as carrier oil help against dry skin and wrinkles, thus slowing down the aging processes of the skin.
The Styrian oil pumpkin
There is a special type of pumpkin in Styria, the Styrian oil pumpkin. This does not have a woody seed coat, so the oil can be squeezed out of it very well. The Styrian farmers used thick-skinned pumpkins until the 18th century, when they specifically cultivated the thin skin. The variety is now common in Styria, Burgenland, Hungary and Slovenia. The pumpkins weigh up to ten kilograms and need sandy loam soils as well as specific heat and moisture.
In autumn, up to 1000 seeds are extracted from a pumpkin, this work is called pumpkin cleaning and is usually done in the field. The inner pulp with the seeds is torn out of the halved pumpkin. The pumpkin itself is not used, the peel, meat, leaves and shoots remain in the field and are later plowed in with the tractor - they serve as fertilizer.
The washed seeds dry at 50 degrees, later they are ground. The producers mix the pumpkin seed flour with salt and water and roast it until the water has evaporated. They constantly stir the dough. The finished porridge is pressed by the oil beater hitting the dough with a wooden wedge. Freshly pressed, the oil rests for a few days until the suspended matter has settled. It stays in a cool and dark pantry for nine months or more. One liter of oil contains the seeds of 35 medium-sized pumpkins. That is why it is very expensive.
Pumpkin seed oil culinary
Pumpkin seed oil has a taste that is as mild as it is extraordinary. It enriches soups, salads, egg dishes, dishes with beef or jellied meat. Ice cream parlors use it as a flavor carrier in ice cream. It's worth experimenting! (Dr. Utz Anhalt)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Dr. phil. Utz Anhalt, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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