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Other Names:  PepitasPumpkin seeds

Additional Info: Pumpkin’s most valuable elements are included in its part which is most commonly disregarded as waste, namely pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are rich in medicinal and nutritive components, due to which reason they are applied in therapeutic purposes across the globe. The most valuable ones have yellowish husk.

Active Components: Pumpkin seeds are very rich in proteins. They energize the organism and feed the digestive system. Moreover, the seeds contain high quantities of minerals, oil, fiber, vitamin E, vitamins B, and iron.

The seeds are also rich in zinc, which is highly valued when it comes to prostate enlargement and healing wounds. Other active components include thiamin, riboflavin, folic acid, niacin, potassium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, and magnesium. Additionally, some traces of antioxidants unsaturated oil, and pantothenic acid are found.

Seeds roasted plain are less nutritive and energizing than if they are roasted in oil. Pumpkin seeds are stated to produce a diuretic effect and can be applied to relieve prostate enlargement and urinary infections. Additionally, people have used them to boost sexual libido.

History: Pumpkin seeds were discovered as medical remedy for a range of conditions by Ayurvedic herbalists in the XVII century. Since then they have been applied for treating a variety of diseases, including the gastro-intestinal ones, involving the bowels or the stomach.

Nutty-tasting, nutritive and delicious pumpkin seeds produce a diuretic action, relaxing the irritated tissues, expelling worms, and reducing pains. It is largely used for roundworms and tapeworms. Pumpkin husks and seeds can induce additional lactation and eliminate swellings in feet and hands after childbirth.

Used For: Pumpkin seeds are also applied to relieve gout.

The plant is commonly combined with Semen Arecae Catechu in order to eliminate tapeworms from the bowels. Commonly, a person whose weight is no more than 150 pounds, takes from 2 to 4 ounces of pumpkin seed powder and aids it with water. In a period of two hours, 2 to 4 ounces of Catechu is made into tea and drunk at a time, later followed by glauber’s salt (a laxative remedy, which is also called Mirabilitum).

To eliminate bowel worms from the intestinal tract, a popular conventional remedy is applied. It involves mixing three tablespoons of liquefied pumpkin seeds, preliminarily soaked for three hours, half an onion, half a cup of soy milk and a teaspoon of honey. The combination should be taken thrice per day, for a period of three days.

Pumpkin seeds are applied in medical purposes across the globe. Their treating capacity has been discovered by many people.

At the time when first colonists came to America, they came to conclusion that Indians use pumpkin in their daily life. Really, Indians used the plant in medical purposes and for cooking. To heal sores and wounds, Yuma tribe residents took an emulsion, produced from watermelon and pumpkin seeds. Catawba residents consumed dried or fresh pumpkin seeds as a remedy for kidney conditions, particularly to ease urination. Conventional herbalists applied ground pumpkin stems as tea to relieve female reproductive problems, and mature seeds were applied as a medicine to eliminate helminthes. Contemporary herbalists prescribe pumpkin seeds to expel bowel helminthes, and also state they are beneficial for treating wounds and bums.

German residents have pointed out that hulled, unprocessed pumpkin seeds are rich in the elements which trigger sexual hormone secretion. The seeds are rich in vitamin B, vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Thus, consuming some pumpkin seeds per day may relieve erectile dysfunction.

Mountainous area residents in Bulgaria, Transylvanians, Ukrainians, Anatolian Turks, and Hungarian Gypsies consume pumpkin seeds as common food. While used with the target to eliminate prostate enlargement (perhaps, for the reason of its zinc concentration), pumpkin seeds were also discovered to impede erectile dysfunction.

In a research conducted by Vienna University employees it has been revealed that prostate swelling or enlargement is a rare occasion among the residents of Transylvania. Advanced studies by Szekler group, which worked in the Transylvanian Alps, have revealed that this tendency takes its origin in a great value Transylvanian residents appoint to the pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are very rich in magnesium, which, according to French specialists, is a core active element, responsible for treating prostate enlargement. The seeds are characterized by high zinc content as well.

Chinese people tout pumpkin as a symbol of fruitfulness and prosperity, though originally pumpkins were met in India. Both Indian and Chinese residents make a snack out of pumpkin seeds by aiding them with some salt. Such lunch has also gained success and value in other countries, like the USA. Pumpkin seeds are nutritive, due to the high content of minerals, including zinc.

Ethiopian residents use pumpkin seeds (rich in fiber) to treat constipation.

According to researches conducted by the Polish specialists, orange pumpkins have traces of substances, which may prevent the possibility of cancer. Yellow and orange fruits are known to include beta carotene, which is characterized by anti-cancer properties.

Vitamin A and zinc are highly valuable when it comes to skin care. Zinc triggers vitamin A release to the blood flow.

To eliminate acne, zinc is taken at a dose of 25 to 50 mg per day, which is equal to a handful of pumpkin seeds, boasting its high concentration.

Pumpkin seeds are quite easy to store. They should be kept in a dry and cool place, safe from rodents and insects. They may also be frozen. Ground and pounded seeds may be kept in the fridge to make them fresh.

Preparation and Intake: The seeds should be carefully taken out of pumpkin together with the filaments. Then clean the seeds from the filaments and wipe them dry using a towel. Seeds should not be rinsed.

Distribute the seeds over a cookie sheet and let them stand for a couple of days at room temperature, not less than a night.

Put the seeds to the oven and bake them at a temperature 350 degrees till they turn golden. Aid them with some oil or salt, if necessary.

Take the seeds out of the oven and the cookie sheet.

To prevent them from moulding cool and dry the seeds before keeping them in a hermetic volume.

Safety: The suggested dose should not be increase, as the pumpkin seeds may affect liver activity if used in large doses.