Pumpkins and the seeds within the pumpkin have oils which are ideal for dry and sensitive skin. (Sandra Klein Half Moon Bay, CA (PRWEB) April 09, 2013) Pumpkin is excellent for use on all skin types, but especially if your skin is damaged from environmental conditions such as overexposure to the sun. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which soothes and softens your skin, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help to remedy damage produced by free radicals, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Skin care products containing pumpkin such as exfoliators and moisturizers can be used on all skin types to help remove old surface skin cells and promote new cell production. (Info from Livestrong)
In a study cited by the New York Times, esearchers at the Chicago foundation asked men attached to a plethysmograph, a device measuring changes in volume in various parts of the body, to sniff 30 odors. All of the smells aroused them, with the combination of lavender and pumpkin pie having the greatest effect (increasing blood flow 40 percent). Research also shows many benefits for sexual organs, specifically prostate health, perhaps there are deeper evolutionary drivers for the pumpkin preference. A 2006 study published in “Urologia Internationalis” showed that pumpkin seeds contain compounds called phytosterols, which may be responsible for shrinking the prostate and preventing transformation of testosterone into DHT. (3) Pumpkin seeds also contain antioxidants called carotenoids; men who consume more carotenoids in their diet have a lowered risk for BPH. Finally, pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, another important nutrient for mens’ sexual health.
Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil is high in the sleep-enhancing amino acid tryptophan that converts to serotonin in your body and helps ensure a good night’s sleep. (1) They’re also high in the heart-healing mineral magnesium, which has been shown to support relaxation and also help with restless leg syndrome.
Weight-management Pumpkin seeds offer high levels of easily-digestible protein helps stabilize blood sugar when eaten as a snack throughout the day. Stable blood sugar means weight loss if you’re trying to lose.
Topical Benefits Pumpkin seed oil is used in aromatherapy massage not only for its pleasing scent, but its skin rejuvenating qualities via high levels of essential fatty acids easily absorbed by the skin plus an assortment of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and plant sterols, which aid in balancing cholesterol in the body. As an added bonus, pumpkin seeds also contain anti-inflammatory properties that may slow the progression of arthritis. (4)