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10 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Last updated on October 14, 2007

This Halloween, don’t forget to save those pumpkin seeds after you scoop them out. Pumpkin seeds are not only delicious but also provide many benefits. Here are ten health benefits of pumpkin seeds.

Prostate Protection
They promote overall prostate health and alleviate the difficult urination associated with an enlarged prostate.

Improved Bladder Function
In some studies, pumpkin seed extracts improved bladder function in animals.

Depression Treatment
They contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression.

Prevention of Osteoporosis
Because they are high in zinc, pumpkin seeds are a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis.

Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Pumpkin seeds effectively reduce inflammation without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Prevention of Kidney Stones
They prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation, according to studies.

Treatment of Parasites
They are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites. Studies also show them to be effective against acute schistosomiasis, a parasite contracted from snails.

Great Source of Magnesium
1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your daily value of magnesium, a mineral in which most Americans are deficient.

Lower Cholesterol
Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.

Cancer Prevention
The same phytosterols that lower cholesterol also protect against many cancers.

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12 Comments on "10 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds"

3 years 14 days ago

Pumpkin seeds

3 years 7 months ago

Chaga Mushrooms is also a good antioxidant…
Some experts proclaim that Chaga is the best anti-cancer mushroom of all.

Nikole Sumner
5 years 9 months ago

I love all kinds of nuts and seeds, especially pistachio nuts. In California I love Yurosek Farms for their slow roasted and home grown nuts.

5 years 10 months ago

Thanks for share good information. I like your post.

5 years 11 months ago

I too only eat pumpkin seeds around Halloween… I roast theM
with lots of salt and pepper With a hint of garlic powder…. Such a tasy treat to munch on when board!

5 years 11 months ago

The only time I eat pumpkin seeds is when I carve pumpkins for Halloween and roast the seeds. Store-bought are disgusting!!

6 years 2 months ago

I just started to take Pumpkin Seeds, but I will advise as to what I notice it helps me with.

I had taken a antibotic two years ago which destroyed my ligaments and severe pain in my left leg and into my feet; whereby it took me over one year six moths to rid my body of the drug. I became a distributer for a company that produces a several types of machines that take the toxins out of the system. I have been using them religiously.

I am now taking the pumpkin seeds to see if it will take pain out of my hands. I don’t know if the pain is from using the computer or arthritis.

I will send in my update in the next month or so.


6 years 4 months ago

Hi all. Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves.
I am from Burundi and too poorly know English, give true I wrote the following sentence: “Synthroid is a drug that prefixed another effective four letter word – entry filed under – synthroid is a drug.”

Thank you very much ;). Meir.

6 years 5 months ago

how much pumpkin seeds are to be eaten each day

7 years 2 months ago

Thanks for the info!

Laura Oliver
7 years 7 months ago

Does the shell or Husk of the pumpkins seed have any calories?
I have read that the shell or husk is indigestible and that only the kernels have calories?
But then when I go to online calorie counters it appears that the shell or husk does have calories.
Please let me know if this is true.

7 years 11 months ago

I also prefer natural healthy food.. so generally like to buy my fresh food items from NutriSystem, AlmondPlaza, Peapod stores at