Pumpkins and Prostate Health

It’s pumpkin season!  Pumpkins are everywhere as Halloween approaches, and so I can’t help but find today’s inspiration for my post in pumpkins.

In natural health care, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil are synonomous with helping to support prostate health.  The phytonutrients and essential fatty acids that are specific to pumpkin seeds have a profound effect on male hormone balance and prostate tissue health.

Phytonutrients, such as zinc, helps with the keeping the prostate healthy.  The naturally occuring fiber from the pumpkin seeds helps wtih binding any exogenous hormone and moving them out of the body.  Exogenous hormones can cause the prostate to enlarge.  Finally, the essential fatty acids, or good fats, from pumpkin seeds will help contribute to proper hormone formation.  Hormones are all fat based, so men and women need good fats to aid in the healthy and balanced creation of hormones.

For pumpkin seeds, just like flax seed, it good to know that taking the seed will provide more fiber than essential fatty acids.  When looking to get a good dose of the healthy oils from pumpkin seeds, this can be done by taking capsulated pumpkin seed oil or adding liquid pumpkin seed oil to the diet.

Eating pumpkin seeds, adding pumpkin seed oil to the day, eating a nutritious diet and having a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) in men and can ward off prostate cancer.  For more guidance, and natural support for men’s health issues, visit a licensed Naturopathic Doctor.


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