4 Recipes That Incorporate Pumpkin Seeds and Their Amazing Health Benefits

A nip in the air announces a new season, bringing with it deeper, richer and more saturated colors. Fall is a feast for the eyes, ears and mouth with gold, red and orange leaves crunching underfoot and a harvest of colorful fruits and vegetables to match. One of the seasonal foods that has major health benefits is hidden inside the common gourd used for decoration: pumpkin seeds!

Pumpkin seed oil is rich in phytoestrogens. A 12-week study published in the journal Climacteric found that postmenopausal women who received pumpkin seed oil experienced less joint pain, fewer headaches, less severe hot flashes and a significant increase in high-density lipoprotein (good) cholesterol.

A study in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine showed that pumpkin seed oil is effective in treating and preventing urinary disorders such as overactive bladder (OAB). Painful bladder spasms or a burning sensation may occur with OAB.

Researchers at Pusan National University in South Korea conducted a study of 76 male patients with moderate male pattern hair loss. Those who received 400 milligrams of pumpkin seed oil per day for 24 weeks had mean hair count increases of 40 percent. Researchers found the treatment to be safe compared to conventional medical treatments, which could cause adverse effects. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of protein (9 grams per one-quarter cup) and are rich in tryptophan, which can help battle insomnia.

Pumpkin flesh must also be given its due because it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals. Consumption of pumpkin and probiotic yogurt may help treat diabetes, concluded a study in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine. Are you sold on pumpkin seeds yet? You will be once you check out these tasty recipes and mouthwatering photos. Read on for a delicious pesto recipe, energy bar how-to and custard recipe, all incorporating pumpkin seeds!

Lydia Goerner is the Senior Associate Editor for Pain-Free Living.

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