As of now, there is the high quality and precious pumpkin seed oil from Styria in Austria in small 10 ml drops. Since after opening larger bottles the durability of the sensitive oil is limited, the idea to fill the popular seed oil in a smaller package to get the full flavor in every drop was born.
This amount of “green gold of Styria”, as it is also popularly called, is enough for one serving of salad or an appetizer. A recipe suggestion, made by our partners of Kitchen Hunters.
PGI pumpkin seed oil is a vegetable oil made from the roasted seeds of the Styrian oil pumpkin. It is ideal for all cold and hot starters, main courses and desserts, as well as a salad oil. In addition, Styrian pumpkin seed oil is used more often in natural medicine, due to its high levels of vitamin E, Selenin, linoleic acid and phytosterol.
Cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil has a greenish tint. The smell of pumpkin seed oil is described as intense nutty, roasty and mildly spicy. In taste it is wonderfully nutty and highly aromatic with a distinctive touch.
This unique natural product whisked away every palate on a culinary journey into the green heart of Austria – Styria.
The Top 6 Pumpkin Seed Oil Benefits
Pumpkin Seed Oil and BPH
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition that affects many men around the world, particularly
men over 50. BPH is believed to be due to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) promoting proliferation of prostate cells. This results in an enlargement of the prostate gland and can lead to problems and discomfort when urinating.
The phytosterol beta-sitosterol is found in significant concentrations in pumpkin seed oil and helps block the damaging effects of DHT by inhibiting its conversion from testosterone. Pumpkin seed oil also contains the mild steroid delta-7-sterine that specifically competes with DHT in the prostate and seems to help prevent prostate cell multiplication.
Alongside these two DHT blockers, pumpkin seed oil has high levels of antioxidant carotenoids, omega 9 fatty acids and zinc, all of which may help reduce a man’s risk of developing BPH.
Both an enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness are believed to result, at least in large part, from an overproduction of DHT. The same beta-sitosterol, delta-7-sterine and perhaps yet unidentified compounds in pumpkin seed oil that reduces DHT’s effect on the prostate cells, may also help prevent it having a negative effect on your hair follicles.
Pumpkin seed oil has been traditionally used as a treatment for intestinal parasites. Taken on an empty
stomach, preferably first thing in the morning, it seems to have the unusual ability to paralyze parasites like the common tapeworm.
Importantly, this paralysis is temporary and is therefore followed with a laxative such as castor oil an hour later so the worms can be expelled in a bowel movement. Without a bowel movement they will recover.
It is generally recommended to continue this treatment for several days, with several days break and then repeat over the course of a couple of weeks.
Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Pumpkin seed oil has high levels of phytosterols which are believed to help reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad type of cholesterol) by lowering its absorption when taken with a meal containing cholesterol. Research, such as thisstudy by the Department of Internal Medicine at Washington University, has shown high levels of phytosterols in the diet significantly decreased cholesterol absorption and may be of benefit in lowering a person’s risk of heart disease.
Taking pumpkin seed oil benefits your joints and the capsules are a popular supplement for the treatment of arthritic pain. The high levels of antioxidants, fatty acids and other compounds in pumpkin seed oil are often reported to help reduce inflammation in joints for sufferers of arthritis.
Pumpkin Seed Oil Benefits for IBS Sufferers
Pumpkin seed oil may also help with the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The high fatty acid
content is believed to reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and many people report a lessening of symptoms when they take pumpkin seed oil regularly.