What are the side effects of pumpkin

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Food and medicinal plants - the pumpkin can be used in many ways. Its seeds are used for therapeutic purposes: They help with irritable bladder and symptoms of a benign enlarged prostate. Read more about the healing powers of the pumpkin!

What healing power is in pumpkin?

The seeds of the common pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) are used as a traditional herbal medicine for irritable bladder and urinary disorders (micturition problems) in benign enlarged prostates. Such micturition problems include painful urination, frequent urination, urge to urinate at night, urinary behavior and residual urine formation.

The active substances in pumpkin seeds include plant hormones (phytosterols). Other important ingredients are fatty oil (with valuable fatty acids such as linolenic acid), vitamin E, carotenoids and minerals such as selenium.

In studies, the medicinal plant showed anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The term "antioxidant" denotes the ability to render cell-damaging aggressive oxygen compounds ("free radicals") harmless. In addition, the phytosterols have a regulating effect on the hormone level. This can have a positive effect on the symptoms of benign prostate enlargement. Other ingredients in pumpkin seeds can strengthen the bladder muscles.

How is the pumpkin used?

The pumpkin seeds from the common pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) and / or from various cultivated varieties of the species are used medicinally.

The seeds can be consumed directly: it is recommended to take one to two heaping tablespoons (15 to 30 grams), ground or chewed with a glass of water, morning and evening.

Alternatively, you can use ready-made preparations. There are, for example, pumpkin seed capsules and tablets with the powdered seeds or an extract made from them. Capsules with pumpkin seed oil and combination preparations with other medicinal plants are also available.

For the treatment of prostate complaints and irritable bladder, the daily intake of ten grams of pumpkin seeds (or the pressed oil or dry extracts) is recommended for several weeks or months.

What side effects can pumpkin cause?

There are no known side effects.

What to watch out for when using pumpkin

Pumpkin seeds only alleviate the discomfort associated with an enlarged prostate. A reduction in the size of the prostate cannot be achieved with it. Men with benign prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia) should therefore regularly consult their doctor for checks despite using the medicinal plant.

How to get pumpkin and its products

You can get the seeds at your grocery store. Prefer products with organic quality. Ready-made preparations based on the medicinal plant can be found in your pharmacy or in drugstores. Please read on for proper use and dosage of pumpkin-The respective package insert or ask your doctor or pharmacist

Interesting facts about the pumpkin

The common pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) belongs to the cucurbit family (Cucurbitaceae) and is a very diverse species. It is an annual plant with coarse hairy, meter-long shoots that crawl on the ground or climb in leaf vines. They have palmate, lobed leaves with large funnel-shaped yellow flowers (male and female) in their axils. The largest fruits of the plant kingdom develop from them - berries weighing many kilos (record: over 500 kilos!), Which are also called "armored berries" because of their hard shell. They are diverse and have a fibrous, yellow pulp that encloses numerous pointed-oval, flattened, greenish-white or light brown seeds ("pumpkin seeds").

The pumpkin enriches the human diet with a variety of uses and is therefore grown worldwide. The pulp is prepared or pickled as soup or vegetables - especially in autumn and winter. The seeds are suitable for nibbling and as a salad ingredient. They also provide the valuable pumpkin seed oil. This is healthy because of the abundant unsaturated fatty acids it contains and the high amount of vitamin E. Because of the aromatic taste, it is pumpkin-Oil is also often used to refine salads and other dishes.

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