While coconut oil has been touted for its wide range of health and beauty benefits for quite a while now, it’s no secret that we are always looking for the next big thing. With many similar benefits to coconut oil in addition to several distinct qualities, it turns out that pumpkin seed oil might be ready to take the spotlight as the latest superstar of natural remedies. Plus, it’s quite the fitting oil for the season!

 

Read on to check out some of the ways that pumpkin seed oil can benefit your body, inside and out.

 

Heating pumpkin oil can lead to a loss of the beneficial nutrients which it provides your body with when consumed. Instead, stick to using it in things like salad dressing to maximize its effect (rawmountainkitchen.com)

Heating pumpkin oil can lead to a loss of the beneficial nutrients which it provides your body with when consumed. Instead, stick to using it in things like salad dressing to maximize its effect (rawmountainkitchen.com)

It can lower cholesterol and help to prevent heart disease.

Pumpkin seed oil contains steroid compounds called phytosterols, which have been known to reduce blood cholesterol levels. When taken along with a meal that is high in cholesterol, pumpkin seed oil has the ability to combat the absorption of cholesterol in your body. Increasing your body’s phytosterol level could also mean reducing your risk of heart disease as a result of its impact on cholesterol and blood. An important note, however: you’re not going to want to use pumpkin oil to replace your usual cooking oil, as you might do with coconut oil. Pumpkin seed oil loses a lot of its health benefits when heated. Stick to using it on its own, or use it in recipes that don’t call for cooking over heat, like salads.

 

It can reduce inflammation.

In addition to fighting high cholesterol, the phytosterols in pumpkin seed oil work alongside antioxidants and fatty acids to play a role in reducing inflammation in your body. This means that pumpkin seed oil can be effective in reducing pain and other symptoms of conditions like arthritis.

 

It can help improve prostate health for men.

Frequently when we are talking about the benefits of a natural remedy or essential oil, the information is largely geared towards women. However, these remedies can be just as effective for men, and may even possess healing capabilities which are uniquely beneficial for men. In this case, pumpkin seed oil can play a role in combating the possibility of prostate cancer in men by preventing abnormal cell growth in the prostate.

 

Pumpkin seed oil can be effective in stimulating hair growth and keeping your hair looking strong and healthy (salonlg.com)

Pumpkin seed oil can be effective in stimulating hair growth and keeping your hair looking strong and healthy (salonlg.com)

It can promote hair growth and health.

The benefits of pumpkin seed oil also go beyond what it can do for your body internally. When applied topically, one of the most effective uses of pumpkin seed oil is in stimulating hair growth and promoting overall hair health. For starters, pumpkin seed oil is packed with zinc, which is important in keeping your scalp healthy and fortifying hair. It also has a ton of vitamins, like vitamins A and B, which aid hair growth, and it also combats enzymes linked to slow growth and lack of growth altogether. Finally, pumpkin seed oil can effectively shield hair protein and lock in hydration, which keeps your hair looking and feeling healthy and nourished.

 

It can improve your skin and help fight aging.

Applied topically, pumpkin seed oil can also be an incredible tool for skincare. Because of the zinc and vitamins, like vitamin E, present in pumpkin seed oil, the product can do everything from improve skin tone and fight acne to help heal wounds. It also has the ability to keep your skin looking fresh and rejuvenated thanks to its high antioxidant and fatty acid content. Pumpkin seed oil can even be effective in fighting aging, thanks once again to the range of minerals and vitamins prevalent in the product which can maintain skin’s youthful appearance and glow.

 

Are you a fan of pumpkin seed oil? If so, what are your favorite uses for the product? Share them with us below or tweet me @tamarahoumi