Pumpkin (cucurbita) seeds have long been used for consumption. Their seeds are for healing purposes. Examples of the Cucurbita species include autumn squash, summer squash and the pumpkin commonly called the Halloween squash. All Cucurbita plants are large and have vinelike stems with yellow flowers and flattened oval seeds. A number of varieties are cultivated all over the world.
Pumpkin (Halloween) seeds are often found is health food stores. Pumpkin (cucurbita) seeds are oftentimes filled with nutrients with substances and minerals such as protein, fiber, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, amino acids arginine and glutamic acid.
The seeds are also rich in calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, folate and niacin. Certain Pumpkin (cucurbita) seeds varieties has linolenic acid that aids in preventing hardening of arteries. Germany’s Commission E has approved pumpkin (cucurbita) seeds for bedwetting and other bladder problems.
There are a number of benefits one can reap in using Pumpkin (cucurbita) seeds. These include:
§ It eliminates intestinal parasites including tapeworms and roundworms due to the amino acid called cucurbitin in the seeds. This ingredient could paralyze the worms, force them to loosen their grip and get excreted from the body.
§ It prevents and relieves symptoms of prostate enlargement due to the fatty oil in the seeds that encourages urine flow. The fatty oil blocks the action of dihydrotestosterone on the prostate gland. Pumpkin (cucurbita) seeds also reduce hormonal damage to prostrate cells thereby reducing risks of developing prostate cancer.
To get the most out of the Pumpkin (Halloween) seeds medicinal value do the following suggestions:
§ Pumpkin (cucurbita) seeds come in two formulations: oil and dried herb or tea. Pumpkin (cucurbita) seeds are often sold in shell and shelled, roasted and raw. Oil in cucurbita seeds can easily go rancid so store them in refrigerator or freezer.
§ To combat worm actions, make emulsion by grinding the seeds, mix them with sugar or honey and some milk or water. Then sip this mixture three times a day. Make sure that you have taken a total of about 2 ounces of the emulsion. Make a tea with the ground seeds by adding hot water. Cool the brew, strain then sip. Take no more than 16 ounces at one setting.
§ To treat or prevent prostate enlargement, chew a handful of cucurbita seeds every day.
To make the pumpkin (cucurbita) seeds, get your own Pumpkin (halloween) seeds, roast the seeds on an oiled baking sheet in a slow oven until crisp. There are no known drugs or nutrient interaction linked with pumpkin (Halloween) seeds. There are no known side effects associated with Pumpkin (cucurbita) seeds also.
If you noticed distracting symptoms of prostrate enlargement such as weak urine flow, frequency, post-void dribbling and backwash then consult your doctor. Pumpkin (cucurbita) seeds may reduce symptoms of enlarged prostrate but they are not proven to actually reduce the size of the gland. If you believed you have intestinal parasites, consult your doctor and discussed the Pumpkin (cucurbita) seeds treatment with him.