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5 Potential Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil |


In recent years, seed oils have received some unpopular attention on social media, with naysayers arguing that consuming any oil from seeds can worsen health. There isn’t solid research to support that notion, though. The truth is that certain seed oils — such as pumpkin seed oil — are associated with numerous potential health benefits, as Harvard University and Consumer Reports note.

Pumpkin seed oil, also called pepita oil, is made by heat- or cold-pressing the oils out of pumpkin seeds, typically those from Styrian pumpkins native to central Europe. Like many plant-based oils, pumpkin seed oil contains unsaturated fats that may promote heart health, as well as antioxidants that could tame inflammation and reduce the risk of various chronic diseases. Its phytoestrogens may also help hormone-related issues like menopause symptoms and prostate enlargement. And, if you’re on TikTok, you might be familiar with its most on-trend purported use: treating hair loss.

Although pumpkin seed oil is often sold in supplement form (such as in capsules or serums), it’s also a versatile cooking oil. “You can drizzle pumpkin seed oil on salads, pasta dishes, bread, or any other items where you’d typically use another oil,” says Amy Brownstein, RDN, of Nutrition Digested in Oakland, California. “You can also use it in marinades, sauces, or dressings.”

Although quality research is lacking, here are five possible health perks of pumpkin seed oil that researchers are investigating.




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