Exploring the Health Benefits of Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seed Oil

by Melissa Chichester

Whether they’re adorning our porches as jack-o’-lanterns or taking center stage in hearty soups and pies, pumpkins have become synonymous with fall. 

The best part is that beyond their seasonal charm, pumpkins have multiple health benefits due to the array of nutrients they contain.  

The nutritional benefits of pumpkin

Pumpkins are more than a decoration for Halloween. They contain essential nutrients and phytochemicals that can contribute to overall well-being, including:

  • Vitamin A 
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium

Pumpkins are also known for their antioxidant content. Antioxidants help protect the body from free radicals which may cause oxidative stress. 

>>Slow Cooker Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Pumpkin seed oil supplements

While pumpkins themselves are nutritious, the seeds have been traditionally used for their health benefits. Pumpkin seed oil is particularly known for being a traditional nutrient for men. Pumpkin seed is a source of phytochemicals and has been traditionally used to support prostate and urinary health.* 

Our Pumpkin Seed Oil supplement delivers 1000mg of pumpkin seed oil in rapid-release softgels for men. 

How to incorporate pumpkin and pumpkin seed oil into your diet

Here are some ways you can incorporate more pumpkin into your diet. 

Roasted pumpkin seeds: Save the seeds from your freshly carved pumpkin. Then clean and roast them for a crunchy, nutritious snack. Season with a touch of olive oil, sea salt, and your favorite spices for added flavor.

Pumpkin smoothies: Blend pumpkin puree with Greek yogurt, a banana, and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice for a creamy and nutrient-packed smoothie.

Pumpkin soup: Create a hearty pumpkin soup by pureeing roasted pumpkin with vegetable broth and your choice of seasonings. 

Pumpkin pancakes: Give these Protein-Drenched Pumpkin Pancakes a try.

Pumpkin overnight oats: Don’t skip breakfast. Make this Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats Recipe and make your mornings easier.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.