Pumpkin

Summary

Medicinal plant used mainly against benign prostatic hyperplasia , usually in pills or capsules made from pumpkin seeds. As a vegetable, for example in a soup, pumpkin helps prevent type 2 diabetes .

names

Portuguese name: pumpkin, pumpkin seeds
Binomial name: Cucurbita pepo L.
French name: courge , citrouille, potiron, pépins de courge
English name: pumpkin
German name: Kürbis

Family

Cucurbitaceae

Constituents

Steroids, phytosterols, fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C (in legume, carotenoids (in legume)

parts used

Seeds (in herbal medicine), the whole legume (in nutrition, see Notes below)

Effects

Action on the prostate, in benign prostatic hyperplasia in stages I and II, antioxidant.

Indications 

– Benign prostatic hyperplasia (stages I and II) , difficult urination.

– Prevention of type 2 diabetes (the whole legume, see Notes below about one study)

Secundary effects

Possible allergy, we do not know of others.

contraindications

Allergy to the product, we do not know of others.

Interactions

We don’t know.

Preparations 

– Pumpkin pills (based on pumpkin seeds)

– Pumpkin capsule (based on pumpkin seeds)

– Legume (eg in the form of soup), ideal for preventing diabetes (read below)

Where does the pumpkin grow?

Pumpkin grows in Europe and America.

Comments

– Most experts believe that the effect of lipophilic pumpkin seed extract on stages I and II of benign prostatic hyperplasia is positive (proved by clinical studies). Attention, this disease is benign but can hide more serious complications in the prostate region (cancer).
– That’s why every prostate problem should be evaluated by a doctor. Only a trained professional will be able to indicate the appropriate treatment and observe whether or not it is necessary to start therapy with pumpkin seeds.

Nutritional value of pumpkin

Pumpkin as a vegetable contains many carotenoids, substances with strong antioxidant power. Pumpkin also contains a significant amount of vitamin C. A study published in July 2020 in the journal BMJ (DOI: 10.1136 / bmj.m2194) analyzing data from thousands of Europeans showed that those who had high levels of carotenoids and vitamin C in their blood were associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes . The researchers calculated that eating a day, for example, 66 g of pumpkin – about half a cup, reduced the risk by 25% of developing this form of diabetes.

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