Pumpkin is one of the most popular vegetables grown in agriculture. It is undemanding, it is stored for a long time, without losing its beneficial properties, it has excellent taste. Both pulp and seeds from which pumpkin oil is made are used. It has anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and antiallergic action, and this is not a complete list of its merits. What else is the use of pumpkin oil and where is it used? Our today’s article is all about pumpkin oil.
Description of pumpkin oil
Pumpkin oil is obtained from the seeds by cold pressing – this is how its useful properties are preserved. Its color changes depending on which side to look at it – if you look at it from above, it will have a dark red-brown, almost black color, and from the side, towards the light, it will be dark green. As for the taste, pumpkin seed oil has a delicate taste of pumpkin seeds with a slight taste of nuts. Today, this oil is one of the most expensive, since its cost is very high, you should pay attention to it when buying. It is sold in glass bottles, has a thick texture, may contain a slight sediment at the bottom of the bottle, and thickens and slightly whitens in the cold. Please note that pumpkin seed oil, as well as any natural oil, deteriorates quickly and in the light of heat, loses its beneficial properties and becomes bitter, therefore it should be stored in a cool place.
Biochemical composition of pumpkin oil
Pumpkin oil contains many vitamins, trace elements and biologically active substances, as well as easily digestible amino acids. We list some of them.
Fat-soluble vitamins. The well-known vitamin A directly affects the condition of the skin, hair and nails. In addition, vitamin A is used in the treatment of ulcerative diseases of the mucous membranes, both external and internal. Vitamin F contains acids related to omega-3 and omega-6, improves the functioning of the main systems of the body (digestive, endocrine, nervous), improves metabolism, strengthens the immune system. Vitamin E, sometimes referred to as the main antioxidant, enhances the action of vitamins A and F, and prevents the oxidation of vitamin A, helps to improve the cardiovascular system and has a huge impact on the functionality of the genital sphere.
Water-soluble vitamins. Vitamins B, strengthen the body, normalize the work of the nervous and hormonal systems. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system, slows the aging process and is involved in the creation of new cells. Vitamin K, one of the rarest, helps to strengthen bone tissue, and promotes normal kidney function, and vitamin T, also known as carnitine, accelerates ATP synthesis, which increases metabolism, helps burn fat and build muscle.
Micro and macronutrients. In addition to vitamins, pumpkin seed oil includes a variety of micro and macronutrients. Zinc stimulates the metabolism, insulin production, which prevents the onset of diabetes, and participates in the reproductive system of the body. Magnesium helps the heart and muscular system work in general, and helps fight atherosclerosis. Selenium helps in the synthesis of thyroid hormones and prevents the appearance of substandard formations.
Biologically active substances. The benefits of pumpkin oil to a large extent is determined by the set of biologically active substances contained in it. They reduce cholesterol, stimulate fat metabolism and are involved in the transport of vitamins, and also have an antimicrobial effect.
Properties of pumpkin oil
Medicinal properties. The benefits of pumpkin oil are difficult to underestimate. Regular consumption of this product is of great benefit to the whole body. Pumpkin seed oil is a strong choleretic agent. It should be consumed by 1 tsp. about half an hour before meals. In addition, it perfectly eliminates heartburn and heaviness in the stomach – just drink 1 tsp. oils. To normalize the metabolism and reduce the percentage of body fat, 0.5 tsp of the oil can be consumed 3-4 times a day for a month. Repeat twice a year.
The oil has antiparasitic properties – so, for the treatment of helminthic invasion, it is also enough to drink 1 tsp. of the oil 3 times daily before meals.
Pumpkin oil can be used to improve the urinary system, drinking 1 tbsp. a day in the morning on an empty stomach.
Regular use for 1 month h. pumpkin seed oil before sleep normalizes blood pressure and lowers blood cholesterol
As a tonic can be used 1 tbsp. of pumpkin butter in the morning, half an hour before breakfast. This will support the body in the cold season.
A large amount of vitamins and minerals, which contains pumpkin seeds, determine its use in cosmetology. It moisturizes and nourishes the skin, relieves puffiness and removes fine wrinkles. In addition, it strengthens the hair and nourishes the scalp with moisture and vitamins, which helps fight dandruff and hair loss. It can be used for skin, hair and nails as an independent means, without mixing with anything. For cosmetic purposes, pumpkin seed oil is used in the care of dry, normal and combination skin. It is excellent for sensitive, irritated, flaky, coarse and mature skin.
- Actively moisturizes the skin.
- It nourishes the skin and hair.
- Softens the skin.
- With regular use returns skin elasticity and resilience.
- When used regularly, it strengthens the subcutaneous capillaries, thereby preventing the appearance of hematomas and “vascular asterisks” on the skin.
- Promotes cleansing of the skin from dead cells.
- It has a pronounced regenerating effect.
- Effectively protects the skin from premature aging.
- Protects skin from various irritations and inflammatory processes.
- Actively fights allergic reactions on the skin.
- Actively fights lip cracks.
- Contributes to the normalization of the sebaceous glands.
- Protects skin from sunburn.
- With regular use it strengthens, restores the structure and enhances the growth of nails.
- Strengthens hair, restores their structure and enhances hair growth.
Contraindications to the use of pumpkin oil
The main contraindication to the use of pumpkin oil is its individual intolerance. In addition, it causes a slight laxative effect, as well as, in some cases, belching. It should be used with caution by people with gallstone disease, as it can provoke or increase the output of stones.
For beauty and health, the benefits of pumpkin oil are invaluable, the main thing is not to overdo it with its quantity. Be healthy!