5 More Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil
If you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of pumpkin around here.
You’ve probably read our Top 10 Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil post, which is packed full of great things that our Styrian Pumpkin Oil can do for you. While 10 benefits may seem like a lot, today we’ve got 5 more coming your way.
The pressed oil of a Styrian pumpkin seed can do a lot for your body and we’re pretty excited about it. From bladder benefits to prostate protection to a stronger heart, Styrian pumpkin seed oil is there to boost your health.
So, let’s get to it. Here are 5 more benefits that our Styrian Pumpkin Oil has to offer.
Boost your brain with more vitamin K.
Vitamin K is an essential nutrient that plays a big part in regulating calcium absorption in your brain.
A study published in Maturitas: The European Menopause Journal shows that an increasing the dietary intake of vitamin K can sharpen your memory and is “associated with fewer and less severe subjective memory complaint in older adults taking no vitamin K antagonists.”
Vitamin K has also been known to strengthen cognitive abilities and can also give your energy a boost, which can also help boost your mental prowess.
If you don’t eat enough leafy greens, you probably aren’t getting enough vitamin K. There is another, even easier way to get more vitamin K, though… read on.
Get stronger bones
The vitamin K found in pumpkin seed oil can also support your bone health (again because it helps with calcium regulation), reducing bone loss, and decrease the risk of bone fractures. It can also prevent calcification of arteries and soft tissue.
This can be particularly helpful when it comes to oral health, as increasing your intake of fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamin K, will increase bone strength and tooth mineralization.
Bone health and better brain function are just two of the benefits of vitamin K. This one necessary vitamin does a lot of work for your overall health. Check out our bonus below, to learn about more benefits of vitamin K.
One teaspoon of our Styrian Pumpkin Oil contains 7% of your daily vitamin K needs (5.5 mcg per teaspoon). We generally recommend you take 2 teaspoons of the oil daily, which would get you up to 14% of your daily vitamin K!
If you combine some dark, leafy greens with some blackberries and blueberries in a smoothie laced with Styrian Pumpkin Oil, you will be well on your way to getting all the vitamin K you need.
Promote a healthy inflammation response.
A lot of the daily aches and pains we experience are the result of inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a normal, healthy response to injury, but excessive inflammation can actually cause more pain and discomfort, along with other health concerns. Sound familiar?
Well, HealthImpactNews.com has good news: “Pumpkin seed oil has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. One animal study even found it worked as well as the anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin in treating arthritis, but without the side effects.”
If you want to learn more about inflammation, how it affects your body and foods to fight it, head on over to our recent post, Foods to Fight Inflammation.
Get nicer skin!
According to Organic Facts, the fatty acids found in pumpkin seed oil have important antioxidant properties. These can reduce skin inflammation when applied topically, as well as when ingested. They can also, “stimulate the growth of new cells, defend against infections and oxidative stress in skin cells, and generally improve the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes related to age.”
According to Harper’s Bazaar, the omega–3 and –6 fatty acids that are found in Styrian Pumpkin Oil are also great for moisture retention and fighting free radicals, which is great for maintaining youthful-looking skin. Natural face products that include pumpkin seed oil are great for your skin during dry weather, as it helps lock in moisture and keep your skin from flaking. Why not make your own?
Lose weight with CLA and oleic acid.
There are two unsaturated fatty acids out there that are getting tons of attention right now for their amazing fat-burning and appetite-suppressing properties — conjugated linoleic acid and oleic acid.
Styrian Pumpkin Oil has both!
According to Livestrong, “CLA is particularly known for attacking and reducing fat in your abdominal area. […] Researchers state that CLA is found to not only help fight obesity, but it also has positive results against heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, inflammation.” CLA has also been known to boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, improve insulin function and even reduce allergy symptoms.
The Globe and Mail says that “oleic acid, a type of monounsaturated fat, suppresses hunger pangs and so can help prevent snacking between meals, according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine. In a study involving lab mice, the researchers found that when oleic acid reaches the small intestine it is converted into a hormone called oleoylethanolamide, or OEA. This hormone, in turn, sends hunger-dampening signals to the brain. That means you can go longer without eating.”
These two fatty acids are, in fact, so good for helping with weight loss, we’ve created an entire post just about that. Hop on over to Fatty Acids for Fat Burn to get all of the ins and outs.
CLA most often comes from beef, milk and eggs from grass-fed animals. Our Styrian Pumpkin Oil is another great natural source of CLA, though, and an especially great one for vegans and vegetarians. You can’t go wrong no matter what your diet is like since you also get a healthy dose of oleic acid in your daily two teaspoons.
Our Styrian Pumpkin Oil is pressed from organic, non-GMO seeds using Perfect Press Technology. No heat, no grinding and no friction mean that the nutritional value of the seed oil remains perfectly intact.
We don’t just love Styrian Pumpkin Oil because of all the terrific benefits it has (though they’re a great start), we also love the way it tastes.
Check out what we’ve got cooking in the Activation Kitchen! We love to use Styrian Pumpkin Oil is our recipes, so if you’re looking to work it into your daily routine, some of these recipes may help.
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