Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Award winning, unrefined, 100% pure from shell-less pumpkin seeds, organically grown in the south Styrian region of Austria, unique, aromatic, nutty flavor
- Use of seed grown on registered farms in Styrian region of Austria
- Pressed in registered oil pressing company in Styrian region of Austria from the first pressing using traditional methods, no additional filtering
- Contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, K and minerals manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, calcium, iodine
- Power source of phytosterols, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
- Curative effect on enlarged prostate, fighting infections, parasites and inflammation, regulating heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, relief of menstruation difficulties, smoother, healthier skin
- Tax Free
Pumpkin seeds have been popular for centuries, dating back as early as 1300 A.D., when Native Americans celebrated them for both dietary and medicinal benefits, beginning with the Aztec cultures and spreading to the rest of Native America. After being spread to Europe, these seeds became an integral part of the diet for many areas in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean (notably, Greece). Now, pumpkin seeds have entered traditional food and medicine practices in India and other areas of Asia.
Although the health benefits of pumpkin seed oil are quite impressive on their own, that’s not the only good thing about it. Interestingly, recent research has found pumpkin seed oil (and other vegetable oils) to be a potential source of biofuel. Pumpkin seed oil is often praised as a “superhero ingredient” in skin care, too, due to the essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals contained within it. The use of pumpkin seed oil for skin and homeopathic beauty routines may serve to treat acne, fight free radical damage, moisturize and much more.
Pumpkin seed oil, extracted from roasted pumpkin seeds, should not be “cooked,” as heat destroys many of its best health properties and produces a bitter taste. The most common intake of pumpkin seed oil for health is in capsule or liquid form, as a supplement to a health-conscious lifestyle. One delicious way to use pumpkin seed oil in food, prevalent in Eastern Europe, is as a salad dressing, either by itself or in combination with other healthy oils.
Storage is key to keeping pumpkin seed oil fresh. Warmth and light easily oxidize the polyunsaturated fats in pumpkin seed oil, causing it to go rancid. Therefore, it should be bottled, sealed and stored in a cool, dark place. It’s important to remember that the fresh, nutty taste of the oil will dissipate after it’s first opened, though it remains good for 12 months, sometimes longer.
Reduces Inflammation: replacing saturated fats with healthy, unsaturated fats makes a deep impact on the amount of inflammation in your body. In fact, a research study in 2015 found the replacement of pumpkin seed oil in the diet of people suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries) reduced the effects of these diseases on test subjects.
If you’re seeking to live a disease-free life, introducing anti-inflammatory foods and supplements into your diet is one of the key actions you need to take.
Nutritional Aid for Cancer Patients: you read that right! While there is no “cure” for cancer, pumpkin seed oil has been proven in several studies to support the health of cancer patients and/or a reduced risk of cancer.
Pumpkin seeds are one vegetable seed proven to reduce the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Additional research has found the nutritional value of pumpkin seeds to possibly prevent and treat breast cancer.
The future is promising for men as well as women — pumpkin seeds may also reduce or inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells. Pumpkin seed oil, in particular, can reduce the effects of specific carcinogens, making it a useful natural cancer treatment for many different types of cancer.
For those currently being treated for cancer, pumpkin seed oil may also be an answer to common problems. Its antioxidant properties create a filter for radiation and protect against or prevent small intestinal damage from methotrexate, a treatment for several types of cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
Good for Prostate Health: perhaps the most well-documented aid of pumpkin seed oil for health is its vast effectiveness on maintaining a healthy prostate. It has been known to protect against prostate cancer, but it’s also great for prostate health in general!
Long used as a folk medicine for prostate health, pumpkin seed oil reduces the size of an enlarged prostate, especially in the instance of benign prostatic hyperplasia (age-related prostate enlargement). That’s why I pumpkin seed oil use is one of three steps to improve prostate health!
Encourages Mental Well-being: we all need to consider the health of our brains and mental states. Pumpkin seed oil can help you do that in more than one way – the Cucurbita maxima compound of this oil improves memory, while its tryptophan content is a scientifically proven, effective treatment for social anxiety disorder. Insomnia also may be reduced by the tryptophan in pumpkin seed oil, as it breaks down easily within the body into serotonin to induce peaceful sleep.
Fights Hair Loss in Men: the management of hormones in a healthy diet is key to stopping and/or reversing hair loss, as it is linked to an increase in an androgen hormone, DHT (Dihydroxy Testosterone). Pumpkin seeds act as a hair loss remedy due to their zinc content, which helps balance hormones, thus in turn benefits hair growth.
In a 2014 double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, pumpkin seed oil hair loss benefits were apparent, as men who took pumpkin seed oil over the course of 24 weeks showed an increase of hair count by an average of 40 percent!
Great for Heart Health: is it any surprise that an anti-inflammatory supplement would be great for the heart? Through a process that may involve the production of nitric oxide, pumpkin seed oil exhibits antihypertensive and cardioprotective effects, meaning it can protect you from heart disease and/or heart attacks. It also reduces high blood pressure in postmenopausal women.
Treats Diabetes: diabetes has many causes, one of which is poor diet. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are manageable, and even treatable, with good diet strategies and supplements. Possibly due in part to its low glycemic load (along with other factors), pumpkin seed oil is scientifically proven to be a considerable antihyperglycemic, or natural diabetes treatment.
Soothes Overactive Bladder: a 2014 study suggests pumpkin seed oil extracts. (from both the Cucurbita pepo and Cucurbita maxima varieties) effectively treat urinary disorders, specifically overactive bladder. This indicates consuming pumpkin seed oil is an important part of maintaining a healthy excretory system.
Be careful with this delicate Styrian Gold Pumpkin Seed Oil: in order, not to destroy the valuable nutrients and health benefits found in Styrian Gold pumpkin seed oil.
Do not over-heat the Styrian Gold Pumpkin Seed Oil: when Styrian pumpkin seed oil is heated too much, the valuable nutrients are destroyed and the oil develops an unpleasant smell and bitter taste. The smoke point of the seed oil is an important consideration. When the oil begins to smoke, it is starting to burn. Styrian Gold pumpkin seed oil reaches its smoke point at 120°C (248°F). Any food preparation which includes pumpkin seed oil should be kept under that temperature.
Styrian Gold pumpkin seed oil is not suitable for cooking or frying: this will also destroy the oil. However, it can be used for some baking and warm dishes as long as the heat is carefully controlled and doesn’t get too hot for too long.
Make sure that the Pumpkin Seed Oil does not go rancid: oxidation is what triggers the oil to go rancid: the polyunsaturated fats found in Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil are easily oxidized by warmth and light. As a result, Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil should be bottled in dark bottles with a sealed cap (so that no air can enter) and stored in a cool, dark place. It is possible to store Styrian Gold Pumpkin Seed Oil for up to 12 months and even longer, but the shorter the storage time is, the fresher and nuttier the oil will taste. It is also a good idea to wipe the drops of oil away from the bottle’s neck after pouring, these drops can oxidize very easily and lend their rancid flavour to the next dish where Styrian Gold Pumpkin Seed Oil is needed.
Choice of Partner for Salad Dressing: this question is frequently asked: “Which vinegar should I use for salad dressing with Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil?” in general, all sorts of vinegar harmonize well with the unique nutty aroma and flavor of Styrian pumpkin seed oil. It is a matter of preference, but it pays to assess the quality of whatever vinegar you choose to use. Most popular is a good quality Apple cider vinegar or Balsamic vinegar.
Oops, a stain on clothing or table cloth: this is a common situation: the last fork-full of salad dressed with Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil lands exactly on your white blouse or shirt or table cloth. What to do? Don’t panic. These are easily removed through exposure to ultraviolet radiation (sunlight). Simply make the area of the stain a little wet with water (no soap) and hang in the sun until the spot is gone, one to four hours. It may take a little longer if the sun is not shining that day. You can then wash the article as normal.
Only on salads? Nonsense: Styrian Gold Pumpkin Seed Oil is suitable for savory dishes, but also for sweets and desserts. Styrian Gold Pumpkin Seed Oil can be used in a wide range of dishes, including:
- pumpkin seed oil over scrambled eggs
- pumpkin seed oil spread with cream cheese or sheep cheese
- pumpkin seed oil in a guacamole dip or just with avocado
- sour sliced beef salad
- marinated fish….not as the marinate but as a finish just before serving
- pumpkin seed oil dumplings
- pork medallions with pumpkin seed oil butter
- pumpkin seed oil polenta, or steak with pumpkin seed oil
- ice cream with pumpkin seed oil (vanilla seems to be the favorite)
- pumpkin seed oil parfait, cake or over bananas and yogurt