pumpkin seed oil

How often do you have to get up at night to visit the bathroom? Some people sleep through the night with no difficulty but others have their sleep disrupted because they need to urinate every few hours. One reader suggested an unorthodox treatment for this problem: pumpkin seed oil!

Will Pumpkin Seed Oil Help Control Nighttime Urination?

Q. My husband uses roasted pumpkin seed oil on his salads. He learned to love it growing up in Austria where it is very popular.

One evening I read that it is good for urological issues. I’ve been plagued with UTIs and often have to get up in the middle of the night to trek to the bathroom. I decided to give it a try.

Even though I was VERY skeptical, I am thrilled. I’ve taken pumpkin seed oil capsules for probably two years or more, and I haven’t had a UTI in more than a year. Also, I do not get up at night any longer. UTIs are a nightmare, so this is a real benefit.

A. Pumpkin seed oil is rich in healthful mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids (Foods, March 2018). It has a reputation for helping men with enlarged prostates manage their urinary difficulties (Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia, July 4, 2016). Scientists report that it may be used to treat symptoms such as nocturia (frequent nighttime urination) and overactive bladder (Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, Jan-March, 2014).

We could find no studies demonstrating that pumpkin seed oil can prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). We are sure you appreciate your relative freedom from these infections, however.

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  1. Valerie
    Corona, California

    I started eating 1 1/2 ounces of pumpkin seeds at 4 p.m. (my last meal of the day) nine days ago. I immediately noticed that I was going longer without waking up to urinate. Now I’m only waking up one time during the night, compared to three to five times before. I’m also doing better during the day. It’s like a miracle.

  2. Penny

    I read this a few weeks ago and ordered some pumpkin seed oil. My husband and I both tried it. It works for him and has helped
    quite a bit. Me, not so much, darn it !!!! Thanks so much for this information, and I enjoy your daily newsletters.

  3. Chandramani
    Plot No.L-14 Baramunda H.B COLONY Bhubaneswar 751003+:Y?n.

    I have prostrate problem for which I am interested to use pumpkin
    seeds oil .Shall it available in form bottle made by any pharmacy.Please advise.

  4. Michael
    N. Central Nebraska

    It seems that the original mention of pumpkin seed oil referred to “roasted” pumpkin seed oil but subsequent references omitted the word “roasted.” In looking at the offerings from an online retailer I see that they offer an oil that is cold pressed. But nowhere among their different choices do I see mention of a pumpkin seed oil that has been roasted. What are we really looking at here? Should this be an oil that has been roasted before being processed further into gel caps?

  5. Chandramani
    Plot No.L-14 BARAMUDA. H.B.COLONY Bhubaneswar 75

    Where and how I collect the pumpkin seeds oil for my use .Is it available readymade at any points.Please help us in this regard

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