Cucurbita is a genus in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae first cultivated in the Americas and now used in many parts of the world. It includes species grown for their fruit and edible seeds (the squashes, pumpkins and marrows, and the chilacayote), as well as some species grown only as gourds.
The nutrients in pumpkin seed oil affect kidney stone formation by reducing levels of substances that promote stone formation and increasing levels of compounds that inhibit stone formation. Pumpkin seeds in history have commonly been used to treat a variety of kidney problems as well urinary problems, gastritis and the expelling of tapeworms and roundworms.
The lubricating effects of the essential fatty acids and antioxidant content are the likely reason relief is found by arthritis sufferers. These same nutrients are also lower the overall blood cholesterol content by lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and increasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels. The antioxidants in the forms of Vitamin A and E are also useful in maintaining skin health.
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