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18.09.2023


After menopause, a daily teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil makes women healthier

Post-menopausal women become healthier and feel better if they consume a little pumpkin seed oil daily. According to a 2011 study, 2 grams per day is sufficient. That's a small teaspoon.


After menopause, a daily teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil makes women healthier


Study
In 2011, researchers from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica published a small trial in which 35 post-menopausal women participated.

The researchers divided the women into 2 groups. One group took 2 grams of oil from pumpkin seeds every day for 12 weeks. If you use supplements, this usually amounts to 2-4 capsules per day. If you use oil from a bottle, it is a modest teaspoon. This was the experimental group. [PSO]

The women in the control group took wheat germ oil. [WHO]


After menopause, a daily teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil makes women healthier


Results
In the women who used pumpkin seed oil, diastolic blood pressure decreased by 5 points. In addition, the HDL concentration increased by 0.15 points.

However, according to statistical tests, those effects were not overwhelming, according to the table below. Click on it for a larger version.


After menopause, a daily teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil makes women healthier


The shifts in the experimental group were statistically significant. However, this did not apply to the differences between the control and experimental groups after 12 weeks of supplementation. How you interpret such a result in these types of studies depends in practice on your mood at the time.

When the 12 weeks were over, the total severity of menopausal symptom score in the experimental group had improved. In this group, the women reported less pain in their joints, fewer headaches and fewer hot flashes. Once again the effects were less than stellar.


After menopause, a daily teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil makes women healthier


Lignans
According to the researchers, the presence of lignans such as secoisolariciresinol may explain the measured effects. Many lignans can interact with the estradiol receptor and therefore have both estrogenic and anti-estrogenic effects.

Other potential active substances in pumpkin seed oil are polyunsaturated fatty acids, sterols and carotenoids. [Plants (Basel). 2022 May 24;11(11):1394.]

Source:
Climacteric. 2011 Oct;14(5):558-64.

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