A staple in American culture, pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo) are large, yellow-orange fruits that contain nutritious (and delicious!) seeds. Pumpkin products include a range of options, including:
Liquid-filled softgels, available for daily supplementation
Cold-pressed cooking and dressing oil with a nutty, almond-like flavor
Delicious snacking seeds, available shelled or in-shell, raw, roasted, and with or without salt
What is Pumpkin?
Pumpkins are a staple in American culture, used in everything from cuisines to folk wellness and even in seasonal decorating. A cultivar of the squash plant, pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo) is an annual spreading plant that can stretch 3-8 meters long, its hairy, spiny stem boasting bristly leaves and bright yellow flowers that turn into the large, yellow-orange fruits. Within the hard shell of these fruits lies a treasure trove of flat seeds, which are the source of the nutrient-rich pumpkin oil.
From Thanksgiving pies to Halloween jack-o-lanterns and more, pumpkins hold a presence in folklore, fiction, and iconography alike. These fruits have also been around for quite some time; evidence shows that people in Mexico were enjoying pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, as far back as 7000 B.C.!
Pumpkin seeds are a popular snack far and wide. They naturally supply oleic and linoleic acids, and boast a similar taste to almonds. Available raw or roasted, in the shell or shelled, and salted or unsalted, there are plenty of options for the snack lover to enjoy pumpkin seeds any time of year. They also make a great addition to many recipes!
The oil extracted from pumpkin seeds via cold-pressing is naturally rich in omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. It imparts its robust flavor in soups, stews, and dressings, and makes a great oil to have in any kitchen pantry.
Pumpkin seed oil supplements deliver this nutritious oil in liquid-filled softgels. This herbal supplement is popular for men in helping to support prostate health while offering beneficial antioxidant activity, overall contributing to general wellness.**
Directions for Use
Always consult with your trusted healthcare provider prior to adding any supplement to your regimen. There is no set recommended daily allowance for pumpkin supplements. Refer to individual label directions for more information.