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Minnu George*, Prothibha Das*, Soji S.* and Anjali C. S.*


Pumpkin seeds offer some unique health benefits for the prostate especially for men with Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (BPH). The oil in pumpkin seeds can help in preventing the hormones from triggering multiplication of prostate cells. BPH is a condition that commonly affects men after 50 years of age. It involves the enlargement of the prostate gland. Advanced age is a risk factor for an enlarged prostate. One of the factor that contribute to BPH is over stimulation of the prostate cells by testosterone and its conversion product, Dihydro testosterone (DHT). DHT builds up in the prostate and causes it to grow. Studies reveal that pumpkin seeds contain protective compounds called phytosterols that helps in shrinking the prostate. The phytochemicals in the pumpkin seeds reduce the effects of DHT on the prostate. This may also block the conversion of testosterone into DHT. The carotenoids and the omega-3 fats found in the pumpkin seeds are also being studies for their potential benefits on prostate. The fact that pumpkin seeds serve as a good source of zinc may contribute to the role of pumpkin seeds in support of the prostate.

Keywords: Pumpkin, Prostate, Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (BPH), Dihydro Testosterone (DHT), Phytosterols, Testosterone.

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