Viridian 100% Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil
What is Pumpkin Seed Oil?
Pumpkin seed oil from Viridian Nutrition uses only certified organic Austrian Pumpkin seeds (Cucurbita pepo) seeds, cold pressed with preheated seeds to maximize the volatile oils and presented under a blanket of nitrogen in an amber glass bottle.
The nitrogen bubble is inert and protects the oil from air. The amber glass and outer recycled cardboard tube protect the oil from heat and light. The seed oil, supplies omega 6 and omega 9 essential fatty acids in a 1:1 ratio, and has a high content of carotenoids and fat-soluble vitamins including vitamin E.
A study published in the Journal of Food Science confirmed that lightly toasting the pumpkin seeds prior to the cold-pressing process, provided for the optimum presence of the volatile oils. Samples were toasted at various temperatures for varying lengths of time to ascertain the optimum conditions to maximise the biochemical composition and antioxidant capacity of the organic pumpkin seed oil.
Viridian’s Organic Pumpkin Seed oil uses lightly toasted seeds prior to cold-pressing.
Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil from Viridian Nutrition is certified by the Soil Association and is part of the 200+ Viridian Nutrition range of nutritional supplements dedicated to purity, charity and the environment.
Organic Angelica and Pumpkin Seed Extract
Organic Angelica archangelica, commonly known as garden angelica or wild celery, is from the Apiaceae family and is often cultivated for its sweet-scented stems. It grows wild in the Northern Scandinavian countries and is considered a shamanic medicine among the Saami or Laplanders. Sourced from Hrisey, a certified organic island off the northern Icelandic coast, this Angelica archangelica is harvested by hand during the summer months, dried and extracted all on Icelandic soil. Historically, the Angelica plant arrived in Iceland in the 1930s and has traditional use for the support of the immune system against illness.
Pumpkin seed, a green, flat seed also known as pepita, is the edible seed of the pumpkin. Pumpkins, and their seeds, are native to America. However, organic pumpkins are now readily grown in Europe. Naturally rich in zinc and protein, pumpkin seeds are considered to have a wealth of health benefits ranging from heart health to prostate health.
• INCONTINENCE & NOCTURIA- (Nocturia refers to the frequent need to urinate during the night). The ability for the bladder to hold large volumes of urine decreases with age. This is potentially due to decreased muscle strength of the bladder wall; however, other theories suggest that it could be due to a change in hormone levels. Post-menopausal women produce less oestrogen, which according to a Cochrane review is another risk factor in the development of incontinence.1 Additionally, men who have a hormonal imbalance leading to an enlarged prostate (BPH) also experience incontinence and nocturia as it often prevents the ability of the bladder to fully empty2. Other risk factors for incontinence and nocturia include diabetes, excess consumption of caffeine and alcohol, certain medications including diuretics, urinary tract infections, pregnancy, obesity and family history.
Angelica archangelica, as well as being used traditionally in Scandinavian regions to support the immune system has also been researched for its benefits in treating nocturia. A parallel, randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled trial on 69 males over the age of 45 years was conducted over 8 weeks comparing 200mg Angelica archangelica extract to placebo3. A subgroup analysis was performed on participants with reduced nocturnal bladder capacity and the results showed a significant reduction in the nocturnal bladder capacity (NBC) index (calculated from number of nightly voids and volume), as well as total voids per hour (Figure 1). A significant improvement was also seen in the average and minimal volume of voids during the night in the experimental group versus the placebo group, indicating an increase in nocturnal bladder volume (Figure 2). The active component hypothesised to have this anti-nocturia affect in the Angelica archangelica is the flavonoid ‘isoquercetin’.4
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Figure 1 - Subgroup with low nocturnal bladder capacity and not using sleep medication. The Organic Angelica extract group experienced a significant reduction in nocturnal bathroom visits and increased nocturnal bladder capacity.
Figure 2 - Subgroup with less than 260 ml initial volume had increased bladder volume per nocturnal void. Low bladder volume is directly related to urinary frequency.
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Research has additionally shown pumpkin seed extract (Cucurbita pepo L.) to have beneficial effects on bladder health and incontinence. A theoretical mechanism of action is the activation of the arginine and hence nitric oxide pathway resulting in the relaxation of the overall bladder muscle5,6. Additionally, phytosterols present in pumpkin seeds have shown to possess anti-androgenic activity which block the binding of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) as well as reducing the activity of 5-α- reductase which in turn reduce the growth of the prostate gland which can be a risk factor for incontinence7. This anti-androgenic activity may also improve female pelvic floor strength as androgens are known to induce muscle hypertrophy8
A randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial examined the effect of pumpkin seed extract at 218mg daily with soy germ on women with overactive bladder symptoms. After 12 weeks of supplementation, those taking the pumpkin seed extract with soy germ group reached a significant reduction in comparison to the placebo group for urination urgency and nocturnal urination frequency.
A Japanese study reviewed the effect of supplementing pumpkin seed extract alongside soya-germ in women with stress urinary incontinence. The study was conducted in 50 women for 6 weeks consuming 525mg of pumpkin seed extract daily. The results indicated a significant reduction in urinary incontinence incidence in the participants over the 6 weeks, with most significant benefits seen in those who initially experienced many incontinence episodes.
Pumpkin Seed Oil and BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA – BPH,
also referred to as prostate gland enlargement, is linked with hormonal changes which occur with age and is common in men over the age of 50 years. The enlargement of the prostate gland can negatively affect the passing of urine increasing the frequency and urgency of urination as the bladder doesn’t fully empty.
The effects of pumpkin seed extract were assessed in a one year, randomised, placebo-controlled trial in over 1,400 men with lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia. The results indicated that although an improvement was found in the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) for those taking the pumpkin seed extract, this was not significantly different to the control group. However, it was determined that the descriptive improvement in terms of perceived quality of life between the experimental and control groups were significantly different.
Dosage: Take one to two capsules daily with food or as recommended by your healthcare practitioner. Potential applications: Incontinence, overactive bladder syndrome, nocturia and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Known contraindications of Pumpkin Seed Oil
Not recommended for use during pregnancy and lactation. Not recommended for children under 12 years.