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Pumpkin Seed Oil Extract: Natural Home Remedy For Overactive Bladder Control

Updated on August 5, 2013

What Is Pumpkin Seed Extract?

For centuries pumpkin seeds have been used to stimulate overall health and prevent excessive urination in men and women. In Europe today, pumpkin seed extract is a particularly common in natural remedy for overactive bladder (OAB) and urinary incontinence (UI).

The seeds are pressed and the oils (fats) in the seeds are extracted to be used for medicinal and culinary purposes. There are basically two types of pumpkin seed extract: oil soluble extract and water soluble extract. Studies have been performed to test out both types, but the water soluble pumpkin seed extract clearly outperforms the oil soluble extract for urinary problems.

What Causes Women To Lose Bladder Control?

Frequent urination and leakage in women is thought to be primarily due to weakened or atrophied bladder and pelvic floor muscles. Lowered levels of naturally occurring anabolic hormones is probably responsible for the atrophied (shrunken) pelvic muscles in post-menopausal women, but younger women may also experience these symptoms, particularly after giving birth, having weakened pelvic muscles.

How Does Pumpkin Seed Help To Fight Incontinence?

Compounds in pumpkin seeds have an anabolic (muscle-building) effect on the urinary tract muscles by blocking catabolic enzymes and stimulating nitric oxide production in the body. These actions can help create an environment in the human body that is conducive to muscle strengthening, and over time this can promote greater levels of bladder control in women with urinary incontinence and overactive bladder.

Pumpkin seed extract can also have benefits for men suffering from excessive urge to urinate due to an enlarged prostate. It may not be able to actually reduce an enlarged prostate, but it can help to alleviate the basic symptoms by reducing inflammation and irritation of the urinary tract tissues, reducing the need to urinate as frequently.

Possible Side Effects

The University of Michigan Health System found no reported side effects of pumpkin seed oil, but pumpkin seeds themselves – like many other varieties of edible seeds – have been known to cause digestive problems for some people. It is not recommended to use pumpkin seed extract during pregnancy or if lactating.

Any herbal medicine – just like any conventional pharmaceutical – can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Always consult your physician before trying any new medication or herbal supplement to be aware of any possibly harmful interactions with other medications you are taking.


Disclaimer: This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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