Here in Geraldine we cold press all our organic oils to preserve the integrity of the seeds, the health benefits, and to lock in the nutrients. We bottle the extra virgin oil with care so not to allow any rancidity, which occurs if the oil gets exposed to light, heat or air.
Our unique process keeps the flavour of the seed because there is ‘nothing added – nothing removed’. This is why we called this range gourmet oils because they can be added to dishes to add novel, but subtle flavours.
Its unique, nutty, rich flavour is addictive, and you find yourself pouring it on everything - including ice-cream. Our number one response from customers is “ we love the taste!”
Many of the nutritious properties of pumpkin seeds are actually found in the oil!
Healthy fats (the good guys) are a very important part of your everyday diet and a big part of pumpkin oil’s nutritional profile; they pack a real health punch. They are crucial for normal growth and development and brain function, and they help to stimulate hair and skin growth, regulate metabolism, and maintain bone health and the reproductive system. Pumpkin seed oil contains about half linoleic acid, an Omega-6 essential fatty acid with useful anti-inflammatory properties.
I’ve listed some benefits of this oil.
Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Bladder benefits. Incontinence and bladder irritation is a concern for many people, especially women post-childbirth and post-menopause. Pumpkin oil strengthens the muscles that support the bladder (which can help to prevent prolapse and stress incontinence) and also soothe bladder irritation, reducing urge incontinence.
- Prostate performance. There is strong evidence that shows that pumpkin seed oil can prevent prostate enlargement — a major health issue for men over 50 - 60. Not only that, but it has even been found to reverse enlargement in men who are already experiencing the discomfort of an enlarged prostate.
- Hold onto your hair. Male pattern baldness (as well as hair loss in women) is sometimes associated with overly high levels of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). One of the phytochemicals in pumpkin oil, beta-sitosterol, has been found to block the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Pumpkin oil also contains delta-7-sterol, which blocks DHT via a different mechanism. The effects of these naturally occurring chemicals have led to speculation and anecdotal evidence for pumpkin oil as a treatment for hair loss.
- Make your heart happy. Want to reduce your risk of heart disease? Pumpkin seed oil can help you accomplish that goal. Pumpkin seed oil has high levels of phytosterols which are believed to help reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad type of cholesterol) by lowering its absorption.
- Build your bones. Vitamins A and K build strong bones and help to prevent fractures and post-menopausal bone loss.
- Support your liver. Since pumpkin seed oil is a great source of healthy fats and antioxidants, consuming it can help support liver health.
- Protect your eyes. Pumpkin seed oil contains high levels of zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that has been shown to protect your eyes from UV and blue light damage.
- Nourish your brain. Pumpkin seed oil is high in essential fats, which are the primary fuel for your brain.
- Ease the symptoms of menopause. Research now shows that postmenopausal women could get some relief with the use of pumpkin seed oil. The natural phytoestrogens in pumpkin seed oil can help to lower your blood pressure and provide relief from symptoms like hot flashes, headaches and joint pain.