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Question about pumpkin seed oil

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 08, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I know Paleohackers have an open mind so I am going to ask this question:

Yes, I know pumpkin seed oil is not Paleo and it is full of Omega 6 and it is horrible and it is processed...

However, this is what you need to know: my doctor prescribed me pumpkin seed oil in capsules (3 caps per meal, three X perday).

I knew it was not Paleo and I doubted the whole treatment anyway, so I have been taking 3 caps only twice per day. Well, I have noticed that it makes a huge difference for me to the point that even my yellowish carotenemia is going away. So I went with my doctor's prescription - I am taking 3 caps three times per day and it does wonders for me personally.

I am really amazed at how much better I feel and it tastes great. No, this is not an infomercial, I do not sell it, I swear.

But here is my question: it is not Paleo and it is full of Omega 6, but it is amazing and it does wonders for me.

Maybe we are overlooking some medicinal properties of Neolithic foods? Have you ever thought about it?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 09, 2013
at 07:22 PM

Jessica, I just found out - it is some kind of supplement, not pure pumpkin oil because it has vitamins added to it.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 09, 2013
at 06:47 PM

Oh, today on my walk I met a WW2 veteran - he was 96 years old. He was running and stopped to talk for a moment. I asked him the secret to his longevity. He said he runs about 5 km every single day. He started running at the age of 18, and he keeps running even now. Thought I'd share it with you.

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on May 09, 2013
at 06:24 PM

Uh huh okay Missy

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on May 09, 2013
at 06:24 PM

Uh okay Missy .

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on May 09, 2013
at 03:33 PM

vb that's interesting that its helping with your jaundice. pumpkin seed oils and butters have always irritated my gallbladder and liver.

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on May 09, 2013
at 11:49 AM

Yeah, I also use it in salad dressings when I want the nutty flavor it brings.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 09, 2013
at 07:34 AM

Sorry, Stephen. First I started feeling better and then I was able to go for a walk. :)

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on May 09, 2013
at 03:28 AM

You sure it's not those walks that you've recently started re-incorporating that are making you feel better?? ;))

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on May 09, 2013
at 03:07 AM

hi VB, if you don't mind me asking, why did your Doctor prescribe pumpkin seed oil (what did he/she prescribe it for)? I was reading some interesting stuff the other day about pso, have a look here http://www.pumpkinseed.net.au/healthbenefits/pumpkinseedoil . Caveat, note this site does produce the oil, but that said, they have quite a few articles & reference a few studies.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:15 AM

Oh, and I had a severe die-off reaction for the first four days, but it could be from something else - I was taking two more medications prior to it.

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:11 AM

1. feel better after taking it (I took it separately from other meds so I can feel the difference) 2. My jaundice is going away 3. I feel better when I take it 3 times vs 2 times daily 4. More energy, no more brain fog, etc. etc. too many things to list.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:47 AM

I cannot cook with it - it is in capsules. It is like taking pills - there is no way to fry stuff in it. I don't know whether it is cold-pressed or not - it just says "pumpkin seed oil capsules" on the bottle, that's it. Have you tried just taking it without cooking with it? I bet it looses some medicinal properties when cooked. But I don't know for sure.

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:46 AM

What are the health benefits for you?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:11 AM

1. feel better after taking it (I took it separately from other meds so I can feel the difference) 2. My jaundice is going away 3. I feel better when I take it 3 times vs 2 times daily 4. More energy, no more brain fog, etc. etc. too many things to list.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:15 AM

Oh, and I had a severe die-off reaction for the first four days, but it could be from something else - I was taking two more medications prior to it.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

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on May 09, 2013
at 03:33 PM

vb that's interesting that its helping with your jaundice. pumpkin seed oils and butters have always irritated my gallbladder and liver.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 09, 2013
at 07:22 PM

Jessica, I just found out - it is some kind of supplement, not pure pumpkin oil because it has vitamins added to it.

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:42 AM

I know pumpkin seed oil is not Paleo and it is full of Omega 6 and it is horrible and it is processed...

What now? Whole pumpkins (all squash) are inherently as paleo as tomatoes or sweet potatoes -- i.e. "New World" foods. The oil of pumpkins are often cold-pressed, but as these things go, there are certainly chemically purified brands / producers out there as well.

Also, being higher in Omega-6 doesn't immediately disqualify them either -- while the oil is often as high as 2/3 linolenic acid, I haven't been able to find a profile list that separates between the alpha (ALA) and gamma (GLA) types. The oil may have a decent Omega 3:6 ratio, depending on the type of pumpkin. However, I'm thinking it's likely high GLA. Still, not the worst thing in the world.

Personally, I cook with it as often as sesame seed oil -- pretty rarely, but I will add it to certain dishes for that particular flavor it is.

So ... I mean, don't go deep frying with the stuff, but I don't see the problems eating cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil sometimes, and definitely no problem using it supplementally, especially if it helps.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:47 AM

I cannot cook with it - it is in capsules. It is like taking pills - there is no way to fry stuff in it. I don't know whether it is cold-pressed or not - it just says "pumpkin seed oil capsules" on the bottle, that's it. Have you tried just taking it without cooking with it? I bet it looses some medicinal properties when cooked. But I don't know for sure.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 09, 2013
at 11:49 AM

Yeah, I also use it in salad dressings when I want the nutty flavor it brings.

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