Fall is probably my favorite season. I don’t like the heat of summer, the cold of winter, or the pollen of spring. The weather is cooling down, the leaves are turning color, and its the perfect time for soups, chowders, and hot chocolate (my personal favorite). As you see pumpkins decorating porches and patios, you know its Fall. My girlfriend Alexis is a pumpkin addict, so as Fall rolls around she stocks on pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin everything. It made me wonder if pumpkin has any sort of health benefits. So I did a little research, and it turns out that pumpkin seeds actually can aid in healthy hair growth. Who knew?
Pumpkin seeds contain fatty oils with linoleic acid and oleic acid, both known to prevent cancer-causing cell production. They are also an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C. In addition, the seeds contain beneficial nutrients like zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron. All of these nutrients will improve your overall health, and therefore improve the health of your hair. The seeds also contain cucurbitin, a unique amino that may be responsible for pumpkin seeds’ effects on hair growth.
The oil from pumpkin seeds are believed to effect testosterone and androgen levels in the body. Lack of androgens in the body is believed to be a primary cause of hair loss. Eating a handful of seeds a day can benefit in the fight for hair growth. If you are like me, and are watching your ‘girlish figure’, here are the nutritional facts for a 1oz serving of pumpkin seeds: 128 calories, 5g fat, 15g carbs, and 5g protein. Compared to other nuts and seeds that have way more fat per 1oz serving, pumpkin seeds are a great low fat, low calorie protein option to snack on.
Especially this time of year, pumpkin seeds are readily available at many grocery, health food and convenient stores. You can buy pumpkin seeds raw, dried, shelled, salted or roasted. Another option is to go for pumpkin seed oil. Because it has a strong flavor, mixing it with other oils or dressings can improve the taste. Some even apply pumpkin seed oil directly to the scalp and hair, but beware – it is green and may result in a green scalp.
So as you are getting into all things Fall, keep in mind that pumpkins are good for more than just carving scary faces and making tasty pies with. Pumpkins seeds and pumpkin seed oil are both rich with hair growing nutrients.