Pumpkin as vegetable and its juice is safe. You can consider it safe it you are not using it in excess amount and continuously for more than a month. However, some remedial uses of pumpkin seeds are recommended for long-term use, they may be safe if taken as per instructions from naturopath or herbalist.
Pumpkin seed side effects
Pumpkin seeds can cause following side effects:
Allergic reaction (Pumpkin seed allergy)
Scientific studies have shown that about five out of 100 subjects had a reaction that is related to the therapy with pumpkin seeds. Its seeds are operative for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia. They cause milk allergic reaction in these people characterized by rashes and itching.
If you experience any hives or allergic symptoms such as itching, hives, blisters in mouth, swelling on the face or lips, you may have allergic reaction to pumpkin seeds. You should consider urgent medical care.
If you are allergic to other seeds, you may also allergic to pumpkin seeds, so you should also consider it before using pumpkin seeds as medicine or before including in your diet.
Pumpkin seed intolerance
Generally, allergic reaction to pumpkin seeds is very rare. However, pumpkin seed allergy is misunderstood with pumpkin seed intolerance in most of cases. Excess use of pumpkin seeds is responsible for intolerance. The following symptoms appear if a person cannot tolerate the use of pumpkin seeds.
- Stomach ache
- Gastric troubles
- Diarrhea or loose stool
If you are eating pumpkin seeds by chewing them instead of its powder, you can experience abdominal pain. It occurs if you have not chewed pumpkin seeds well.
Pumpkin seeds in excess amount are not well digestible and it gives stress on digestive system. It may lead to loose stools or diarrhea. Some of fatty oils from pumpkin seeds and oil are not being absorbed in the intestinal tract, which cause intolerance to seeds and lead to diarrhea. It generally stops when you stop using pumpkin seeds.
If you plan to use pumpkin seeds and diuretics like furosemide at one fell swoop, you will require to refer a health care support or to consult your own doctor first for the reason that collaborations are conceivable.
An anti-nutrient influence
When you eat pumpkin seeds, be alert that they have latent anti-nutrient properties, according to scientific studies. Anti-nutrients are mixtures that can inhibit with immersion of other nutrition.
Contraindications of pumpkin seeds
There is very little information regarding the contraindications of pumpkin seeds, but it is theoretically contraindicated in following cases:
- Excessive urination
- Frequent urination at night
- Along with diuretics
- Low blood pressure
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Pumpkin seeds can cause diuresis (excessive urination) in pregnant women due to its diuretic action, so pregnant women should avoiding using pumpkin seeds.
There are little evidences that support the use of pumpkin seeds to increase breast milk. However, it is used to increase milk production in nursing women. You should stay on safe side and take pumpkin seeds as diet, not as medicine.
Studies show that the use of pumpkin seeds as well as its juice is very beneficial; however, excessive intake may lead to several problems that will react to the body. Therefore, the perfect quantity is necessary to for fitness as well as better health.