Nuts & Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds Side effects and allergic reaction

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.

  1. Headache
  2. Stomach ache
  3. Gastric troubles
  4. Diarrhea or loose stool

Abdominal Ache

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.

Drug interaction

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:

  1. Excessive urination
  2. Frequent urination at night
  3. Along with diuretics
  4. 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.

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh is a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist with B.A.M.S. and M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants. He has a wealth of experience in using Ayurveda to treat patients, including the use of herbal medicine and personalized Ayurvedic diets. His passion for spreading accurate and scientific information about Ayurveda and Medicinal Plants led him to create Ayur Times, a trusted resource for those seeking reliable information on the topic. Through his dedicated work, Dr. Singh has helped thousands of patients find relief and improve their health with Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine.

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