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Is pumpkin seed oil good for hair?

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From its use in culinary delicacies to its growing popularity in skincare, pumpkin seed oil is gaining attention in various spheres. But, is pumpkin seed oil good for hair? In this article, we delve into the benefits, research, and application of this nutrient-rich oil.

Understanding Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin seed oil, extracted from the seeds of the pumpkin plant, is a powerhouse of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and other nutrients that can contribute to hair health. The oil has a rich history; it has been produced since 1938, with Benvolio being a pioneer in the market. Specializing in premium, organic, and specialty seed oils, Benvolio ensures that the full benefits of pumpkin seed oil reach consumers with minimal processing interference.

Benefits of Pumpkin seed oil for hair

A growing body of research hints at several potential pumpkin seed oil benefits for hair rich in Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs): These essential nutrients, especially linoleic acid, help maintain the natural oil barrier of the scalp, keeping it moisturized and preventing dryness and hair breakage[1]High in Carotenoids and Tocopherols: Both compounds possess strong antioxidant properties[5]. They can protect hair follicles from free radical damage, supporting hair health and promoting growth[1]. 

Contains Phenolic Compounds and Phytosterols: These compounds have antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties, potentially reducing inflammation and oxidative stress in hair follicles, promoting hair health, and aiding growth[1][3][4].However, while these elements suggest possible benefits, more research is needed to definitively establish a cause-and-effect relationship between pumpkin seed oil and hair.

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Does Pumpkin Seed Oil Block DHT?

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone derived from testosterone, is often linked to hair loss, particularly in the case of androgenetic alopecia (AGA)[2]. In some individuals, hair follicles are more sensitive to DHT, leading to hair follicle miniaturization and eventually hair loss. By potentially blocking the enzyme 5α-reductase that converts testosterone to DHT, pumpkin seed oil might help slow
down or even prevent hair loss[3]However, again, we must stress that more research is needed to establish a solid link. Topical use of pumpkin seed oil-loaded niosomes, a type of nanocarrier, has
shown promise in preliminary studies, inhibiting 5α-reductase activity, reducing hair loss, and promoting hair growth[7]. This might be an approach worth exploring in the future.
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Is Pumpkin seed oil good for hair?

Looking to incorporate pumpkin seed oil into your hair regimen? Here is a step-by-step guide:

Instructions

  • Choose high-quality, cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil. Cold-pressed oils retain more nutrients, ensuring you get the full benefits.
  • Before use, make sure your hair is clean and slightly damp for better penetration
  • Warm a small amount of oil in your hands and gently massage into your scalp, focusing on areas of thinning hai
  • If desired, apply the oil to your hair length and distribute evenly, concentrating on the ends to prevent split ends and breakage
  • Let the oil absorb for at least 30 minutes, or leave it on overnight for a more intensive treatment.
  • Rinse and wash your hair with your regular shampoo and conditioner to remove excess oil.
  • Repeat this process at least once a week for best results.Despite the promising benefits, remember that the use of pumpkin seed oil is not a definitive cure for hair loss or a guarantee of hair health improvement. However, with its rich nutrient profile, pumpkin seed oil can certainly be a beneficial addition to your hair care routine.
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References:

  1. Ahmad, Z. (2010). The uses and properties of almond oil. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 16(1), 10–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.06.015
  2. Cho, Y.H., Lee, S.Y., Jeong, D.W., Choi, E.J., Kim, Y.J., Lee, J.G., Yi, Y.H., & Cha, H.S. (2014). Effect of Pumpkin Seed Oil on Hair Growth in Men with Androgenetic Alopecia: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2014, 549721.https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/549721
  3. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA). (2012). Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to: anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins (ID 1787, 1788, 1789, 1790, 1791); sodium alginate and ulva (ID 1873); vitamins, minerals, trace elements and standardised ginseng G115 extract (ID 8, 1673, 1674); vitamins, minerals, lysine and/or arginine and/or taurine (ID 6, 1676, 1677); plant-based preparation for use in beverages (ID 4210, 4211); Carica papaya L. (ID 2007); “fish protein” (ID 651); acidic water-based, non-alcoholic flavoured beverages containing calcium in the range of 0,3 to 0,8 mol per litre (ID 1170); royal jelly (ID 1225, 1226, 1227, 1228, 1230, 1231, 1232, 1233, 1234, 1235, 1236); foods low in cholesterol (ID 624); and foods low in trans-fatty acids (ID 672, 4333) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal, 10(7), 2812. https://doi.org/10.2903/j.efsa.2012.2812
  4. Gossell-Williams, M., Hyde, C., Hunter, T., Simms-Stewart, D., Fletcher, H., McGrowder, D., & Walters, C.A. (2006). Improvement in HDL cholesterol in postmenopausal women supplemented with pumpkin seed oil: pilot study. Climacteric, 9(5), 375–377 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21545273/
  5. Shimizu, T., & Hino, A. (2019). The Investigation of the Oxidative Stability of Pumpkin Seed Oils with Different Fatty Acid Content. Journal of Oleo Science, 68(8), 783–790. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33223288/
  6. Gossell-Williams, M., Hyde, C., Hunter, T., Simms-Stewart, D., Fletcher, H., McGrowder, D., & Walters, C.A. (2006). Improvement in HDL cholesterol in postmenopausal women supplemented with pumpkin seed oil: pilot study. Climacteric, 9(5), 375–377 https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules170910306
  7. Zilic, S., Barac, M., Pesic, M., Dodig, D., & Ignjatovic-Micic, D. (2012). Characterization of proteins from grain of different bread and durum wheat genotypes. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 13(9), 11379–11395https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22016634/

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