Cucurbita; Squash; Pumpkin: seeds
Winter squash (Cucurbita) seeds, including that of pumpkin, have health benefits. Pumpkin seeds are useful for lowering dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and are also useful against certain parasites.
Curcurbita is the genus of plant referred to as squash. It belongs to the gourd (Cucurbitaceae) family, which includes watermelons and cantaloupe.
Winter squash is defined by certain squash that is left to grow through more seasons to a larger size. Pumpkin is a winter squash that includes varieties of Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata.
Shelled winter squash seeds have hormonal effects. They are useful for lessening the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), by containing phytochemicals which bind to this potent androgen. However, pumpkin seeds can lower (aromatase) androgen to estrogen conversion.
Pumpkin seed has an effect against hormone receptive cancer cells.
Other than for breast enhancement
Pumpkin seeds are useful against certain parasites.
As an anti-wormer (anthlemintic), winter squash seeds have a limited effect against particular intestinal parasites. Seeds of Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata had an effect against some, but not all, types of intestinal worms. Towards certain species of intestinal worms, Cucurbita pepo harmed parasite development, ability, larva and eggs.
Berberine and palmatine contained in Cucurbita pepo seeds have an effect against Toxoplasma gondii. However, there is uncertainty as to how effective Cucurbita is against this parasitic protozoa.
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa), oatmeal (Avena), Nettle (Urtica) and Prunus (including pygeum) also have anti-DHT properties, as well as anti-aromatase properties. Anti-aromtase properties are usually not needed in large quantities for breast enhancement. These herbs are typically mentioned for male health.
If you have hirsutism, PCOS, hot-flashes, other signs of hormone imbalances, see estrogen-imbalance and treating hirsutism program before trying herbs. See precautions for more details of care to be taken with herb use. Proper nutrition is a consideration for health. Also, check for the latest blog updates about herb and hormone safety.
Herb concentrates can be tens of times more potent by weight than herbs in solid form. This can easily lead to hormone imbalances. For this reason, concentrate extracts are not recommended for extended or excessive internal use, especially during fertility years. Concentrates shouldn't be used to overcome plateaus. Another issue with herbal extracts, is that they may not have the full range of properties of the herb. Essential oils are not recommended for breast enhancement. If opting to use herb extracts, use no more than 1 drop at a time diluted in a food-grade carrier oil (like unrefined olive oil), or water.
Pictures of breast enhancement can be seen at the past program blogs of Bubblemelon and anon02.
breast-endocrinology.pdf describes the science of breast development and endocrinology. It also describes symptoms related to hormone imbalances. Biology and hormone imbalances are excerpts from this ebook. breast-endocrinology.pdf uses a Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 4.0) license.
super-bazongas.pdf is the 2nd volume that is a breast enhancement guide. It continues with a theory of herb use for breast development, and the application for herb use. This volume is free for personal and fair use.
For resources on hips and butt enhancement, see: /appendix/hips-butt-enhancement and /appendix/kettlebell.
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- The role of Cucurbita pepo in the management of patients affected by lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia: A narrative review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27377091.
- Pumpkin seed extract: Cell growth inhibition of hyperplastic and cancer cells, independent of steroid hormone receptors. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26976217.
- Evaluation of Anthelmintic Activity and Composition of Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L.) Seed Extracts—In Vitro and in Vivo Studies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5037735/.
Etymology & Definitions:
- Encyclopædia Britannica: Squash. https://www.britannica.com/plant/squash.
- Encyclopædia Britannica: Pumpkin. https://www.britannica.com/plant/pumpkin.
- The Plant List: Cucurbita. http://www.theplantlist.org/1.1/browse/A/Cucurbitaceae/Cucurbita/.