Raw, organic pumpkin seeds have been used to treat a variety of parasitic and other ailments since the colonists first came to the New World and discovered the benefits of this Native American crop.
The flesh and seeds of the pumpkin were used by the Native American tribes to:
- heal wounds
- cure kidney ailments and urinary problems
- as a parasitic treatment on humans.
In recent times, herbalists have discovered that the seeds of the pumpkin also work as an effective deworming agent against tapeworms and other intestinal parasites in dogs and humans.
Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid called cucurbitin, which paralyzes and eliminates the worms from the digestive tract.
Pumpkin seeds have other health benefits too – they are loaded with protein, amino acids, fiber, iron, copper, phosphorus and magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, folic acid and niacin; all important nutrients to your pet’s overall good health.
Here are some benefits of feeding pumpkin seeds for dogs:
Antioxidants, fatty acids in pumpkin seeds promote dog's urinary health
The antioxidants and fatty acids found in these seeds are essential to encouraging urinary health and in alleviating and preventing urinary tract infections. Pumpkin seed oil can assist older dogs suffering from an overactive bladder. Additionally, the seeds can help to avoid and dislodge kidney stones.
Pumpkin seeds provide a natural way of fighting canine parasites
Pumpkin seeds contain an important amino acid called cucurbitacin, and it can be used to rid a dog’s body of parasites and worms. Cucurbitacin paralyzes and eliminates these intestinal bugs by acting as a deworming agent. It is particularly effective against roundworms and tapeworms.
Pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory benefits for the dogs
High in Omega-3 fatty acids, pumpkin seeds can alleviate inflammation, making them a key ingredient in the fight against conditions that affect aging dogs such as arthritis and hip or elbow dysplasia.
Pumpkin seeds may benefit dogs with benign prostatic hyperplasia
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or prostate gland enlargement, occurs in many male dogs nine years of age or older. Pumpkin seeds can help regulate this condition and prevent it from causing serious discomfort in your dog.
Pumpkin seeds have lipids that provide “good” fats to the dog's body
Lipids are “good” fats that the body needs to survive. Pumpkin seeds have plenty of both types of beneficial fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. These fats are responsible for lowering bad cholesterol levels and promoting good cholesterol.
Vitamins E and K may improve dog's cardiovascular health
As a fat-soluble vitamin, Vitamin E protects cells from free radicals and lowers blood pressure. Vitamin K contributes to proper bone growth and maintenance, as well as encouraging the skin to heal after an injury. Aside from causing blood clot formation after tissue damage, Vitamin K also prevents bleeding through blood cell aggregation.
Pumpkin seeds contain many vital minerals for dog's body function
The following critical minerals can be found in significant supply within pumpkin seeds:
• Potassium for muscle support
• Zinc for immune function, hormone regulation, and brain activity
• Iron, phosphorus, and magnesium for red blood cell function
• Calcium for strong, healthy bone and teeth growth, as well as fighting cancers