“The time of [worm] paralysis was 1.88±0.52 minute and 1.93 ±0.57 minute whereas the time of [worm] death was 3.45 ±0.17 minute and 4.90±0.18 minute in the case of Carica papaya (papaya seeds) and Cucurbita (pumpkin seeds) maxima respectively” (1).
Furthermore, phyto-chemicals known as cucurbitacins (found in both pumpkin and squash seeds) have been found to fight Plasmodium berghei-simulated malaria infection in animals by shutting down the parasite’s inter-cellular development (2).
What does this mean? That active compounds in these edible seeds can potentially paralyze, inhibit the growth, and actually destroy intestinal/ blood-born parasites! Amazing!
Not afraid of worms? Pumpkin seeds and oil have shown good effect on reducing an enlarged prostate gland (3). Don’t have a prostate? Even on a general note… these seeds are nutrient powerhouses! Enjoy!
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1) Sengupta Rupa et al / Int. J. Res. Ayurveda Pharm. 4(4), Jul–Aug 2013
2) Bioorg Med Chem. 2011 Dec 15;19(24):7474-81.
3) Urol Int. 2015;94(3):286-95.