An occasional leaky bladder isn’t quite as easy to fix as a leaky faucet, but can be equally – if not more – annoying. Thankfully, there are natural ways to strengthen your pipes. One of the most surprising solutions? Snacking on pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkins were a staple food of the Native Americans, who utilized them for both dietary and medicinal needs. While original research showed benefits for prostate health, new studies have found pumpkin seed provides equally significant support for bladder health in women.†
These tasty little seeds are nutritional powerhouses – packed full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Recent research has focused on pumpkin’s phytosterol components. Clinical studies reveal that these phytosterols can significantly impact urinary tract health by helping maintain hormone balance.†
If pumpkin seeds aren’t your favorite snack, there are supplements available that deliver the healthful properties in capsule form. Better Bladder™ for Women contains powerful pumpkin skin seed extract for healthy bladder strength in women.† It provides a concentrated, 18 to 1 extract of pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) seed extract, and uses patented processing to remove the fat soluble components from the seed. This yields a more potent extract, which has been clinically shown to promote urinary tract and bladder health.†
If you like to cook, try mixing up this delicious pesto with pumpkin seed from Delicious Living magazine:
Pumpkin Seed, Basil and Miso Pesto
This versatile pesto can be served as a sandwich spread, dolloped onto pasta or added to a sauté of your favorite seasonal vegetables.
2 tablespoons shelled pumpkin seeds
2 cups basil leaves, tightly packed
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons chickpea miso or regular miso
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Toast pumpkin seeds for 5 minutes.
2. Place seeds and all remaining ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
% fat calories: 58