Pumpkin seed oil helps woman with UTI Q.
My husband uses roasted pumpkin seed oil on his salads. He learned to love it growing up in Austria, where it is very popular. One evening I read that it is good for urological issues. I’ve been plagued with urinary tract infections, and often have to get up in the middle of the night to trek to the bathroom. I decided to give it a try.
Even though I was very skeptical, I am thrilled. I’ve taken pumpkin seed oil capsules for probably two years or more, and I haven’t had a UTI in more than a year. Also, I do not get up at night any longer. UTIs are a nightmare, so this is a real benefit.
A. Pumpkin seed oil has been used to treat symptoms such as nocturia (frequent nighttime urination) and overactive bladder (Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, January-March 2014). We could find no studies demonstrating that pumpkin seed oil can prevent urinary tract infections.
A. Cinnamon can help reduce the rapid rise in blood sugar that happens after eating something that is quickly digested, like sugar or white bread (Journal of Diabetes Research, online, July 14, 2015). Cinnamon can be taken as powder or tea, but we think tea is better. The components of cinnamon that lower blood sugar are water-soluble, so they are carried safely in tea. Coumarin is a toxic compound that is found in some cinnamon. It is not water-soluble but you could get some in ground cinnamon.
Not all cinnamon in the supermarket is the same. Cinnamomum cassia, the most common type, has more coumarin than Cinnamomum vera, Ceylon cinnamon. You can learn more about this fascinating spice and get recipes for its use in our book “Spice Up Your Health.” It may be ordered at peoplespharmacy. com. To order by mail, please send a check for $15.95 plus $4 shipping and handling to: Graedon Enterprises (SUYH), PO Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027.
A. Vitex agnus-castus (chasteberry) has been used traditionally to treat women’s reproductive problems, particularly premenstrual syndrome. An Italian study of postmenopausal women suffering with hot flashes and night sweats found that a combination of Vitex with magnolia and soy isoflavones alleviated both symptoms (Nutrients, Feb. 13, 2017).