Pumpkin seeds
Incontinence,  Nutrition

Pumpkin Seeds: The Secret TO OAB?

The leaves are changing, and temperatures are dropping, which can only mean one thing. It’s that time of year again! I don’t know about you ladies, but I’m in the mood for anything and everything pumpkin. If you’re a big fan of pumpkin like me, and you’re looking to add a healthy dose of crunch to your diet, might I suggest a healthy big dose of pumpkin seeds? One of my favorite snacks happens to be pumpkin seeds, and you would not believe some of the benefits these little seeds can reap!

Pumpkin Seeds And Bladder Leaks: What’s The Deal? 

Let’s get down to the good stuff, shall we? It’s estimated that at least 13 million adults (85 percent of whom are women) deal with bladder incontinence issues. You know, the “gotta-go-right-now” or spontaneous spritz type thing that happens with the bladder. Fortunately, there’s a variety of treatment options out there. However, some doctors may not mention other treatment options, like these, for example. 

A Fall Treat For Sorta Treating Leaks

Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are the edible seeds of a pumpkin. You can usually find them in stores without shells and are green, flat, and oval. There’s been many studies done that suggest that a handful of these guys may be a natural remedy to treat the symptoms of an overactive bladder. Studies done in both humans and animals show a link between eating pumpkin seeds and having fewer spontaneous leaks in both day and night. Plus, it might help with a better sleep routine. For some added protection throughout the night, don’t forget to try out Lily Bird pads or underwear. They’re perfect to pair with our newest, little secret.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Like the name suggests, pumpkin seed oil comes from pumpkin seeds, and luckily, the oil has just as many benefits when it comes to bladder leaks. A study done on 45 people who took pumpkin seed oil found that their overactive bladder symptoms significantly decreased. This study has led to the need for more research relating to pumpkin seeds and managing bladder leaks. 

Other Wonders Of Pumpkin Seeds

Apart from being oh-so-yummy, they have a ton of other wonderful health benefits. The best part is that these seeds are super easy to add to your diet. You can enjoy them in so many ways: a handful mixed into your granola, sprinkled on your fave salad, or just them by themselves. Some of their other benefits include

  • Plenty of valuable nutrients like fiber, protein, magnesium, and iron, just to name a few. 
  • Carotenoids and Vitamin E are really good at helping reduce inflammation and protect cells from harmful free radicals. You’re in luck because pumpkin seeds are packed with these! 
  • Improved heart health due to the various antioxidants and fatty acids. Some animal studies have shown that pumpkin seed oil can reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which are the two main contributors to heart disease. 
  • Lowered blood sugar, which is especially beneficial if you struggle with diabetes. This may be related to pumpkin seeds’ high magnesium content. 
  • A good night’s sleep: I don’t know about you, but I could use a good night’s sleep. Pumpkin seeds are full of tryptophan, which is an amino acid very well known to promote sleep. 

You Can’t Go Wrong With Pumpkin Seeds

Well, there you have it, folks. Not only are these delicious, but they can also help with bladder leaks. If you don’t currently eat them, it might be worth it to start now so you can reap their numerous nutritional benefits. So don’t think about it any longer. Run to the store and grab a bag of these tasty, healthy wonders, and let us know if they helped you cease or decrease leaks. 

If adding these amazing seeds to your diet is helping but still not cutting it, give Lily Bird a try! With convenient shipping straight to your door and friendly service, we’re here to help with all your leaky laughs and dribble dilemmas. 

By Jessica Thomas, MPH