Where to Buy Pumpkin Seed Oil Online
Rich, green and delicious, pumpkin seed oil is growing in popularity, both for its unique taste and unusual health benefits.
There are two main types available — the cold pressed oil, primarily used for its nutritional value, and the delicious roasted Styrian pumpkin oil popular for culinary use.
Ahead are the best pumpkin seed oil brands to buy, both in cold pressed and organic oils, as well as gourmet Styrian kuerbiskernoel for your kitchen.
Also, where to find good pumpkin seed oil capsules and the newer pumpkin seed extracts for a healthy urinary tract.
The Best Cold Pressed Pumpkin Seed Oil
For the highest levels of nutrition and for daily use as a supplement for prostate problems, hair loss, skin conditions and other health problems, the cold pressed version of pumpkin seed oil is highly recommended over refined or roasted varieties.
Flora make a popular and highly rated cold pressed and organic pumpkin seed oil that preserves all the important fatty acids and nutritional elements in the oil. After researching the many different pumpkin oil brands, this is the one I decided to use personally.
Another very good option available on Amazon is this new pumpkin seed oil made from organic non GMO seeds grown in the USA. At 16oz this is a big bottle and the label states that it is raw, unfiltered and cold pressed.
Where to Buy Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil at a Low Price
For the best value pumpkin seed oil I’ve found, Omega Nutrition make this great tasting organic oil at a particularly low price.
I wrote to the company to see if their product was raw and got this response back:
“Omega Nutrition Pumpkin Seed Oil is not considered raw because the seeds are minimally heated. The heat could reach a temperature of about 112F, which is truly low and does not affect the oil composition or stability of the product. However, it does add a slightly toasted flavor which makes the pumpkin seed oil more palatable.”
I’ll include them here as this very low temperature would still preserve the important health nutrients. But if you are looking for a truly raw and cold pressed oil, consider buying one of the other two options above.
On the other hand, if you want to buy an organic pumpkin seed oil with a ‘slightly toasted flavor’, but still retaining as many nutrients as possible, and at a very affordable price, then this may be the best option.
Buying Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil Online
Styrian pumpkin oil, also known as kuerbiskernoel, is made by drying and low temperature roasting the seeds from the stripy green and yellow pumpkins from this traditional region of Austria.
Styrian pumpkin’s full botanical name is Cucurbita Pepo Convarietas Citrullinina – Varietas Styriaca (which is quite a mouthful). The seeds are still usually harvested by hand and roasted and pressed by traditional methods.
It takes around 30 pumpkins, each with around 300 seeds, to create just one liter of the oil. It’s for this reason that Styrian pumpkin seed oil costs more than other cheap to produce, and often chemically and heat derived, processed vegetable oils. But many people believe the intense nutty flavor, that goes so well over salads and in other recipes, is well worth it.
For many years, this product was difficult to come by in the USA and very expensive. While it is still considered a gourmet food and hardly cheap, a recent increase in demand has seen more exported from Austria and prices have come down considerably.
If you’d like to give it a try then I recommend this large Austrian pumpkin seed oil made from real Styrian pumpkin seeds. It would make a great culinary oil for the kitchen and is a delicious way to improve your health.
Careful though. People often comment in reviews that they get addicted to the taste of real Styrian pumpkin seed oil.
The Best Pumpkin Seed Oil Capsules
Given that this nutritional oil is sensitive to both light and heat, capsules may be a better option if you only intend to use pumpkin seed oil occasionally. Many people also prefer the convenience of capsules and the clear and simple dosage.
Planetary Herbals offer their cold pressed full spectrum pumpkin seed oil capsules at a very good price with positive reviews for treating both prostate and bladder issues.
These 1000mg softgels are much more potent than most on the market, and at 180 per bottle they look to be the best value pumpkin seed oil capsules per serving.
Water Soluble Pumpkin Seed Extract for Bladder Problems
Pumpkin seed oil is already beneficial for urinary health, but this new kind of water soluble pumpkin seed extract has been shown to be particularly effective against incontinence in studies.
While it’s a shame to miss out on the rich, nutty taste of pumpkin seed oil liquid, older customers most concerned with bladder control could be better off trying daily capsules of pumpkin seed extract first instead of the oil.
Where to Find Pumpkin Seed Oil — Supermarkets, Health Food Stores or Online?
While it’s possible to get both pumpkin seed oil capsules and liquid at big supermarkets like Walmart and Trader Joe’s they don’t seem to be of the best quality. Whole Foods and smaller health food stores often have much higher prices as well.
Personally, I much prefer buying pumpkin seed oil online from Amazon with their extensive range, low prices, simple returns and quick turnover for freshness.
Remember, whether you choose Styrian kuerbiskernoel, organic pumpkin seed oil or prefer the convenience of capsules, it’s important to take it regularly, preferably daily with a main meal, for the most noticeable health benefits.
There’s much more on using pumpkin seed oil to protect against hair loss and prostate problems here and a detailed description of its many other health benefits in this article.
Photo 1 credit with thanks: Roberto Verzo
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