This is my favorite natural hair nutrient because it is one of the few backed up by scientific study with impressive results. In a randomized, double-blind placebo controlled study, 76 men experiencing varying degrees of androgenic alopecia took 400 mg of pumpkin seed oil or a placebo daily for 24 weeks. Afterward, not only did the men who received the pumpkin seed oil score their satisfaction rates higher than those receiving a placebo, measurements confirmed their average hair counts were 40% greater than when they had started!
How Pumpkin Seed Oil Works
Pumpkin seed oil works along a couple of pathways. First, it blocks the action of 5-alpha reductase in the body through the action of beta-sitosterol, a healthy plant fat. Blocking this steroid hormone means that testosterone can’t metabolize into Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. And that’s important because DHT attacks hair follicles, weakening and killing them over time. Second, Pumpkin seed oil is high in zinc. Zinc is a vital hair nutrient. A common symptom of zinc deficiency is hair loss. The dual pathway action of this amazing oil makes it a powerful ally in your natural hair regrowth treatment regimen.
What to Look For in Pumpkin Seed Oil
It’s important to look for cold-pressed, virgin pumpkin seed oil. Don’t buy it unless you see a reference to this in the product description or label. It comes in capsules or as plain oil. My personal favorite on Amazon is Sulu’s 100% Pure Unrefined Virgin Pumpkin Seed Oil All Natura 36 Oz. It’s all natural, virgin pumpkin seed oil as well as a best value. I put a tablespoon on my cereal or salad, and I’m good to go.
Cho YH, Lee SY, Jeong DW, Choi EJ, Kim YJ, Lee JG, Yi YH, Cha HS. Effect of pumpkin seed oil on hair growth in men with androgenetic alopecia: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2014;2014:549721. doi: 10.1155/2014/549721.