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Old 22nd December 2010, 11:28 AM   #1
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Pumpkin seeds and cholesterol

Wife called me just now, she's watching Dr. Oz. Ozzy mentions that pumpkin seeds are really good for two things; They can potentially lower cholesterol and have benefits for prostate health as well.
Evidently, they contain the equivalent of "plant cholesterol" (phytosterols) which have such effects.
There are numerous references to this on the net, as you'd imagine, though most of the sources seem to be from folks in the "naturopath" area.

Now, I like pumpkin seeds (we used to buy them as "pepitas" from the nut store) and I have high cholesterol (currently taking two different drugs). As well, at 64, the old prostate seems to be following nature's course...
So I'm tempted to try the things. I know where my cholesterol numbers are, since I get checked frequently. Should be fairly simple to see if there's any actual effect.
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Old 22nd December 2010, 11:30 AM   #2
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Wife called me just now, she's watching Dr. Oz. Ozzy mentions that pumpkin seeds are really good for two things; They can potentially lower cholesterol and have benefits for prostate health as well.
Evidently, they contain the equivalent of "plant cholesterol" (phytosterols) which have such effects.
There are numerous references to this on the net, as you'd imagine, though most of the sources seem to be from folks in the "naturopath" area.

Now, I like pumpkin seeds (we used to buy them as "pepitas" from the nut store) and I have high cholesterol (currently taking two different drugs). As well, at 64, the old prostate seems to be following nature's course...
So I'm tempted to try the things. I know where my cholesterol numbers are, since I get checked frequently. Should be fairly simple to see if there's any actual effect.
How many do you have to eat?
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Old 22nd December 2010, 12:08 PM   #3
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There may be better sources than pumpkin seeds.

Food................................Serving....... ............Phytosterols (mg)
Wheat germ.................... cup (57 g) ......................197
Sesame oil......................1 tablespoon (14 g)..............118
Corn oil...........................1 tablespoon (14 g).............102
Canola oi........................1 tablespoon (14 g).............. 92
Peanuts .........................1 ounce (28 g)..................... 62
Wheat bran .................... cup (29 g)........................58
Almonds .........................1 ounce (28 g).................... 39
Brussels sprouts .............. cup (78 g)........................34
Rye bread.........................2 slices (64 g).....................33
Macadamia nuts ..............1 ounce (28 g)......................33
Olive oil ..........................1 tablespoon (14 g)..............22
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Old 22nd December 2010, 01:24 PM   #4
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Where is your list in that link?

This source says Pumpkin seeds have 265mg/100g .

http://www.suite101.com/content/heal...n-seeds-a45555

Which equals 2.65mg per gram of seeds, which is higher than some of the items in your list , while others in your list are significantly higher than the pumpkin seeds.

The list would be more informative if is ranked the items according to mg of phytosterols per gram of each item with pumpkin seeds included in the mix..
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Old 22nd December 2010, 05:14 PM   #6
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Interesting that good old wheat germ should top the list, used to be a standard "health food" when I was a kid....
I noted when I looked at the local grocery that pumpkin seeds are not exactly easy to find; there were plenty of sunflower seeds and tons of various kinds of "trail mix" including stuff that's supposedly tailored for various health benefits... But not pumpkin seed one.
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According to this reference found on wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytosterol), plant sterols do help reduce cholesterol.

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/....full.pdf+html
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