One of our most powerful defenses against hair loss comes in one of the smallest packages. Aside from their use in delicious recipes, pumpkin seeds (cucurbita pepo) have been used throughout the world for centuries to treat a number of ailments. The strength of pumpkin seeds lies primarily in their anti-inflammatory properties.
First produced in Austria during the seventeenth century, pumpkin seed oil is made by expeller-pressing toasted, hulled pumpkin seeds to extract the rich tocopherols (antioxidants), essential fatty acids, and trace minerals that give it anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. This oil has been used by the people of Central America on everything from infections to sprains and in Chinese and Indian medicine as a treatment for baldness.
The success of pumpkin seed oil in the fight against hair loss is largely due to its anti-inflammatory components, including tocopherols and linoleic acid. While it is loaded with important nutrients and minerals, pumpkin seed oil is thought to be particularly beneficial for men and women experiencing hair loss because of its ability to inhibit the expression of type II 5α-reductase as a result of inflammation. Proliferation of this enzyme allows dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to bind to scalp tissues, one of the leading causes of hair loss. Additionally, chronic scalp inflammation is strongly correlated with hair loss and can lead to plaque build up in the blood vessels supporting the hair follicles. This build up reduces blood flow and oxygen delivery to scalp hair follicles, causing them to shrink and interrupting the hair cycle.
Our Activating Serum soothes the scalp and supports healthy hair follicles. With its natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, pumpkin seed oil is an essential ingredient in supporting a healthy head of hair. We’d love to hear about your experience with pumpkin seeds and answer any questions you have! Connect with us in the comments below.