Greetings, men! Paul here, and I've got some great news! I've found an all-natural, little green pill that's great for prostate health. In fact, the ancient Mexicans used it way back in 5500 B.C. and men all over the world still use it today — pumpkin seed! Modern research has revealed that components in pumpkin seeds (the oil in particular) interrupt the onset of cell multiplication in the prostate. This cell multiplication is what leads to an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy - BPH). How does it work? Scientists aren't exactly sure. Can you get the same benefits from pumpkin oil if you just eat the seeds? This is up for debate as well. But eating a handful of raw pumpkin seeds three times a week is commonly recommended. Prostate health aside, eating raw pumpkin seeds has a ton of other benefits (as ancient North Americans have already discovered). Being a rich source of zinc, pumpkin seeds are important for older men because it helps with bone density. Dietary zinc has been proven to help with low bone density, which most people associate with post-menopausal women, but men are at risk, too. In fact, statistics show that 1 in 8 men over 50 years old will have an osteoporotic bone fracture due to low bone density. Pumpkin seeds also have anti-inflammatory compounds that help fight arthritis; they're a very good source of magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus; a good source of iron, copper and protein; and can even help lower cholesterol. With all this, that ancient prostate pill could be considered your new multivitamin! :D
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