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What are some side effects of pumpkin seeds?

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Pumpkin seeds when eaten as a snack have a diuretic effect on the body, according to WebMD. A chemical in pumpkin seeds is also thought to kill intestinal worms. Some health experts recommend consumption of pumpkin seeds to relieve discomfort of the bladder.

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The oil and seeds of pumpkin are sometimes recommended for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as BPH. BPH causes problems with urination. Both the oil and seeds of the pumpkin are used for treating kidney infections and bladder problems. Because pumpkin is a food, it is generally considered safe. However, eating pumpkin may cause ejaculatory problems in men, and doctors do not recommend pregnant or lactating women eat excessive amounts of pumpkin, since medicinal uses of pumpkin have not been studied among these women.

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