Cucurbita pepo Linnaeus
Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo Linnaeus
) is a well-known edible plant that has substantial medicinal properties. It contains several phyto-constituents belonging to the categories of alkaloids, flavonoids, and palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids. Pumpkin seeds have been known in folk medicine as remedy for kidney, bladder and prostate disorders since centuries
Pumpkin seeds have been proven to be effective in controlling gastrointestinal helminths in poultry.
Burn wound healing
Several studies conducted on rats have shown evidence that oil extracted from pumpkins are beneficial for quicker healing of burns.
Summary of Poultry-Associated Research Studies involving Pumpkin
|Essential oil||Broilers||5 to 10 g/kg||20 days||Decrease in cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations in plasma||H Hajati et al., 2011|
|Seed oil||Broilers||0.5 g/kg||42 days||Improved feed conversion ratio||M Abouhosseini et al., 2016|
|Seed meal||Broilers||10%||49 days||no adverse effects||Y Martinez et al., 2010|
|Seed meal||Ostrich||1 g/kg diet||7 days||Effective in controlling gastrointestinal helminths||T Ferreira et al., 2012|