Pumpkin Seeds

Cucurbita pepo Linnaeus

Pumpkin seeds


  • Anthelmintic
  • Antidiabetic
  • Antitumor
  • Antiparasitic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiulcer
  • Wound-healing
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. Specific applications relating to poultry include:
  • Deworming: Pumpkin seeds have been proven to be effective in controlling gastrointestinal helminths in some studies.
  • 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

FormSpeciesAmountTime periodResultsRef
Essential oilBroilers5 to 10 g/kg of diet20 daysDecrease in cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations in plasmaH Hajati et al., 2011
Seed oilBroilers0.5 g/kg of diet42 daysImproved feed conversion ratioM Abouhosseini et al., 2016
Seed mealBroilers10% of diet49 daysno adverse effectsY Martinez et al., 2010
Seed mealOstrich1 g/kg of diet7 daysEffective in controlling gastrointestinal helminthsT Ferreira et al., 2012


Scientific References