Pumpkin seeds

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 Question mark: This treatment has not been properly researched. It is not possible to say whether they are useful or not.

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  • 1 smileyThese treatments are promising and may be useful. They have some evidence to support them, but more evidence is needed to be sure they work.
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What is it?

Pumpkin seeds are the small, dried edible seeds that come from pumpkins. They are also called pepitas.

How does it work?

Pumpkin seeds are nutritionally dense and contain many essential vitamins and minerals. It is not known how pumpkin seeds might help depression.

Is it effective?

There is no scientific evidence looking at the use of pumpkin seeds to treat depression.

Are there any disadvantages?

None are known.

Where do you get it?

Pumpkin seeds are widely available in supermarkets and health food shops.

Recommendation

Given the lack of evidence on pumpkin seeds, it cannot be recommended as a treatment for depression.

Last updated and reviewed: 1 November 2019