A Review on Pharmacological Activities and Utilization Technologies of Pumpkin

Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2006 Jun;61(2):73-80. doi: 10.1007/s11130-006-0016-6.

Abstract

Dietary plants and herbal preparations have been traditionally used as medicine in developing countries and obtained a resurgence of use in the United States and Europe. Research carried out in last few decades has validated several such claims of use of traditional medicine plants. Popularity of pumpkin in various systems of traditional medicine for several ailments (antidiabetic, antihypertensive, antitumor, immunomodulation, antibacterial, antihypercholesterolemia, intestinal antiparasitia, antiinflammation, antalgic) focused the investigators' attention on this plant. Considerable evidence from several epidemiological studies concerning bioactivities leads have stimulated a number of animal model, cell culture studies and clinical trials designed to test this pharmacological actions. In addition, it was found that technologies such as germination and fermentation could reduce antinutritional materials and affect the pharmacological activities of pumpkin. This review will focus on the main medicinal properties and technologies of pumpkin, and point out areas for future research to further elucidate mechanisms whereby this compound may reduce disease risk.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cucurbita* / chemistry
  • Fermentation
  • Food Handling / methods*
  • Food Technology
  • Germination
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional*
  • Nutritive Value
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*

Substances

  • Plant Extracts