Health Q&A with Dr. Michael Jacobson, D.O.: Pumpkin seeds and raisins for enlarged prostate symptoms?

From the April 2019 issue of Heartfelt Magazine.

Q: Based on reports from, I tried eating pumpkin seeds to combat frequent urination at night. A small handful each day quickly resulted in a dramatic improvement. I’ve been following this regimen and also eating a couple heaping tablespoons of raisins before bed and haven’t had any issues now for years. However, if I’m traveling and skip the seeds, I can start to see negative changes in about three days. Would you endorse this method of dietary treatment for BPH?

Thanks for your informative articles.

A: Thank you for sharing this information. Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (BPH) or enlarged prostate is very common in males, especially over age 50. Most men experience urinary symptoms such as urgency, hesitancy, frequency and nocturia (nighttime urges). BPH causes backwards pressure on the bladder, resulting in incomplete emptying. Since the bladder does not fully empty, its volume reduces, resulting in an increased need to empty and the aforementioned symptoms.

I’ve looked at a couple of studies on pumpkin seed oil and raisins for BPH relief, which are intriguing, but not definitive. However, if it’s working well for you, and particularly if you notice no ill side effects, I see no reason to discontinue. Both are healthy foods—especially in the very moderate amounts you describe.

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