Having parasites in your body is actually a far more common problem than most people realize.
Be at the wrong place at the wrong time, or eat some sketchy food, and that’s it — they’re in.
What usually follows is a lengthy period of discomfort and a feeling of disgust.
As the parasites get more and more comfortable inside of you, they start sapping your body of nutrition.
Then, they start growing in size — maybe even multiplying.
What a nightmare!
But don’t panic just yet.
Thankfully, there are several effective ways to cleanse your body of parasites.
Besides taking potent drugs like nitazoxanide, there’s many natural remedies you can use as well.
At the top of that list, you’ll find pumpkin seeds.
In this post, we’ll go through the nature of parasitic infections, signs you might be affected, plus why and how to use pumpkin seeds for parasites.
What Are Parasites?
The definition of a parasite is:
“An organism that lives on, or in, another organism (referred to as the host) and benefits at the other’s expense — such as leeching nutrients, for example.”
Many parasitic relationships can actually last for a long time without any obvious negative effects on the host.
In some cases, though, the parasitic infection can quickly become devastating — even lethal.
One of the scariest examples of such a parasite is the cordyceps — a fungus known to create “zombie ants”.
Once its spores have entered an ant’s body, it start’s messing with its brain.
When all is said and done, the fungus kills the ant, before bursting out of its head.
Here’s a video of it in action:
That’s some prime nightmare fuel right there.
Don’t worry, though:
These zombifying-fungi only work on insects, not on you and me.
Parasites That Affect Humans
While we don’t have to worry about killer fungus exploding our brains, we can still be infected by other horrible parasites.
There are 3 different types that affect us humans:
These include flatworms, tapeworms, thorny-headed worms, pinworms — basically, WORMS.
They mainly like to stay inside your digestive tract or lymphatic system.
These are one-celled organisms that thrive and reproduce in your tissue or blood.
They can cause plenty of nasty diseases like malaria or giardiasis.
Includes lice, ticks, fleas and other tiny creatures that mainly live on your skin’s surface.
In this post, when we discuss using pumpkin seeds for parasites, we’re talking about the first type — helminths, AKA nasty worms.
Ways You Can Get Parasites
So, how exactly do you end up with a bunch of worms eating away at your insides?
How do they actually make their way into your body in the first place?
Here’s a list of the most common ways you can get infected:
- Breathing contaminated air
- Swimming in infected waters
- Having (really) bad hygiene
- Consuming contaminated water of food (especially raw meat)
- Getting poop in your mouth (always wash your hands after changing diapers or handling animal droppings!)
- Walking through nature with open wounds
As you can see, most of these can be easily avoided if you take the proper precautions.
However, if you slip up one day, or you’re just really unlucky, infection can happen just like that.
Once they’ve made their way into your body, they’ll soon start getting comfortable.
Signs You Might Be Infected
If a parasitic worm has entered your body, it’ll take some time before you notice any obvious symptoms.
Still, once they start appearing, they usually don’t go away.
Here are the top symptoms of having intestinal worms:
- Stomach aches
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Weakened immune system
If you have 3 or more of these symptoms, there’s a good chance you have been infected with a parasite.
If so, action is needed ASAP.
Before starting treatment, though, you should always check with your doctor.
You need to be 100 % sure about what you’re dealing with.
Why Pumpkin Seeds Are Good Against Parasites
Pumpkin seeds have long been used as a traditional remedy for intestinal parasites — especially tapeworms.
And their popularity seems to be well-earned.
The reaction is believed to be caused by an amino acid in the seeds called cucurbitacin.
This compound effectively paralyzes the leeching worms — making them lose their grip on your insides.
When they lose their grip, it’s much easier to expel them from your body during a bowel movement.
Combined with foods containing natural laxatives, such as prunes, pumpkin seeds could potentially cleanse your body quite quickly.
So, you’ll want to:
- Paralyze the worms with cucurbitacin from pumpkin seeds.
- Flush them out with a boosted bowel movement from a laxative.
Paralyze and flush!
Of course, there’s no guarantees you’ll get them out easily.
However, if you do this over and over, very few (if any) worms will be able to hold onto your intestinal walls.
Eventually, your body should be cleansed.
How Many Do You Need To Eat?
There’s no set amount of pumpkin seeds that is certain to get rid of internal parasites.
It depends on a number of factors, such as your body mass, the size of worms, how long they’ve been there, their numbers etc.
However, a good amount to shoot for is one cup (130 g) a day.
This will ensure that you get plenty of the anti-parasite amino acid.
Eating this amount is also completely doable for most people — even for those who don’t like munching on seeds.
If you still feel like it’s a lot to consume in one sitting, you can do it half and half — 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup before bed time.
How To Use Pumpkin Seeds
How should you go about using pumpkin seeds for parasites?
Well, there are many easy ways to incorporate pumpkin seeds into your diet.
You can simply sprinkle some of them in salads, bake them into bread etc.
However, if you have a parasite problem, you’ll have to go a bit heavier than that.
You need to make sure the worms are properly paralyzed by the cucurbitacin.
As mentioned, this is best done by eating large quantities of the seeds — around one cup a day (or more).
How To Make Pumpkin Seeds Tastier
Naturally, you could just eat the seeds as they are.
However, with the large doses needed, that can get old really quickly.
Instead, I suggest you use one or more recipes to greatly enhance their flavor.
That way, it’ll be much easier and more enjoyable to get them down the hatch.
Before you know it, you’ll have eaten a whole bucketload of seeds, and the parasites are already starting to slip.
Here are 4 fantastic recipes you can use:
- Salted caramel pumpkin seeds
- Turmeric roasted pumpkin seeds
- Taco-lime pumpkin seeds
- Smoky BBQ spiced pumpkin seeds
You can also make pumpkin seed butter, throw them in smoothies or use pumpkin seed oil on your food.
That being said, it’s probably best to eat them whole, whether roasted or raw.
This ensures that you get the maximum amount of amino acids from the seeds, including cucurbitacin.
Other Natural Remedies To Try
Do you have a really nasty case of worms?
If so, you might want to combine pumpkin seeds with other natural remedies.
Some of these are more experimental than others, as they have little-to-no scientific research to back them up.
Still, plenty of people swear by them when it comes to getting rid of intestinal parasites.
With that in mind, it’s probably worth giving them a shot.
Other natural remedies for parasites include:
- Raw garlic
- Coconut oil
- Papaya seeds
These plant-based remedies have few-to-zero side effects to worry about.
On top of that, they also offer a whole bunch of other health benefits as well.
So, don’t be afraid to include them in your deworming routine.
Together with the pumpkin seeds, you can do some serious damage to the parasites.
With that being said, these are best used within the framework of a complete anti-parasite regime — with a mix of conventional and alternative methods.
On that note:
Don’t forget to contact your physician if you feel that you’ve been infected with a parasite.
Getting rid of intestinal worms can in many cases be a long and frustrating affair.
However, with consistency and the right tools, you have a good chance of cleansing your body for good.