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Side Effects Of Pumpkin

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Pumpkin side effectsHave you ever thought about the side effects of pumpkin, the popular Halloween gourd, which has several uses in cooking? We eat most of the parts of this gourd-like squash, be it fleshy shell, leaves, seeds and even flowers. Furthermore, this delight of Halloween season has several health benefits. So, it becomes important to unravel the side effects if any, of pumpkin. Read further to know about them.


 


Some Side Effects Of Pumpkin


 


Ejaculation Disorder


Pumpkin is considered safe if eaten in judicious quantity but in excess amount it is associated with ejaculation disorders in men. If such symptoms are noticed, one should immediately consult a health care provider.


 


Effects On Pregnant And Breast-Feeding Women


There are no confirmed reports on the side effects or efficacy of pumpkins in pregnant and nursing women. So, to remain on the safer side, the fruit should only be taken in food amounts during these stages.


 


Stomach Ache


Stomach ache is one of the side effects of pumpkin seeds. Most of us relish the seeds in different forms but it has been found that it’s excessive consumption results into stomach ache. In certain cases, it can also lead to loss of appetite and diarrhea.


 


Drug Interactions


Pumpkin is devoid of any serious drug interference but it’s interaction with Lithium can’t be overlooked. It has a diuretic effect so consumption of pumpkin can interfere with the flushing of lithium from the body. This in turn can accumulate lithium in the body and one may suffer from several side effects related to lithium deposition. So, if an individual is on lithium medication, he should consult a doctor to adjust the lithium dose and also restrict the consumption of pumpkin.


 


From the abovementioned information, you must have got a fair idea on the side effects of pumpkin. Furthermore, you might have got relaxed as none of the negative effects are worrisome, albeit you just need to take precautions and reap the health benefits of pumpkin.


 


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