Pumpkin seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids (particularly palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic). These play a vital role in ensuring normal cell growth, the youthful and supple quality of skin and other tissues, production and movement of energy in the body. It also contains high levels of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant which inhibits the ageing process, and a number of minerals, primarily zinc, iron and potassium. Pumpkin seed oil has traditionally been used as a cure for a range of health problems. Modern studies have confirmed its ability to prevent and treat the following ailments: prostate and bladder problems, arthritis, kidney stones, irritable bowel syndrome and high cholesterol levels.