Pumpkin rinds contain a protein that may help fight against fungal infections, researchers report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
The protein, called Pr-2, exhibited
antifungal effects against 10 different species, including Candida albicans,
which is a common cause of yeast infections and diaper rash. Pr-2 also inhibited the
growth of several fungi that are known to infect crops. The authors suggest
that Pr-2 may work by targeting the cell wall of the fungi. However, the protein did not exhibit
Although the results are promising,
additional research is needed before a firm conclusion can be made.
Pumpkin has traditionally been used to treat many other types of medical conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, but evidence of effectiveness has not been proven.
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