Is pumpkin seed the secret to stopping bladder leaks?

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If you’re among the millions of people who struggle with bladder issues, you know how frustrating and disruptive they can be. From the constant need to dash to the loo to the embarrassing leaks, bladder problems can take a toll on your quality of life. But what if we told you that a simple, natural remedy could help alleviate these issues? 

We’ve teamed up with Jude, a bladder care company on a mission to tackle bladder incontinence, to help give us an insight into how pumpkin seed ; the main ingredient in their Bladder Control Supplement, could be the secret ingredient you are looking for to stop bladder leaks.

'Pepitas', Green Pumpkin Seeds
‘Pepitas’, Green Pumpkin Seeds

The Science Behind Pumpkin Seeds

Did you know that pumpkin seeds, and more specifically, pumpkin seed oil, have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat bladder problems? But don’t just take our word for it – there’s plenty of scientific research that has supported the efficacy of this little seed.

Lucy Jones, Consultant Dietician, explains the role of pumpkin seeds in our diet:

“They (pumpkin seed) are packed full of essential nutrients, things like potassium, magnesium and zinc. One of the things they do is help to dilate blood vessels and therefore help bladder muscles to relax. This muscle relaxation helps reduce the urge to go to the loo. And that’s probably why these have been used as a traditional herbal remedy for urinary symptoms for many, many years.”

Pumpkin seeds also contain phytoestrogens, and these work in harmony with your bladder and pelvic area to improve control and alleviate urinary incontinence. When we consume phytoestrogens, whether through diet or supplementation, the benefit to the bladder includes relaxation of the bladder muscles, improved control in the pelvic floor and less of those frustrating dashes for the loo. That’s why pumpkin seed extract, bursting with phytoestrogens are part of the powerful botanical blend in Jude’s Bladder Control Supplement

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Can pumpkin seed help Overactive Bladder and Urge Incontinence?

Overactive bladder (OAB) and urge incontinence are two of the most common bladder issues, affecting millions of people worldwide. OAB is characterised by a sudden, intense urge to urinate that’s difficult to control, while urge incontinence involves the involuntary leakage of urine due to this urgency. 

Several studies have shown the benefits of pumpkin seed in the treatment of OAB and urgency, and the results are promising. Developed in partnership with urogynecologists and doctors, Jude’s Bladder Control Supplement showed that 66% of people saw an improvement in their OAB and urgency in just 12 weeks – and a huge reduction in excessive night-time wees too, also known as ‘nocturia’.

Bladder issues are also often linked to weakened pelvic floor muscles, which contribute to incontinence and other problems. As pumpkin seeds are a rich source of magnesium, they help to improve the pelvic floor and offer a vital role in muscle function and relaxation. This offers better control over your pelvic floor muscles as a result. 

Don’t forget that doing your pelvic floor exercises is important (for both men and women!). This helps the phytoestrogens boost your hard work and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to give you better control, tone and stop those frustrating leaks.  

Jude’s Supplement has been a welcome relief for people experiencing bladder problems. Here, some Jude customers explain how taking the supplements has improved their quality of life.

Sharon says:

“Jude has helped me so much, even within the first few weeks of taking it – I’ve slept all night, and no up and down to the loo for me since the 3rd night of taking Jude!” 

Meanwhile, Elizabeth says Jude’s supplements have helped her take back control of her life. She raves:

“I have now been taking Jude for over a year and life is amazing. I am still doing my long walk, have a 116-mile walk in September, with no worries about finding toilets on route. I usually sleep through the night now as well. I would recommend Jude to anyone who experiences bladder problems, it can literally change your life!”

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How to add more pumpkin seed to your diet for your bladder health

So now that we know the benefits of pumpkin seed for your bladder – how on earth can you pack them into your diet? 

Firstly, taking a supplement that includes pumpkin seed is the most effective way to increase your consumption – and get the most benefit from these humble little seeds! Jude’s Bladder Control Supplement contains a powerful botanical blend of pumpkin seed and soy germ extract, offering the benefit of 71 seeds in every daily dose without any irritation to your gut from eating the whole seed.

Lucy explains:

“The Jude formula has a rich dose of pumpkin seed oil extract, actually equivalent to up to 71 pumpkin seeds in each daily dose and soy isoflavones, those plant-based estrogens and has actually now been tested in a double blind placebo controlled randomised controlled trial to show that it really does help to tackle urinary urge. So, if people are looking for something to work as an added extra into the plethora of things that they’re doing to improve their health and lifestyle, it’s certainly one option to test out.” 

Of course, another way to consume pumpkin seeds is by snacking on them raw or roasted. You can also sprinkle them over salads, yoghurt, or oatmeal for an added crunch and nutritional boost. 


Bladder issues are increasingly common – especially as we age so it’s refreshing to know that a simple, natural remedy like pumpkin seeds can offer relief. With a unique blend of phytoestrogens, antioxidants, and essential minerals, these little humble seeds can help relax the bladder muscle, improve pelvic floor strength, and reduce the frequency and urgency of urination.

So, why not give Jude a try today to improve the strength of your pelvic floor, reduce need-to-go urgency and find freedom from bladder leaks once and for all. 

Bladder and Bowel members can get an exclusive 22% off Jude’s Bladder Control Supplement with code BB22. Use this code at checkout, or click the link below to have it automatically applied.