Overactive bladder (OAB) affects 20–40% of women in middle age and older (1). This includes symptoms of increased daytime and nighttime urinary frequency, an uncontrolled sudden urge to urinate, and incontinence. OAB and other forms of bladder irritation can have a serious impact on quality of life.
Pumpkin seed has been used for over 30 years in Europe as a therapeutic aid for urination problems related to irritable bladder (2). It is found within the edible pumpkin fruit grown throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa (3). Pumpkin seed extract contains an abundance of amino acids, in addition to vitamins, linoleic acid, oleic acid, and other micronutrients. It has been identified as an effective therapy for urinary disorders and can therefore have a positive influence on a person’s quality of life (2).
BladderSense® contains a water-soluble pumpkin seed extract that provides supportive therapy for bladder irritation. Pumpkin seeds have a long history of therapeutic use for helping to alleviate bladder conditions in women. They provide a natural way to aid an overactive bladder, assist with nighttime urinary control, and relieve urinary problems in those who have weakened bladder muscles – a result of aging, pregnancy, childbirth, excess weight gain, and hormonal changes during menopause.
This patented formula is made from the water-soluble fraction of pumpkin seed, making it more soluble, and potentially more absorbable. In Herbal Medicine, pumpkin seed is used to address bladder control by supporting stronger pelvic floor muscles and helping allow the bladder to relax. The extract has also been shown to bind to androgen receptors on pelvic muscle cells, thus inducing a strengthening effect. It therefore makes an effective accompaniment to other bladder control therapies and healthy lifestyle choices.
BladderSense® is made with non-GMO and gluten-free ingredients and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is a practical choice for women who have an overactive bladder and want a natural and proven approach to bladder control.