Pine nuts are the seeds of Pine trees. All the pine trees contain seeds in between their scales, but only 20 of them produce seeds big enough for human consumption.
Pine nuts should be stored in refigerator onces harvested as their high oil content makes them vulnerable of getting rancid.
Studies have shown that fatty acids derived from pine nuts boost the release of CCK (Cholecystokinin), an appetite suppressing hormone.
Studies have shown that women who consumed 3 grams of pinolenic acid ( fatty acid in pine nuts) before breakfast, slowed down the absorption of food and reduced the food intake by 34%.
Pine nuts are gluten free and are easily tolerated in people with celiac disease and other wheat sensitivities.
STRENGTHENS IMMUNE SYSTEM
Pine nuts are an awesome source of manganese. 100g of pine nuts provide you with 383% of daily requirement of manganese.
Manganese helps maintain cell membrane integrity and helps the body in warding off infections and viruses.
Pine nuts are a good source of Lutein, a pigment that helps securing your vision by preventing age related macular degeneration.
Macula is an area just 2mm wide in the retina and can harbor free radicals which limit our vision
Pine nuts are a good source of Vitamin E. A 100g of pine nuts provide you with 63% daily value of this fat soluble antioxidant vitamin.
Vitamin E prevents platelet coagulation and prevents you from the risks of a brain hemorrhage or stroke.
Copper is an essential trace mineral and required by the body for survival. Pine nuts are an ample source of copper providing 147% of daily value.
It helps the body absorb iron, the essential component of hemoglobin. Deficiency of iron can lead to anemia which is characterized by fatigue, irritability and shortness of breath.
Copper is an antioxidant and works in the presence of superoxide dimutase to protect the cell membrane from damages of free radicals.
Copper promotes the production of elastin, a protein required to maintain the skins natural elasticity and prevent the formation of wrinkles.