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Pine Nut Health Benefits

Pine trees grow in the wild cold and taiga forest regions of the northern hemisphere, particularly of Siberia and Canada. They are huge, straight erect trees with large stem and may reach up to 75 feet in height with pyramidal or umbrella like dense foliage cover.

 

Pine nuts are one of the calorie-rich edible nuts. 100 g of dry-kernels provide 673 calories.

 

Additionally, they comprise of numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.

 

Pine nuts are an excellent source of B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates.

 

These vitamins work as co-factors for enzymes in cellular substrate metabolism inside the human body.

 

Pine nuts are rich in iron, which the body uses for a great many of its essential processes, such as the regulation of our central nervous system and the circulation of blood throughout our bodies.

 

The copper that is naturally present in pine nuts also aids in the absorption of iron by our body.

 

Pine nuts also contain lutein, which helps our eyes to filter UV light, preventing it from damaging the macula, which is the region of the retina responsible for central vision.

 

Macular degeneration increases with age, and lutein helps prevent our sight from deteriorating.

 

Also present in pine nuts is beta-carotene, which the human body converts into vitamin A, which is very good for the overall health of our eyes.

 

Pine nuts have high antioxidants that help protect the cells from damage due to free radicals.

 

Pine nuts also contain magnesium that helps in reliving muscle cramps, fatigue and tension.

 

Pine nuts are also the only nuts with highest concentration of oleic acid. Oleic acid is a mono-saturated fat that helps the liver to eliminate harmful triglycerides from the body.

 

They are also great for your heart, as they contain the same mono-saturated fats as in olive oil. They help reduce cholesterol and protect the arteries from damage, thus preventing heart attacks.

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