Pine nuts have been consumed since the Palaeolithic period. The ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek civilizations favored them. These nuts are tiny seeds of the pine cone. The pine tree grows in cold climate and is found in all continents. The tree is part of the Pinaceae family. The pine nuts have different names such as chilgoza, pignoli, pinyon nuts, pinon nuts and cedar nuts. While all pine trees bear pine nuts just twenty species possess pine nuts big enough for eating. Did you know that approximately eighty percent of US pine nuts are imported from abroad?
We take a look at some of the health benefits of these nuts.
- Helps in Weight loss
Scientific research has demonstrated that fatty acids obtained from pine nuts led to the production of large quantities of cholecystokinin(CCK) an appetite suppressing hormone. Since the appetite is less there is decreased food and calorie intake leading to long lasting weight loss.
- A Natural Energy Booster
These nuts are rich in protein which provides an instant source of energy. Fatigue may be caused by low levels of magnesium which can be corrected by consuming these nuts. Additionally, pine nuts have nutrients that energize you such as iron and monounsaturated fat.
- Excellent for the Eyes
These nuts are a rich source of both Vitamin A and lutein. The latter two are known to promote better eye health. Lutein helps to stave away eye ailments such as age related macular degeneration(AMD).
- Lowers Blood Pressure
These nuts are a rich source of magnesium. High intake of magnesium results in lower blood pressure level as well as lower risk of stroke.
- Mood Elevator
A recent scientific study discovered that higher intake of magnesium found in ample amounts in these nuts was linked with reduced externalising behaviour like angry outbursts as well as other external behaviours found in patients with various mood disorders.
A Final Note
If you are allergic to other nuts, then it is advised not to consume pine nuts as they may cause allergy.
If you have experienced any other benefits of consuming this food item, please share it with us so that others may benefit.