Health benefits of Siberian pine nuts
Siberian pine nuts and pine nut oil are used in healthy and vegetarian diets, because no other nut or seed has more easy-to-digest protein. And because Siberian pine nuts and oil contain vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and minerals, which are essential for a healthy living. Recent studies have shown that Siberian pine nuts and oil can help us to prevent heart diseases and increase resistance against infections and viruses.
Siberian pine nuts and pine nut oil are especially rich in unsaturated acids that help to lower «bad cholesterol» (LDL) and increase «good cholesterol» (HDL) in our blood. For instance, Siberian pine nuts and oil contain the highest percentage of pinolenic acid. High levels of pinolenic acid are associated with reducing blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels. Research studies suggest that the Mediterranean diet, rich in unsaturated fatty acids, helps to prevent heart diseases, such as coronary artery disease and strokes, by improving the «good cholesterol» ratio in the blood.
Siberian pine nuts contain about 9.33 mg of vitamin E per 100 g. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, required to protect our cells (cell membrane) from oxygen free radicals that damage human cells and weaken our body’s resistance to infections. Siberian pine nuts are also an excellent source of the B-complex group of vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates. These vitamins help enzymes in human cells that are responsible for cellular metabolism, a process of getting energy from nutritionals and constructing new cell components.
And finally, Siberian pine nuts and oil contain healthy amounts of essential minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. For instance, manganese (pine nuts contain about 8.1 mg of manganese per 100 g) helps our body to develop resistance against infections and viruses.