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Pine and its beneficial properties!

Pine nuts health benefits

It may not be included among the herbs, but deservedly, pine could take a place among the beneficial foods you should add to our daily diet.

The pine nut beyond its successful use in cooking, confectionary and beverage industry, is particularly beneficial for the body, providing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants valuable for our organism!

It should be noted that the pine nut is rich in calories, derived primarily from unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid and omega 6 fatty acids, which contribute significantly to the reduction of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing the good (HDL) in the blood. The widespread addition of pine in the Mediterranean diet helps prevent heart disease and strokes.

At the same time the pine nut has been shown to contribute to weight loss by reducing the appetite, causing feeling of fullness, while the significant content of vitamin E protects cells, skin, hair and nails from free radicals.

Additional beneficial property for people intolerant, is that pine nuts do not contain gluten, while the high content of B vitamin complex, significantly protects the metabolism, the healthy development of the cells and the nervous system from collapse or exhaustion.

Worthy of reference is the pine content in minerals and trace elements necessary for the healthy functioning of the body, such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. This is not just a reference to the content, as it covers a significant percentage of our daily needs in the above metals, which in turn protect and enhance the immune system.

The oil of pine also is highly beneficial and has been used both for therapeutic purposes, as for cosmetic and aromatherapy. The calming activity benefits the skin, digestive tract, sore throat and cough!

Caution is required for consumption, as it is one of the most common fruits that their consumption causes sensitivity, while many are allergic to pine nuts. Symptoms can range from itching to severe rashes, and can cause upset stomach and vomiting. Keep in mind that pine nuts are not dangerous if you are not allergic, and if you do not know you can try a very small amount, as all such fruits can cause similar allergies, such as peanut and cashew.

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