Pine nuts are actually not botanically referred to as “nuts,” but as seeds, since they are the seedlings of pine cones. Once upon a time, many people were afraid of pine nuts (a decade ago, people were afraid of all nuts) because they thought they were fattening – this was before the public understood the difference between “good fats” and “bad fats.” Pine nuts are now known to contain almost entirely "good fat." Pine nuts contain approximately 60% fats, most of which are polyunsaturated fats, and in particular linoleic and linolenic acids, essential fatty acids required by the body but not produced in the body. The best thing about pine nuts is their high concentration of monounsaturated fat, which paves the way for a healthier cardiovascular system, healthier skin and improved immunity.
Pine nuts are very nutrient dense. These tasty seeds are rich in vitamins A, C and D. Vitamin A contributes to the growth and development of the body. Pine nuts contain a complex of vitamins B and D which stabilize nervous system functioning, improve blood composition and have a favorable effect on skin tissue. The vitamin D in pine nuts leads to stronger bones and teeth, by improving the body's ability to absorb calcium. Vitamins A and C may sharpen vision and boost the immune system.
Pine nuts are especially rich in vitamins B1 (thiamine) and B6, which increases the body’s resistance to radiation poisoning, helps with PMS, and benefits mental functions.
Pine nuts also contain about 20% protein. Pine nut protein is easily digested by humans. Pine nuts’ high amino acid content features L-arginine (20%). Natural food-based L-arginine is a powerful anti-aging agent because it promotes the production of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and other hormones, strengthens the immune system, regulates a range of vital metabolic processes, improves cholesterol profiles, supports brain function, and enhances sexual functioning. Found in high concentrations in the connective tissues, l-arginine is a component of collagen that plays a vital role in the production of new tissue and bone cells – and helps keep the skin young and elastic. L-arginine increases the size and activity of the thymus gland, which produces T-cells, and thus plays a major role in our resistance to infection. L-arginine actually facilitates a reduction in body fat, while increasing lean muscle mass. To top it off, studies have shown that l-arginine inhibits the absorption of saturated fats from one’s diet. L-arginine is considered to be a key to efficient muscle metabolism because of its role in the transport, storage, and elimination of nitrogen. Creatine, which plays an important role in muscle metabolism, is derived from l-arginine. Seminal fluid contains substantial quantities of l-arginine and a deficiency may result in lack of libido (sexual drive) and infertility. L-arginine has been shown to have a positive effect on sperm viability and motility. L-arginine is reported to have the ability to increase libido and induce erections. L-arginine is believed to serve as a precursor to the important neurotransmitter nitric oxide (NO) which plays a critical role in stimulating healthy sex drive and enhanced sexual performance in men. Nitric oxide also plays a role in the dilation and constriction of small blood vessels in brain. Therefore, l-arginine may have a positive effect on cerebral circulation.
The vitamin E (tocopherol) content in pine nuts exceeds that in walnuts, almonds and peanuts. Of course, vitamin E plays a key role in many areas of the body. Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin that binds oxygen free radicals that can cause tissue damage. Vitamin E may play a possible role in preventing heart disease and cancer of the lung and prostate. A vitamin E deficiency has many negative health repercussions. Just to mention a couple of problems that can result from a deficiency of vitamin E, fat metabolism is disturbed, and the body becomes predisposed to atherosclerosis. Deficiency of vitamin E can lead to anemia. Nursing mothers who are vitamin E deficient lose the ability to produce milk.
Pine nuts contain numerous microelements (minerals and trace minerals), including magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, phosphorous and iodine. The nuts are especially rich in magnesium and phosphorus. In fact, pine nuts surpass all other nuts and oil-bearing seeds in their phosphorus content. Although the soy bean is generally considered the richest source of phosphorus among vegetable sources, the pine nut is in fact its equal. Pine nut is an excellent source of iodine.
In Asia and Russia, pine nuts are considered by many to be a super food. In Asia they are recommended when one has very high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. They are also used by those who have high stomach acidity, and by those with peptic or duodenal ulcers. Currently, Russian scientists are recommending pine nuts to promote the ability for both physical and mental work, for improving blood composition, for protecting the lungs and for building blood. According to Russian scientists, consumption of 100 g (3.5 oz.) of pine nuts per day provides person’s daily requirement for amino acids and necessary microelements.
And for all this goodness nutritionally, pine nuts are also delicious. Pine nuts are known for their easy digestibility. They were consumed by Taoist hermits instead of grain because they were much easier on the body and provided superb nutrition and energy. Taoists resisted eating rice and other grains, and instead ate pine nuts as a primary source of energy and nutrients. When combining pine nuts with edible herbs, the Taoists created a superfood diet – which we call Hermit Mix. My teacher, Master Sung Jin Park, ate pine nuts and herbs as his diet when he lived as a hermit in the remote mountains of Korea with his teacher, the Venerable and Immortal Grand Master Mu San Do Sha.*
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