In addition to providing texture, fragrance and a mild creamy flavor to dishes, pine nuts are used in herbal remedies, have been known to stimulate memory, treat herpes and improve heart health through the lowering of cholesterol. Harvested from the core of the pine cone, this food once considered to be exotic is now readily available and is a staple in Southern European dishes like pesto and Italian pasta sauces.
There are many health benefits to eating pine nuts. The monosaturated fats and protein levels are high and studies show they are good for energy and stamina for athletic events, help to reduce the stress in high pressure situations and stimulate brain activity much like fish and fish oils.
Studies also show that along with other factors, eating monosaturated fats can lower unhealthy cholesterol levels in the blood and along with weight loss will reduce acid indigestion. One factor that will improve your heart health is healthier eating by replacing high fat snacks such as chips and cookies with nuts. In addition, pine nuts contain fiber, Vitamin E, alphalinolenic acid, oleic acid, magnesium, potassium and arginine, which also promote heart health.
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The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the benefits of pine nuts in the diet. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively.