PINE NUTS Health Benefits
Pine nuts are also known as pignoli; they grow inside a large pine cone from a tree native to Italy. They are used in the famous pesto recipe and often used in stuffings and tossed onto salads, including fruit salads. Pine nuts are best used in cooking, to reduce the turpentine flavour from the supply of lipids (68g or 105% d.v.), with 50% in the form of polyunsaturated (34g), 1g of omega-3 and 25g of omega-6. The monounsaturated content is 19g and saturated 5g. Pine nuts provide complete protein (14g or 27% d.v.)and their protein is 50% useable.
Pine nuts are full of phosphorus (575mg or 60% d.v.) and this will promote utilisation of the high calorie and fat content and benefit the nervous system, improve memory abilities and stimulate blood circulation. The magnesium content is excellent (250mg or 63% d.v.), more than that of almonds, and a real treat for the nervous system. Magnesium nourishes the white nerve fibres of the brain and spinal cord and 70% of magnesium is contained in the bone structure. Pine nuts are a fair source of folate, for the nervous system and brain. If you think you’re going nuts up top, pine nuts are tops in brain nutrition. The iron (6mg), copper (1mg), and manganese (4.3mg) are all very well supplied, and for the blood system pine nuts are full of power, with 3 times the iron of beef, 4000 times the manganese and 150 times the copper.
Pine nuts are waiting to beef up the blood building and brain benefits of the standard diet.
NOTE: d.v. refers to the daily value for women 25-50 years, refer to RDI chart for adult male and child values.