PINE NUTS


Pine nuts contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, D2, D3, A, nicotinamide, folic acid, B-carotin, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc & selenium.
They also contain high amounts of vitamin E, vitamin K, copper, iron & manganese, which are all known to contribute to cardiovascular health.
Pine nuts are an excellent source of monosaturated fat, which decreases the levels of cholesterol, lowers the risk of heart attack & stroke.

Pine nut seed is analgesic,antibacterial & anti-inflammatory & can be used in the treatment of earache,epistaxis & to promote milk flow in nursing mothers.

Pine nuts have been used to stimulate the libido,they are rich in zinc, a key mineral for maintaining male potency.

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes eating pine nuts is especially good for the kidneys, intestines & lungs.

Pine nuts can be used to improve the production of body fluid, relieve convulsion, moisturize the lung & lubricate the intestines.

They are helpful for healing arthritis caused by the pathogenic factor of wind, dizziness, dry cough, vomiting of blood & constipation.

Pine nuts also improve vision.

Pine nuts are good to use for weight loss by curbing appetite.

The oil extracted from any species of pine is called pine nut oil & has plenty of medicinal properties, making it useful for relieving joint pain, treating certain skin conditions ,eczema, Athlete’s foot & acne, preventing common cold & flu.

PRECAUTIONS:

There are some cases of the “pine nut syndrome” characterized by a bitter or metallic taste in the mouth, lasting for up to a couple of weeks after one consumes them.
It does not have any long term health risks & resolves on its own.

Pine nut allergy may occur in some sensitive individuals.
The reaction symptoms may range from simple skin itching, runny nose, watery eyes, red rashes & hives to severe form of anaphylactic manifestations, including breathing difficulty, pain abdomen, dizziness, vomiting & diarrhea.
Some people are allergic to pine pollen & nuts.

The volatile oils in pine needles & bark mean that pine can be hard on the kidneys when taken over long periods of time.
Pine bark decoction taken in large quantities has been used as a purgative, so use it sparingly.
Pine resin & amber can be very hard on the digestive tract when taken internally.
Those with loose stools & phlegm-dampness should not eat pine nuts.


RECIPES:

Pine nuts are a key ingredient in pesto.

Use in trail mix as an alternative for those with nut allergies or for kids who attend a nut-free school.

Pine nuts flavor intensifies when toasted.
For toasting the nuts, place them on to oven tray & cook for 5-10 minutes at 180C, until golden brown.
Stir occasionally to make sure to they are evenly toasted.

Pine nuts can be cooked with meat,fish,vegetables or eaten directly.

Pine nuts can be used in baked goods, like cakes, cookies & muffins as well as in soups, salads & various sautéed dishes,also in granolas, chocolates & crunchy energy bar preparations.

The nuts  can be used in salads; especially sprinkled over fruit/vegetable salads.

Pine nut oil is used in salad dressing & in cooking.

MAGIC:

Pine nuts may be eaten or carried to aid fertility.











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