Health Benefits of Pine Nut

Pine trees grow mostly in the wild cold and northern hemisphere, particularly in Himalayan forests. Pine trees are huge, straight erect trees with large stem,and it may reach up to 75 feet in height with umbrella-like dense foliage cover. This tree belongs to the Family: Pinaceae and genus: Pinus. The most important species that yield Pine nuts, also called Chilgoza, is Pinus girardiana. The flowers of this tree develop into a cone and female cones of this tree take about two-three years to mature after pollination. When the cone is mature and dry then the cones naturally split to release the seeds. Pine-Nut is sweet, Crunchy yet butter textured and tasty edible seed of cone in a pine tree. Pine nut oil has a sweet aroma with delicate flavour and is being used in many traditional medicinal remedies. In pine oil the main chemical components are borneol,α-pinene and ß-pinene, α and ß-phellandrene. Its emollient property helps to keep skin well protected from dryness. There are enormous Health Benefits of Pine Nut, around 673 caloriesprovided by100 g of dry kernels. Its nutcomprises of numerous health boosting vitamins, antioxidants, Phyto-chemicals,and minerals. Eating its Nuts consistently also improves to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by providing healthy blood lipid profile. Pine nut is an excellent source ofvitamin E and it is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant which required for maintaining and protecting skin from harmful oxygen-free radicals. this nutis rich in Vitamins A and lutein, which supports sharper vision. It is rich in vitamin D which helps in building healthy bones. It is also arich source of vitamin C which boosts immunity. Pine nuts are a good source of iron.

By – ASSISTANT PROFESSOR – : Sapna Chauhan
Department – Dept. of Forestry
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