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Useful properties and contraindications of pine nuts


Pine nuts have long been and are rightly considered a valuable nutritious product.rich in vitamins, trace elements and other beneficial substances.

There is an erroneous opinion among the people that these nuts are obtained from stately cedars. In fact, these are seeds of Siberian pine pine trees, which, when they reach a mature age, are capable of producing 10–12 kg of nuts from each tree.

In size, cedar pine nuts are quite tiny: 10-14 mm in length and 6-10 mm in width. But as they say small spool but precious.

What vitamins and minerals are contained, what is the calorie content of pine nuts?

Pine nuts feed not only forest birds and animals. This the product is a unique delicacy in the human diet. Initially, pine nuts were used in cooking for the preparation of various dishes.

Later, their nutritional value was studied, which amazes with a variety of the useful substances which are a part:

  • glucose, fructose and sucrose;
  • vitamins: A, C, K, E, as well as a group of vitamins B (B₁, B₂, B₃, B₅, B₆, B);
  • micro and macronutrients;
  • amino acids.
Kernels are rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and silver. Depending on the region of pine growth, manganese, iodine, nickel, molybdenum, cobalt, and copper are found in the composition of the pine nuts.

Cedar kernels contain 19 amino acids: histidine, proline, arginine, tyrosine, methionine, glutamic acid, aspartic acid, lysine, tryptophan, glycine and others.

Pine nuts contain 60-63% of fats, which are a source of valuable pine-nut oil, 14-17% of easily digestible proteins and 10-14% of carbohydrates.

The energy value of the product is 875 kcal per 100 g.

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Useful properties and benefits for men, women and children

The usefulness of pine nuts allows them to be used by almost everyone for therapeutic or prophylactic purposes, which is explained by the wide range of valuable substances that make up them.

What is the use of this little nut:

  • It has a positive effect on the immune system, helping to recover from a serious illness or intense physical exertion;
  • used to prevent anemia, improves blood composition and positively affects the cardiovascular system;
  • reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood;
  • improves brain activity, increases mental abilities;
  • with regular use strengthens bone tissue and improves visual acuity;
  • as a product rich in iodine, effective in the treatment and prevention of thyroid dysfunction;
  • due to the content of the complex of vitamins of group B contributes to the normalization of the nervous system: relieves irritability, helps to fight insomnia and stress;
  • improves metabolism and the functioning of the endocrine glands;
  • normalizes the functioning of all organs of the digestive system;
  • serves as a prophylactic against the development of benign and poor-quality tumors;
  • reduces appetite, which is useful for overweight people and those who follow their figure;
  • improves the overall condition of the skin, helps in the treatment of various skin diseases, promotes rapid healing of wounds and tissue regeneration;
  • increases the potency in men and normalizes the activity of the reproductive system;
  • slows the aging process in the body, has a rejuvenating effect;
  • It is an excellent prophylactic agent of atherosclerosis and diabetes.


Despite the huge list of useful properties taking cedar nucleoli as food should not be uncontrolledin order not to harm health.

Doctors and nutritionists advise to eat no more than 50 g per day (about 2 tablespoons) for half an hour before meals.

Pine nuts positively affect the mental and physical development of children. However, given the miniature size of the nuclei, do not give them to kids under the age of 4-5 years - Children can inhale nuts, which will cause a blockage of the airways.

Children after 5 years should eat nuts in the presence of adults, so that they can, if necessary, provide first aid.

It is not recommended to eat pine nuts at the same time with dairy or meat dishes. A large amount of protein, which is part of these products, exerts an excessive load on the digestive organs and does not allow the body to assimilate all the beneficial substances of the nuts.

When buying pine nuts on the market, give preference to unpeeled - they can be stored without loss of taste and healing properties for up to 1 year

Sometimes, when eating nuts, a bitter taste appears in the mouth. Quality product is pleasant to the taste, easy to chew and has a delicate aroma.

The appearance of bitterness indicates that the nuts eaten were rancid and caused a kind of poisoning of the body.

The feeling of bitterness in the mouth may be present for 2-14 days after consuming the product and goes away by itself without taking any medications.

When buying peeled pine nuts, be sure to pay attention to the date of packing. Purified kernels quickly bitter (deteriorate) from exposure to air and sunlight.

What is the maximum shelf life of peeled nuts? He is total 14 days.

When buying pine nuts on the market, give preference to unpeeled - they can be stored without loss of taste and healing properties for up to 1 year.

As a contraindication doctors traditionally call individual intolerance. Sad as it may be, allergy can develop to pine nuts.

Allergies in the form of mild vomiting, diarrhea, itching and redness of the skin. In more severe cases, anaphylactic shock develops, accompanied by low blood pressure, general weakness and loss of consciousness.

Pine nuts and their benefits and contraindications:

Use in traditional medicine

For recipes of traditional medicine, all components of pine nuts are used: peeled kernels, shells, butter and even oilcakeGrinded and used as a food additive.

Cedar flour is prepared from the cake, and from it - nutritious milk or creamthat are useful to babies who are allergic to breast milk.

The most widely used for medicinal purposes are tincture of pine nuts on alcohol or vodka. Vodka liqueurs have a more pleasant taste and lower strength than alcohol.

Tinctures are used to treat a wide range of ailments:

  • atherosclerosis;
  • hypertension;
  • digestive and respiratory organs;
  • kidney and urinary system;
  • heart and blood vessels;
  • skin and hair diseases;
  • joints and spinal column;
  • nervous system disorders;
  • anemia and hypovitaminosis;
  • catarrhal diseases;
  • thyroid dysfunction;
  • hemorrhoids.
Cedar nut alcohol or vodka tincture is used to treat many diseases.

The appearance of cedar tincture is reminiscent of brandy. Experts say that the taste is not much different from this elite drink.

On the Internet and in the literary sources there are many recipes for making tinctures. Here is one of them:

  1. In a clean glass jar put 500 g of unpeeled pine nuts, pour in vodka or medical alcohol. The liquid must completely cover the nuts.
  2. Infuse the product at room temperature in a dark place for 12-14 days.
  3. After two weeks to check the readiness of the tincture - the kernel inside the nuts should be completely dissolved by the action of alcohol. To check it is enough to get a nut out of a can and split it. If there is no kernel inside the nut, the tincture is ready for use.
  4. If the core is not completely dissolved, maintain the tincture for some time, checking the state of the nuclei in a day.

The course of treatment usually lasts 1-2 months.. If necessary, undergo a second course after a 30 day break.

Tincture taken 3-4 times a day before meals. The recommended single dose - 2 teaspoons of funds, diluted in 1 tablespoon of boiled water, so that the total amount of tincture is quite enough for a whole course.

As with any drug you can not exceed the recommended dose. It is advisable to consult with your doctor before using the national remedy of pine nuts.

Alcohol or vodka tinctures should not be given to children and pregnant women. They should be abandoned and those who suffer from alcohol intolerance and severe liver disease.

The effect of nut on health during pregnancy and lactation

In addition to the main products Pine nuts are recommended to be added to the diet of pregnant women.. The future mother and baby will receive from them practically all the useful elements necessary for the normal development of the fetus.

It is important do not exceed the recommended daily dose - 2 tbsp. spoons - and buy only high quality product.

After giving birth, pine nuts should not be excluded from the mother's diet. They increase lactation and, getting into the body of a baby with mother's milk, strengthen the child's immunity, and have a positive effect on his mental and physical development.

Nutshell: healing properties for humans

Pine nuts shells used for the preparation of eco-friendly material - cedroplast. This is a composite finishing material, which consists of resin and shells of pine cedar nuts.

In addition to the decorative function, cedroplast has unique properties. According to the manufacturers, in a room trimmed with plates of cedar wastes, workers have reduced fatigue, increased working capacity and improved clarity of thought.

Cedar shells are widely used by gardeners and landscape designers. Shell mulch protects plants from fungal diseases and pests., enriches the soil with micro- and macroelements necessary for garden and garden crops.

In the food industry, pine nut husks are used to produce liqueurs and syrups, in the cosmetic industry - scrubs and masks.

Pharmaceutical industry includes recycled cedar shells in the composition of ointments, creams and tinctures. These drugs have antiseptic properties due to tannins that are part of the shell. They are used to treat burns, depriving, eczema and ulcer inflammation of the skin.

Pine nut shell is used in cosmetology and pharmaceuticals, as fertilizer, in traditional medicine

Alcohol and vodka tincture of the shell effective in complex treatment of anemia, atherosclerosis, leukemia, cardiovascular and urinary system, digestive organs, eye diseases.

From the husks of nuts cooked brothswith anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Their use is recommended for the restoration of the digestive organs, the treatment of allergic cough and runny nose, rheumatism, gout, periodontitis.

Harm to the husk for the body

Pine nut shell therapy must be coordinated with the doctor. Only a specialist can examine the body and confirm whether such treatment is suitable for a particular disease.

Special caution should be exercised to those who found violations of the blood.

Treatment of folk remedies on the basis of pine nuts or shells should be combined with traditional medicines.

How to prepare the shell for use

Separating the shells from the kernels is not easy, it will have to make some effort. Immediately you need to put aside the idea that pine nuts can be gnawed - their shells are quite hard and can break the integrity of the teeth.

In the industrial field for cleaning nuts from the shell use special devices (peeler). At home, two methods are used to extract nutritional nucleoli.

To separate the pine nut kernels from the shell, you can use two methods: hot and cold

"Cold" way

For shell cracking use improvised tools - hammer, pliers, metal pestle. Even an ordinary kitchen crush for garlic perfectly cope with the role of peeling nuts.

When splitting, care must be taken not to crush the kernels along with the shell.

"Hot" way

Soak nuts in hot water for 10-15 minutes, then spread them out on a cutting board and chop the shells with a wooden rolling pin, rolling the nuts with a little pressure.

How to clean pine nuts:

Some sources suggest peeling fry nuts in a pan, microwave or oven.

Experts do not advise to do this, because when heated, the fats that make up the cores are oxidized, which loses most of the nutrients.

The majestic Siberian pines gave to mankind unique product - tasty and healthy pine nuts.

These small seeds help in the treatment and prevention of various diseases. In the national recipes use the kernels of nuts, and the shell.

However, we must not forget that everything needs measure and discretion. No need to self-medicate and rely on the miraculous power of healing nuts - only a comprehensive treatment will help to defeat the disease or prevent its occurrence.