Pine Nuts & bone health

Rich and crunchy, the pine nut has a buttery flavour, pine nuts grow inside the cones of certain pine trees, and are botanically a seed rather than a nut.

They are not only delicious, but packed with vital nutrients for your bones and your body.

Yes, pine nuts are seeds – it would be convenient if they were called pine seeds! A seed differs from a nut in that a seed is essentially a tiny “capsule” that contains all the components needed to develop into a plant. A nut, on the other hand, consists of a dry fruit and one or more seeds.

What’s So Special About Pine Nuts? ??Many of the nutrients in pine nuts are Foundation Supplements for bone health. They Contain Vitamins E, K,B1, B2 and B3, they also contain minerals such as Magnesium, Iron, Zinc & Manganese.

Besides all the bone-building vitamins and minerals, pine nuts also contain a number of substances that rejuvenate bone and enhance your overall health.

Namely a fatty acid called pinoleic acid. Interestingly, pinoleic acid acts as an appetite suppressant by causing your body to release a hormone called cholecystokinin (CCK), which triggers feelings of satiety, so eating pine nuts may help you feel fuller for longer, stopping you craving bone damaging Junk foods.

In my next blog I will be posting a recipe that includes pine nuts, so stay tuned.

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