Pine nuts are calorie-rich edible nuts, they provide
many health promoting phyto-chemicals, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.
Pine nuts are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid that helps to lower bad cholesterol and increases good-cholesterol in the blood.
Pine or cedar nuts contain essential fatty acid omega 6 fat pinolenic acid.
Likewise in almonds, pine nuts too are an excellent source of vitamin E, a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
Pine nuts are also one of gluten free tree nuts, and therefore, are a popular ingredient in the preparation of gluten-free food formulas. Such formula preparations can be a healthy alternative in people with wheat food allergy, and celiac disease.
Pine nuts are an excellent source of B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates. These vitamins work as co-factors for enzymes in cellular substrate metabolism inside the human body.
Besides, pine nuts contain healthy amounts of essential minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Pine nuts are one of the richest sources of manganese that is important for antioxidant enzyme,superoxide dismutase. It is therefore, consumption of pines helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.