What are the health benefits of eating pine nuts?

Doreen Rodo
Nutrition & Dietetics
Pine nuts are an excellent source of manganese, a mineral that helps the body to form bones and connective tissue as well as assists in the regulation of blood sugar, immune function and digestion. They also contain iron, thiamine, vitamin E and vitamin k, all of which aid in daily bodily functions. Like most nuts, pine nuts contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that play a role in disease prevention and promote heart health. Sprinkle some pine nuts on a green salad for added nutrients and taste.
Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

The health benefits of pignoli are similar to those of other nuts that provide a high content of monounsaturated fat and arginine. In addition, both types of pine nuts deliver a hefty dose of magnesium and potassium, two minerals whose combined effects produce a strong, healthy heartbeat, lowered blood pressure, and improved blood flow. Taken altogether, pine nuts' arginine, monounsaturated fat, and magnesium and potassium content are powerful in counteracting heart disease.

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