Pinolenic Acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is found in Siberian pine nuts, Korean pine nuts and the nuts from other trees in the Pinus species. It has been found that Siberian pine nuts (also known as Siberian cedar nuts) and the oil that is made from Siberian pine nuts, contains the highest amount of pinolenic acid amongst all nuts of the Pinus species – often containing over 20% pinolenic acid.
Pinolenic acid in (cedar) pine nut oil
Pine nut oil has been used by native Siberians for many centuries to control appetite, treat digestive issues and boost their overall health.
During harsh Siberian winters when food was scarce, Siberian pine nuts and the oil made from them served as an invaluable source of vitamins and minerals, as well as assisting in suppressing appetite and achieving a feeling of fullness.
Health benefits of Pinolenic acid
In recent years there have been many studies done on the health benefits of pine nut oil – and the compound present in it, pinolenic acid.
Research has revealed what the Siberian people have known intuitively for many years – how powerful this compound is and the healing nuts and oil that it is found in. Here are some of the discoveries that have been made about pinolenic acid:
- may assist in lowering LDL cholesterol in the blood – studies have brought to light that the pinolenic acid causes the liver to absorb more LDL from the blood and therefore reduces LDL levels in the bloodstream.
- may have immune modulating functions that help maintain a healthy immune system
- may have anti inflammatory properties that help to reduce inflammation throughout the body
- may have appetite suppressing qualities that assist in maintaining healthy body weight
Effective dietary sources of pinolenic acid
The most effective way of consuming pinolenic acid aside from consuming fresh Siberian pine nuts, is to consume the oil that is cold-pressed from the nuts.
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