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8 Health Benefits of Pine Nuts (Chilgoza): The Nutty Winter Treat

   |  Updated: November 04, 2016 14:27 IST

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8 Health Benefits of Pine Nuts (Chilgoza): The Nutty Winter Treat
Highlights
  • This winter don't forget to add buttery pine nuts to your diet
  • They are enriched with zinc, iron , magnesium and vitamin A
  • They are rich in dietary fiber, plant sterols that protect the heart
Make sure each bite is full of health this winter. Gorge on nuts and seeds that are incredibly beneficial and appetizing too. Recent research has shown how nuts and seeds encourage weight loss by curbing one’s appetite. Buttery pine nuts are my personal favorite amongst them all, especially this time of the year, when there is a nip in the air.  

Enjoying a handful of nuts may increase your longevity in eight healthy ways:

1.Pine nuts help maintain your body’s hormonal health as they are rich in zinc. Zinc aids in healing and stimulates the activity of about 100 enzymes in the body.

2. They are a rich source of magnesium too. Magnesium is also known as the ‘Mood Mineral’. It helps decrease anxiety, stress and depression. These vital nuts calm the body and improve your sleep and memory. So tuck a few into your bag for a quick snack loaded with health.
 

3. Rich in iron: Pine nuts help your body transport and store oxygen. Furthermore, they are great for brain health too. It’s a good idea to roast them, as that will reduce the effect of iron inhibitors.

4.The unsaturated fats found in pine nuts help increase insulin sensitivity. In addition, when eaten as a part of the meal, they can reduce the overall glycemic index. This is good news for diabetics.

5.Great for Dieters: Handful of these seeds help in weight management. The Pinolenic Acid in pine nuts stimulate the intestine to produce a particular hormone that signals the brain to turn off ‘Hungry Mode’.

6. Nutrient dense: Pine nuts are loaded with healthy fats, dietary fiber, plant sterols, arginine, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that are heart protective. The high antioxidant content in the seeds slows down ageing, making you look and feel younger.

7. Since pine nuts are rich in vitamin A and lutein, their consumption on a regular basis will help develop sharp vision. Sprinkle pine seeds on salads for that extra crunch, full of wholesome health benefits.
 

8. Get that glow with these antioxidants rich seeds: They help control how fast you age by combating free radicals, which play a part in age related deterioration. Make these a part of your daily snacking to rejuvenate your skin and hair.

Food has the power to heal when it is unadulterated and used well. The brilliant design of nature offers all nutrients in accordance with the season and climate. It is best to use common sense in choosing foods and not be grappled or confused by the commercial industry, flooded with processed packaged food.

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