Pine Nut Oil Siberia
pinus pinea


Pine Nut Oil Siberia <br><i><small>pinus pinea</small></i></br>
Pine kerneIs are the source of a high quality highly fragrant, and highly delicious, that for many years was extracted mostly in France or Russia. There are about 12 different species of pine that produce kernels that are oil rich enough , and the growing popularity and commercial opportunities now see the oil being extracted in a number of Asian countries as well.

Renowned for its culinary uses, it is now being used for its medicinal properties. According to a study by Lipid Nutrition, the pinolenic acid contained in pine nut oil can help curb appetite by stimulating the release of cholecystokinin, a hormone that functions as an appetite suppressant.3 The study showed that pine nut oil boosts appetite suppressors up to 60 for four hours. This property had already been understood in Siberia, where a handful of pine nuts or a tablespoon of pine nut oil has traditionally been taken with or instead of a meal when food is scarce to give a feeling of satiation.5

Interest in the properties of pinolenic acid have led some researchers to explore methods of increasing the amount of this fatty acid in pine nut oil. Subsequent research showed that, in addition to suppressing appetite, pine nut oil also can reduce LDLs, yielding further health benefits.

Now for its cosmeceutical use it also contains a high concentration of free radical scavengers, which help reduce oxidative damage, so is a useful addition to any lotion, potion or massage oil. Typical analysis of the triglyceride composition of pine nut oil showed the following composition.

Typical Fatty Acid Percentage
Linoleic acid49.0 2.3
Oleic acid23.8 2.1
Pinolenic acid17.1 2.0
Palmitic acid6.3 2.2
Stearic acid2.5 0.1

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