Why you should add pine nuts to your diet now was discussed in a previous article. I covered the health benefits of pine nuts and pine nuts nutrition.
However, did you know oil is also derived from the seeds of the pine tree? This cold pressed oil is known as pine seed oil or cedar nut oil. Essential oil can also be derived from the pine nuts.
Prior to the Russian revolution in 1917, pine nut oil was used as a substitute for animal fat during lent in Russia.
Extra virgin pine nut oil is a rich golden colour with a slightly nutty taste. When warmed up, it has a delightful aroma. It is regarded as a gourmet cooking oil.
Health Benefits of North Korean and Siberian Pine Nut Oil
1. Pine Nut Oil Curbs Appetite
The pine tree varieties found in Korea and Siberia are used more for their medicinal properties due to the high content of pinolenic acid (found exclusively in pine nut oil).
Studies show pinolenic acid contains a substance known as cholecystokinin (CCK). CCK is produced in the duodenum after eating and sends the message that you are full to your brain.
This can help curb the appetite, which is what makes the pine nut oil ideal for a weight loss diet. However, it should be a complementary ingredient to an overall healthy weight loss diet.
2. Pine Nut Oil Contains Antioxidants
Pine nut oil contains a high concentration of antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals that can lead to peptic ulcers and gastritis in the body.
3. Strengthens the Stomach
These antioxidants can help strengthen the stomach if you already have either of the ailments mentioned above.
It also helps with other digestive disorders such as acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome & colitis.
4. Boosts Immune System Functioning
Pine nut oil contains properties that boost the efficient functioning of the immune system and promotes lower blood pressure.
They are sold as supplements to obtain this benefit but pine seed contains a high amount of omega-6 as well.
Consult your doctor before you start taking pine seed oil supplements especially if you are on other medication already.
5. Great for Body Massages
As a biologically active oil, Siberian nut oil can be used as a body massage oil or for cosmetic applications.
Related Content: 7 Amazing Homemade Body Massage Oil Recipes
How Much Siberian Pine Nut Oil Should You Consume?
3 teaspoons of pine nut oil per day are adequate for any diet. How do you include this in your diet? Mix it in with juices or add to smoothies.
If you like the taste, you can ingest it straight without adding it to anything. You can take 1.5 teaspoons in the morning and the rest in the evening prior to eating.
Cooking with Siberian Pine Nut Oil
Due to the low smoking point of pine nut oil, it’s better used as a final ingredient for garnishing or highlighting the taste of the dish rather than including it in the cooking process.
Some ideas for adding pine nut oil to your diet apart from the recommendations above include:
- Add 1 – 2 tablespoons into your pesto. I made some great pesto recipe recommendations HERE.
- Add 1 – 2 teaspoons to homemade nut butter such as almond butter and pistachio butter.
- When making a dip, add 2 – 3 tablespoons of pine nut oil.
- Use it as dressing in a salad along with some balsamic vinegar.
- As a general rule, you can “finish” off most of your dishes with a dash of pine nut oil based on your preferences.
- While it’s not recommended to fry with pine nut oil, you can use it for light sauteeing and baking.
Siberian Pine Nut Oil Recipes
Siberian Pine Nut Oil Side Effects
If you have a peanut allergy or allergic to other tree nuts, you definitely want to avoid pine nut oil.
If you’re on medication for anything serious, you should consult your physician before including pine nut oil in your diet.
Best Siberian Pine Nut Oil
You don’t have to buy Siberian nut oil specifically. You can buy any premium organic pine nut oil. I have made two recommendations below for this as well.
A good accompanying oil to pine nut oil is extra virgin olive oil. They work very well together and make a great combination in a healthy diet.