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For many centuries native Siberians have successfully used pine nut oil to heal gastrointestinal disorders, aid digestion and boost stamina

Extra virgin pine nut oil (EVPO) is a delicious, golden-colored oil cold-pressed from the small kernels (commonly called pine nuts), which are produced by certain species of pine trees around the world. In addition to being an exquisite gourmet cooking oil, it also has a history of many centuries of therapeutic use in Russian and Chinese traditional medicine. The native people of Siberia – a remote region of Russia famous for its pristine forests, crystal-clear rivers and lakes, as well as remarkably vibrant health of its inhabitants - have always used pine nut oil as an effective, all-natural gastrointestinal remedy, metabolism enhancer, and digestive aid.

Historically, in Siberia, where distances are great and food is scarce, especially during the long, cold Siberian winter, Siberian forest in wintera handful of pine nuts or a tablespoon of pine nut oil taken with - or even instead of - a meal have provided a long-lasting feeling of “fullness”. In addition, pine nuts and their oil provided the natives with a rich array of essential vitamins, nutrients, and microelements such as vitamins E, B1, B2 and B3, beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A) and other carotenoids, essential amino acids, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, and iodine. This allowed the Siberians to have a full complement of nutrients required to go about their daily routines, which usually involved hunting, fishing, and trapping, without feeling hungry. These powerful health-promoting and nutritional benefits have earned the Siberian pine (the tree from which pine nuts were harvested) the name of “the Tsar of all trees” in Russia.

Modern science has explained how pine nut oil works to repair and protect the stomach lining, enhance metabolism and aid digestion

These traditional uses of extra virgin Siberian pine nut oil drew a lot of attention from Russian and Chinese scientists and researchers who conducted numerous studies to figure out the biochemical processes behind the health-promoting action of this unique oil. They have studied various components of pine nut oil to figure out what ingredients in it may be responsible for these health effects. Finally, they zeroed in on two important components of pine nut oil: antioxidants and pinolenic acid.

Pinolenic acid (a triple-unsaturated fatty acid which is a positional isomer of a more widely known gamma-linolenic acid [GLA]) is found exclusively in pine nut oil, and is not present in any other species of plants. This fatty acid is present in all 140 varieties of pine nuts (and their oil) in quantities ranging from 0.1 to more than 20 percent. However, the richest known source of pinolenic acid is the oil pressed from the seeds of the Siberian pine (Pinus Sibirica). It was this oil, containing up to 27 per cent of pinolenic acid, that the native Siberians used as a nutrient-rich food and a healing remedy.

Scientists have also demonstrated that pinolenic acid favorably affects total blood lipids, reduces platelet aggregation, and lowers blood pressure, contributing to cardiovascular health.

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Extra virgin pine nut oil improves metabolism and aids digestion by helping our body to absorb more essential nutrients from food

In addition to being a uniquely potent antioxidant supplementHappy-woman and gastric lining healer, extra virgin pine nut oil also stimulates abundant duodenal release of cholecystokinin (CCK) -a critical catalyst for proper digestion of food in the intestinal tract.

By ensuring the availability of bile salts and enzymes to properly break down large macromolecules (proteins, polysaccharides, and triglycerides) into small molecules (amino acids, monosaccharides, and fatty acids) used by our bodies as all-important “building blocks”, CCK further enhances the overall performance of our metabolic and digestive systems. This puts an end to nutrient deficiencies. As a result, our body assimilates more vital nutrients from the food we ingest.


Three teaspoons of delicious extra virgin pine nut oil daily is all you need to heal your gastrointestinal lining, boost your metabolism and optimize your digestion and nutrient assimilation

For effective healing of gastritis,A  spoon of pine nut oil daily helps to achieve permanent weight loss peptic ulcers and other conditions related to an inflammation of the gastrointestinal lining (such as acid reflux, IBS, or ulcerative colitis), it is recommended to take at least 5 ml (one teaspoon) of extra virgin pine nut oil three times daily 30 to 60 minutes before a meal. For duodenal ulcers, it may be advisable to increase the dosage to 10 ml or more. Some people also find it useful to take an extra spoonful of pine nut oil at bedtime.

Sometimes, you will see an improvement in a matter of days or even hours after you begin taking pine nut oil. In other situations, it may take longer (on average, a significant improvement will be felt in 7 to 10 days after starting treatment). As with any other naturopathic remedy, it is important to persevere and continue treatment until you see results. After a stable improvement is achieved, the oil may be discontinued, but it is still a good idea to take a teaspoon at least once a day to avoid ulcer recurrence and protect the gastrointestinal lining. It is also a great idea to make pine nut oil a regular part of your diet by using it in your everyday meal preparation.

Penne with vegetables and pine nut oilAnother great thing about extra virgin pine nut oil is that, in addition to taking it straight by the teaspoon, you can use it in a variety of delicious and healthy recipes ranging from salad dressings and pastas to pesto and homemade nut butters. Extra virgin pine nut oil is a gourmet culinary oil that can be used in your kitchen in a variety of creative ways. For example, you could use in baking and light sauteing, or as an absolutely delightful dipping oil. If desired, it can be mixed into olive oil or used instead of it on your salad or in any of your favorite dishes that call for vegetable oil. We have a special page on our site devoted to our very own favorite pine nut oil recipes. And, most importantly, pine nut oil makes every meal you cook more satisfying and nutritious. extra virgin pine nut oil

In addition to being a potent gastrointestinal healer and digestive aid, extra virgin pine nut oil is also successfully used in naturopathic medicine to treat cardiovascular, inflammatory, and autoimmune disorders. Pine nut oil also offers powerful antioxidant protection to those exposed to increased oxidative stress (a group that includes pretty much everybody living in industrialized countries in the 21st century).

If you would like to order naturally grown, extra virgin pine nut oil, please visit out order page. If you want more information or have additional questions, please send an e-mail to our holistic nutritionists at We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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