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EXTRA VIRGIN PINE NUT OIL IS A POWERHOUSE OF HEALING AND HEALTH-PROMOTING NATURAL COMPONENTS FROM THE "TSAR OF ALL TREES" - THE SIBERIAN PINE

The powerful healing and health-promoting properties of extra virgin pine nut oil have been known in Russia and Europe for a long time. Ever since the 16th century Russia has been exporting Siberian pine nut oil to Sweden, England, and other European countries. Dr. Peter Pallas, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has written the following about pine nut oil in 1894: "In Switzerland, they use our pine nut oil in pharmacies. The oil is prescribed to people suffering from gastric ulcers. It is also used to treat respiratory disorders, as well as burns and other skin problems."

Plantings of Siberian pines were popular in Russian monasteries, where the oil was used by monks as food and medicine. Russian Orthodox monks have to follow a very strict dietary regimen, which prohibits them from consuming any products of animal origin (including meat, dairy, or fish) for more than 200 days out of every year. At the same time, every monk has a lot of daily obediences, manyTolgsky Monastery of them requiring hard physical labor. For many centuries, Russian monks have used pine nut oil to boost their stamina and get the energy required to get through their work-filled days.

In late 16th century, one of the largest and most famous man-made plantings of Siberian pines was started at Tolgsky Monastery, located on the river named Tolga near an ancient Russian city of Yaroslavl. Because of the amazing longevity of Siberian pines, this wonderful "cedar garden" (in Russia, Siberian pines are also often called "Siberian cedars") is still very much alive, and some of the trees (many of which are more than four hundred years old!) continue to produce the hard-shelled, fragrant kernels from which extra virgin pine nut oil is made. The monastery, frequented by the family of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, is still a prominent center of Russian Christianity and a place of breathtaking natural beauty.

The beautiful Siberian pine (Pinus Sibirica) is truly a miracle of Nature. A typical Siberian pine is about 100 to 150 feet tall, reaching five to seven feet in diameter. The seed-bearing cones would only grow at the top 4 to 5 feet of the tree's total height. Siberian pine grows very slowly, and its average life-span ranges from 300 to 550 years, sometimes reaching up to 800 years.

Pine nut oil has been widely used by Russian doctors internally for the treatment of peptic ulcers and gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), as well as a metabolism enhancer and digestive aid. They also applied it externally to Siberian pineconestreat burns and bruises and improve skin conditon, and used it for therapeutic inhalations, baths, and massages. In recent decades, extra virgin Siberian pine nut oil has drawn a lot of attention from scientists and researchers. The latest studies explain the health benefits of the oil from the standpoint of modern science. Regular use of pine nut oil provides the body with many vital nutrients, including good fats, amino acids (building blocks for proteins), fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants, as well as essential macro- and microelements.

Extra virgin Siberian pine nut oil is a rich source of natural antioxidants, such as vitamin E, carotenoids (including beta-carotene, used by our bodies to produce vitamin A), niacin (vitamin PP), magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, manganese, and sulfur-containing amino acids. Lately, the problems of lipid peroxidation and the antioxidant status of our bodies have become a focus of major attention. Many metabolic and other physiological processes in the human body lead to the production of so-called "free radicals". These very active, chemically aggressive molecules take part in the accumulation and biotransformation of energy, detoxify and neutralize certain harmful substances, and participate in the functioning of the immune system.

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Under normal conditions, the intensity of free radical-induced oxidative processes in the body is maintained at the required level by a sophisticated system of antioxidant defenses, the components of which include a great number of vitamins, enzymes, microelements, amino acids, and certain hormones (such as thyroxin and estrogens). Physiologically, lipid peroxidation and antioxidant protection form a dynamically balanced integrated system capable of self-regulation. However, such factors as the deterioration of human environment, toxic, emotional, and physical stress, as well as the consumption of large quantities of refined carbohydrates, trans-fats, and other processed foods leads to the weakening and exhaustion of natural anti-oxidative mechanisms, causing a free radical overload, also called oxidative stress. By aggressively engaging in chemical reactions with other molecules, these excess free radicals damage enzymes, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids, disrupting the normal functioning of cells. Free radicals are implicated in causing a variety of acute and chronic health problems, including peptic ulcers and gastritis, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disorders, premature aging, and even cancer. Therefore, the intake of additional natural antioxidants becomes vital to the maintenance of the body's anti-oxidative defenses at acceptable levels.

Extra virgin pine nut oil is an effective natural concentrate of powerful antioxidants. Therefore, in addition to its usage as a natural peptic ulcer remedy, many doctors now recommend using it as a daily antioxidant supplement and immune system enhancer. Due to the delicate, pleasant taste of the oil, it is also an easy way of adding an extra degree of antioxidant and immunity-boosting protection to the diet of our children. It is a fact: they love the taste! Here is a letter from a mother of two in Vladivostok, Russia, who has achieved excellent results in staving off colds and flu by adding pine nut oil to her children's diet:

 

"One of the most popular ways of using pine nut oil is to take it as a natural, completely balanced "multivitamin". With this in mind, I have decided to make it a daily part of the diet of my children. I was all the more determined because we were in the midst of a massive flu epidemic in my hometown.

Both of my children - a 7 years old daughter and a 1.5 years old son - simply fell in love with pine nut oil. Having trusted me in trying her first teaspoon, my boy kept asking for more - he loved the taste!Lena Markova

My daughter took a more rationalist approach: if Mom says it's good for me, then I have to take it! But, after trying her first spoon, she was completely hooked on the taste, too. She just kept saying: please, Mom, give me some more of this sweet oil! She was very unhappy that I did not always give her as much oil as she wanted.

Next time, to avoid disappointing them by not giving them all the pine nut oil they wanted, I decided to mix it into their hot cereal without telling them anything. Pine nut oil added a wonderful nutty flavor to oatmeal, rice, and buckwheat kasha. It tends to enhance the natural taste of the cereal without overpowering it.

Although I could not afford to use pine nut oil every day, and had to use it between 3 and 5 days a week, we were very happy with the results. For the first time, our whole family has experienced a totally "flu-free" winter season. Nothing, not even a single runny nose for the entire winter!

Speaking about using pine nut oil in the kitchen, I have to say that you have to experiment and be creative. Use your imagination, and build on your experience. I wish everybody good luck and plenty of new discoveries in the use of pine nut oil!

Valentina Markova, Vladivostok, Russia

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