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From Siberia With Health

Siberian pine (Pinus sibirica) has symbolized health, strength, longevity, and power since ancient times. The centuries-old use of its resin, wood, needles, and nuts is based on the practical benefits of the tree for human health.

The unique composition of pine nuts explains their beneficial properties. Pinus sibirica nut has a healing effect on various human organs: heart, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, lungs, skin, endocrine glands.

Many fans of pine nut products are wondering: what is the difference between pine nut flour and whole pine nuts and does flour lose its beneficial properties when ground? Let's try to answer this question:

What is pine nut flour?

Pine nut flour is a product made by cold pressing of pomace and oil obtained from the kernels of pine nuts. The homogeneous mass of powdery consistency has a pleasant aroma and is characterized by delicate taste qualities.

Compared with other types of flour, pine nut flour has almost 2 times fewer calories than whole wheat flour, 20% protein, 15 different minerals, 6 B vitamins, and vitamin E.

A powerful antioxidant, pine bark extract was originally used by indigenous peoples of North America and Asia as a medicinal herb. French navigator Jacques Cartier, who initiated the French colonization of Canada, used pine bark during an expedition in 1535 as a cure for scurvy caused by insufficient vitamin C levels in the body.

Nowadays, pharmacologists and nutritionists have also realized the many benefits associated with the healing effect of pine bark, which first appeared in the United States as a dietary supplement in 1987.

In this article, we will tell you why pine bark is often considered one of the best preventive and strengthening agents for human lungs and bronchus.

Pycnogenol - a unique healing substance.

Pine bark is one of the richest sources of a rare flavonoid called "pycnogenol". Studies have shown that pycnogenol has a complex positive effect on the human body. Pycnogenol can be obtained from different pine species such as Pinus radiata, Pinus densiflora, and Pinus thunbergii.

Flavonoids are phytonutrients, plant pigments found in large quantities in fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that can have a beneficial effect on the condition of many human organs.

Pycnogenol can have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, reducing oxidative stress and improving vascular endothelial function. But more importantly, pycnogenol can improve the state of the respiratory system by affecting the level of leukotrienes in the blood serum.

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Siberia is rich in ancient mysteries of nature that may never be known to man. The more valuable are the secrets that are already known and serve us today. One of these secrets is the ancient art of brewing coniferous tea, inherited from the shamans of the indigenous Siberian tribes.

Coniferous tea is a traditional drink of the inhabitants of the Siberian taiga, who are famous all over the world for their good health and longevity. Pine, spruce, fir needles contain vitamins and trace elements that strengthen the immune system in winter. In this article, you will learn about why white pine needle tea is considered one of the healthiest drinks in the world.

Siberian cedar is the oldest representative of the pine family. The tree is famous for its beauty and slimness. The love of this coniferous plant for sunlight is known. Being a long-lived pine, White Pine can reach the age of 400 years, although on average this figure is 200 - 250 years. Pinus sibirica begins to bear fruit only from the age of 15 - 40 with a sufficient amount of sunlight.

The healing properties of White Pine have been known for a long time. Due to the presence of biologically active substances in its composition, it is possible to successfully use this plant in the complex treatment of many diseases. Speaking of medicinal raw materials, it is worth noting that pine needles, resin (oleoresin), nuts, and their shells possess them. White Pine needles also have medicinal properties, and they bring the greatest benefit in the form of tea prepared according to old Siberian traditions.

Pine nut flour is a natural product obtained from pure pine nut kernels as a result of crushing the whole pine nuts into a powder form at special pine nut mills. The product obtained is called pine nut flour.

Useful properties of pine nut flour.

This Siberian pine nut flour is tasty, delicious but it can even help to absorb and gently remove slags and toxins from your body. Healthy protein in pine nut flour can help athletes strengthen their body and stimulate the growth of muscle mass.

Flour from this environmentally friendly product is widely used in home cooking – it adds to the usual pies, cupcakes, and casseroles a delicate aroma and soft taste of Siberian nuts. Pine nut flour promises a fascinating journey into the tasty delights of the mysterious Siberian region!

Below we will take a look at 3 unusual baking recipes from Siberian chefs:

Dihydroquercetin: medicinal properties and where it can be found.

As for dihydroquercetin, or taxifolin, it was discovered back in 1938, and for the first time showed its effectiveness in the fight against bleeding gums. At that time, the structure of dihydroquercetin was not yet known, and its functions, during the Second World War, research was suspended. But now we can fully explain its healing properties.

But here's the problem: unlike quercetin, it was not found in plants so often, despite the fact that quercetin and taxifolin molecules are very similar in structure, but very different in function and ability to heal the body.

Dihydroquercetin was found in grape seeds and rose petals, but naturally, it would be at least costly to isolate dihydroquercetin from these substances on an industrial scale, and we also do not use rose petals and grape seeds for food. Yes, there is a recipe for exotic jam made from rose petals and cold-pressed grape seed oil, but it is unlikely that they can be compared with onions, cabbage and plums in terms of frequency of use.

However, an almost inexhaustible source of taxifolin has now been found. This is an ecologically clean Siberian larch (Larix sibirica), which forms huge arrays of taiga forests in Siberia and the Far East. Dihydroquercetin occurs unevenly in larch tissues. There is more of it in that part of the trunk, which is called a lump, and goes into the roots. There is this bioflavonoid most of all.

The height of an adult Siberian pine tree can be 44 m, but usually, it does not exceed 35 m. In an old tree, the trunk girth sometimes reaches 2 m. The lifetime of Siberian pines may slightly exceed 500 years.

The length of the dark green needles of Siberian pines is sometimes equal to 0.14 m. Needles form bundles, each of which has strictly 5 needles. The root system is quite short: it is formed from rod roots with intensive branching.

Pinus Sibirica blooms in the middle of summer. The time of collecting cones falls in August and in the first days of September. The collected tree seeds can be stored in a proper conditions for a maximum of 10-12 months.

Siberian pine is characterized by the formation of a dense crown in the form of a sharp cone. As the tree matures, it becomes wider. The smooth bark is initially colored gray, later it acquires a gray-brown color and is covered with furrows. Young shoots have a thickness of 0.6-0.7 cm, are colored in a light brown tone, and are covered with thick red hair. The buds of this tree do not contain resin, they reach 0.6-1 cm in length.

The needles can last on the branches for 2-3 years. Direct cones are shaped like an egg or elongated in length. Pines begin to bear cones in the second year after flowering.

The mature cone reaches a length of 0.06-0.13 m, it is characterized by tightly pressed scales, the shields on which are thickened. There may be 30-150 seeds in the cone. The peak of fruiting (falling of cones) falls in August and early autumn. Under favorable conditions, 1000-1500 cones can fall from a large pine tree.

Oil from pine (cedar) nuts growing in Siberia has been used for many centuries by locals (famous for their good health and longevity) for the treatment and prevention of many diseases. It is consumed in its pure form, mixed with Siberian herbs, pine resin, shilajit, etc.

The legendary properties of Siberian pine nut oil have been ignored by official medicine and pharmacy for many years, but in recent years scientific institutes around the world have shown interest in this unique natural remedy.

The main attention of the minds of scientists is occupied by the study of linolenic acid, which is unique in that it is contained only in the seeds of coniferous plants. Pine nut oil contains a significant amount of this acid (more than 18%). In addition to the well-known Oleic and Pinolenic acids, pine nut oil contains Skeadonic, Palmitic, Stearic, Gadoleic, Arachidonic, Eicosatetraenoic (ETA), Behenic, Palmitinoleic.

Thanks to its rich composition, Pine nut oil has amazing properties that can be justified and explained with the help of modern science. What do scientists say about the medicinal properties of cedar oil and Linolenic Acid included in its composition?

Currently, it is scientifically proven that products containing Pinolenic acid can be used to control weight, to control food intake, appetite, and /or weight loss.

Balsam made from resin and pine nut oil - an ancient secret of Siberian healers.

The indigenous inhabitants of Siberia have noticed how quickly wounds heal under the pine resin many centuries ago. Since ancient times, they have been collecting this sticky substance to dissolve it in cold-pressed pine nut oil. This is how pine resin mixed with pine nut oil - a balm that quickly heals wounds, heals injuries and illnesses. It has strong antiseptic, bactericidal properties and is one of the most versatile remedies in traditional medicine.

Pine resin mixed with pine nut oil also helps in the treatment of the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory system, cardiovascular system. It enhances immunity and improves blood circulation, removes toxic substances from the body, and improves tone.

Mixed components of pine nut oil and resin easily penetrate the human body: through integuments, mucous membranes, saliva, or lungs. Together with pine oil, the balm acts in a truly miraculous way, maintaining and restoring health.

It is for this reason that a mixture of pine resin and pine nut oil can be used in the treatment of a huge number of modern diseases, and at the same time it can be stored for a long time, retaining its healing properties for many years.

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What natural products contain suramin?

The richest sources of life-giving suramin today are conifers growing in ecologically clean regions of Siberia. Many generations of locals strengthen their immunity with the help of natural teas from:

  • Pine tree cones

Tea made from pine cones is a real treasure of useful substances. This tea helps with vascular and heart diseases. It also helps to normalize the functioning of the nervous system and gastrointestinal tract. In Russia, such tea was used to fight hangovers and binge drinking. It is generally accepted that if you inhale pine vapors, you will immediately manifest an aversion to alcohol.

Today, many doctors also advise patients with oncology and diabetic ulcers to regularly take pine cone tea.

  • Spruce and Siberian pine fir needles.

Due to the high content of suramin, tea with pine needles is not only a method for treating diseases, it is effective for preventive purposes. Due to its high content of vitamin C, it is useful for the prevention of scurvy. In the cold season, spruce tea reliably protects against influenza, since the needles of needles contain shikimic acid.