Korean pine


Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis) is a hardy evergreen tree with edible seeds, commonly called pine nuts or pine kernels, which are often used as an ingredient in pesto or cooking oils. Several parts of the Korean pine plant have been used medicinally, including the leaves, roots, bark, stems, and resin. The principal active ingredient is thought to be pinolenic acid. Pinolenic acid is not to be confused with columbinic acid found in columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) seed oil.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Korean pine has been used for its cholesterol-lowering and appetite-suppressing effects. Additional studies are needed to confirm the safety and efficacy of its long-term use.

Related Terms

Alpha-pinene, beta-myrcene, beta-pinene, beta-sitosterol, bishomo-pinolenic acid (7,11,14-20:3), (-)-bornyl acetate, broadleaf Korean pine, broadleaved Korean pine, C18H30O2, C20 elongation products, C20 fatty acids, C20 non-methylene-interrupted trienoic acid, camphene, caryophyllene, coniferonic acid (5,9,12,15-18:4), cupin superfamily proteins, daucosterol, dehydroabietic acid, delta5 desaturase, delta-5,9,12-18:3, delta5,11,14/20:3, delta-5-desaturase, delta-5-desaturation, delta-5-UBIFA, delta-5-unsaturated bis-methylene-interrupted fatty acids (delta-5-UBIFAs), delta-5-unsaturated polymethylene-interrupted fatty acids (delta-5-UPIFAs), delta-5-UPIFA, diterpenoid acids, diterpenoids, diterpenols, eicosatrienoic acid (ETrA, 7,11,14-20:3), essential oils, free fatty acids, gum turpentines, Gymnospermae (group), gymnosperms, hydroxyabietic acid, isolongifolene, koraiol, Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis Siebold & Zucc.), Korean pine nut oil, Korean pine seed oil, lambertianic acid, limonene, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, monounsaturated fats, NMIFA, non-methylene-interrupted fatty acids (NMIFAs), octadecatrienoic acid, oleic acid, oleoresin, omega-6 fatty acids, phenolic terpenoids, Pinaceae (family), pine cone essential oil, pine kernel, pine seed oil, pinecone seeds, pinion, PinnoThin™, pinolenic acid (cis-5,cis-9,cis-12-octadecatrienoic acid, all-cis-5,9,12-octadecatrienoic acid, piñon, Pinus koraiensis, Pinus korazenszis, polyunsaturated fats, procyanidins, resin, sandaracopimaric acid, sciadonic acid (5,11,14-20:3), seed fatty acids, seed storage proteins, sesquiterpene alcohol, taxoleic acid (delta-5,9-18:2), terpenes, terpenoids, trans-fatty acids, trienoic acids, triglycerides, unsaturated dietary fats, vicilin-type 7S seed storage protein.

evidence table

These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Appetite suppressant (Grade: B)
Early research suggests that Korean pine nut oil decreases food intake and feelings of hunger. Additional long-term research in this area is needed.