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Pistachio nuts are dry fruits of species of trees belonging in the Anacardiaceae family,
of the genus: Pistacia. Wonderfully delicious pistachio nuts have been revered as the
symbol of wellness and robust health since ancient times. The nuts are enriched with
many health-benefiting nutrients that are essential for optimum health.
Pistachios have been shown to reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol and increase the good
HDL cholesterol after only a short period of regular consumption. High in antioxidants
such as vitamins A and E, they fight inflammation, protecting blood vessels and
reducing risk of heart disease. Even a moderate intake of pistachios has been shown to
increase levels of lutein, an antioxidant well known for protecting against oxidized LDL,
reducing heart disease.
Eating pistachios may help to prevent Type 2 diabetes. 60 percent of the recommended
daily value of the mineral phosphorous is contained in just one cup of pistachios. As
well as breaking down proteins into amino acids, phosphorous aids glucose tolerance.
Pistachios are an incredibly rich source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is essential to make
hemoglobin, the protein responsible for carrying oxygen through the blood stream to
cells, and is also shown to increase the amount of oxygen carried.
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Health Benefits*: -
- Heart Health
- Prevents Diabetes
- Benefits Nervous System
- Prevents Macular Degeneration
- Vision Health
- Skin Health
- Lowers Cholesterol
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in the formation of myelin, the insulating sheath around nerve ﬁbers that allows optimal messaging between nerves.
Furthermore, vitamin B6 contributes to the synthesis of serotonin, melatonin, epinephrine and gamma-aminobutyric acid, or
GABA, an amino acid that calms the transmission of nerve impulses throughout the nervous system.
Pistachios contain two carotenoids not found in most nuts. These carotenoids, called lutein and zeaxanthin, function as
protective antioxidants, defending tissues from damage from free radicals. They have been linked with a decrease in the risk
for developing age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of visual impairments.
A healthy immune system requires adequate intake of vitamin B6, which pistachios abound in. A surfeit of vitamin B6 can
retard brain activity as well as decrease the effectiveness of the immune system for fighting infections. Vitamin B6 found in
pistachios also helps the body make healthy red blood cells, and helps maintain the health of lymphoid glands, such as the
thymus, spleen and lymph nodes, ensuring the production of white blood cells that defend the body from infections.
Pistachios are a great source of vitamin E, a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant, essential for maintaining the integrity of cell
membranes and often recommended for healthy and beautiful skin. Vitamin E does an excellent job protecting the skin from
UV damage, providing daily defense against premature aging and skin cancer.
Pistachio nuts, contain high levels of phytosterols, a plant compound molecularly similar to cholesterol. Phytosterols are not
as readily absorbed by the body as cholesterol, and scientists believe that they help lower blood cholesterol levels by
partially preventing the body's absorption of cholesterol. A study by Penn State revealed that eating 45 to 85 grams, a
handful or two, of pistachios a day can substantially lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
Refer to www.healthdiaries.com and www.livestrong.com for more info.