One of my favorite sources of beneficial vitamin B6,Iranian pistachios can help boost your energy levels, improve skin and eye health, and contribute to a healthy metabolism. They’re truly loaded with all kinds of nutrients, like the aforementioned vitamin B6, thiamine, potassium, copper, magnesium and iron, for starters. Pistachios also contain healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats but are free of trans fat and cholesterol.
Scientific evidence has shown that pistachio nutrition can have a markedly positive effect on the following:
5 Health Benefits of Pistachios
1. Cholesterol and Heart Health
A pistachio study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirmed the status of pistachios as cholesterol-lowering foods.
studied 28 adults whose LDL cholesterol levels were above the optimal range but were healthy otherwise. The experimental diets included a lower-fat control diet with no pistachios, a healthy diet with one serving of pistachios per day and a healthy diet with two servings of pistachios per day. All participants who ate pistachios lowered their LDL levels.
In the context of a heart-healthy diet, the study showed that adding as little as one serving of pistachios per day (10 percent of total energy) lowered LDL cholesterol by 9 percent while the larger daily dose (two servings) of pistachios was attributed to a 12 percent decrease in LDL. (2)
High LDL is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease so by lowering your LDL level you can lower your risk of developing serious heart problems like coronary heart disease. Pistachios are also loaded with antioxidants, which are excellent for heart health.
2. Weight Control
Snacking on pistachios can help you to lose weight as well as maintain a healthy weight. By snacking on a serving between meals, the healthy fats, fiber and protein of pistachio nutrition can help you to fend up hunger between meals. Snacking on pistachios can also help you not begin your next meal feeling so ravenous because they help you achieve satiety.
Research from the UCLA School of Medicine showed that subjects who substituted pistachio nuts for food such as candy bars, dairy products, microwave popcorn, buttered popcorn and potato chips, with pistachios accounting for 20 percent of total calories for three weeks, did not gain any bodyweight, lowered their overall cholesterol and increased their good cholesterol. (3)
3. Eye Health
Pistachios are the only nuts that contain a significant amount of the carotenoids known as lutein and zeaxanthin. (4) Dietary carotenoids are believed to provide health benefits to the body by decreasing the risk of disease, particularly certain cancers and eye disease.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids found in the retina and lens of the eye. The results of epidemiological studies suggest that diets rich in lutein and zeaxanthin may help slow the development of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Carotenoids are best absorbed with fat in a meal or in the case of pistachio nutrition, good fat is already part of the package, making it easier for the body to absorb pistachio’s lutein and zeaxanthin. (5)
4. Sexual Function
Pistachios have been shown to have a positive effect on men’s sexual vitality. A 2011 study conducted by the Department of 2nd Urology at Atatürk Teaching and Research Hospital in Turkey had subjects consume 100 grams of pistachio nuts at lunch every day for a period of three weeks, which was 20 percent of their daily caloric intake. These subjects were all married men ranging in age from 38 to 59 who had erectile dysfunction (ED) for at least 12 months prior to the study. The men were instructed to maintain similar daily dietary intake, similar physical activity and other lifestyle habits so the only major change was the addition of pistachios to their diets.
The results of the study, published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, showed that these men with ED had a significant improvement in erectile function as well as improvement in their serum lipid levels. One reason pistachio nuts likely help ED and work as a natural remedy for impotence is the fact that they’re relatively high in the nonessential amino acid arginine, which appears to maintain flexible arteries and enhance blood flow by boosting nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes blood vessels. (6)
A study published in 2015 and conducted at Pennsylvania State Universiy looked at the effects of daily pistachio consumption on the lipid/lipoprotein profile, blood sugar control, inflammation markers and circulation of adults with type 2 diabetes. Participants either consumed nutritionally adequate diets without pistachios or with pistachios as 20 percent of their daily caloric intake.
The results showed that although the pistachio diet didn’t seem to affect glucose control, it did have a positive effect on total cholesterol, cholesterol ratios and triglycerides. Having diabetes puts you at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. For type 2 diabetics looking to improve their cardiometabolic risk factors, eating pistachios regularly as part of a healthy overall diet could help to ward off serious heart issues.
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