Healthy Benefits of Pistachio

Healthy Benefits of Pistachio

Healthy Benefits of Pistachio

They might taste good, but are pistachios good for you? The answer is a resounding yes! Pistachio nuts are known for their high amounts of antioxidants like beta-carotene, lutein and gamma-tocopherol (vitamin E).17

Pistachios are also a great source of vitamins, particularly B2, B3 and B5, as well as minerals like copper, zinc, selenium, manganese and calcium. Among all nuts, pistachios are the richest source of potassium as well. This impressive array of nutrients helps contribute to numerous health effects, including:18

  • Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels — A 2010 study found that just one to two daily servings of pistachios can increase antioxidant levels in the blood and reduce oxidized LDL (bad) cholesterol in people with high levels.19
  • Managing blood pressure levels — Adults with high cholesterol levels were also found to have reduced systolic blood pressure and vascular stress responses after they added pistachios to their diet, according to a separate study published in 2012.20
  • Supporting healthy weight — If you’re looking to lose weight or keep it at a healthy level, you can also count on pistachios. A 2014 study published in the journal Nutrition found that people who consumed pistachios for 24 weeks had reduced their waist size by 0.7 inches on average, as well as reduced their cholesterol levels by 15 points, improved blood sugar levels and had reduced inflammation. The monounsaturated fatty acids in pistachios were also found to target abdominal fat.21,22
  • May have anti-inflammatory effects — These nuts contain a compound called oleanolic acid, which was found to inhibit the production of leukotriene B, a proinflammatory agent, therefore helping alleviate atopic and allergic contact dermatitis.23

 

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