Pistachios are naturally loaded with nutrients like melatonin, fiber, vitamin E, minerals like potassium and magnesium, antioxidants including polyphenols, carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, phytochemicals to keep the immune system strong. Adding pistachios to a healthy diet may help maintain healthy blood pressure, lower levels of cholesterol and other measures of oxidative damage.
What experts suggest
As per the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) it has been observed that tree nuts, like pistachios, must be considered as a part of a heart healthy diet. Various studies have also looked at the effects of eating pistachios on cardiovascular health. And how a calorie-controlled amount of pistachios as part of a heart healthy diet daily to lower the risk of heart diseases by:
Lowering total cholesterol
Increasing antioxidants in the blood and decreasing oxidized-LDL. Daily intake of heart healthy foods may help in decreasing small dense LDL and increasing phytosterol levels in the blood which helps lower blood cholesterol by decreasing the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines during digestion and reducing the amount of cholesterol produced by the body
Providing beneficial anti-inflammatory properties
Reducing stress by lowering blood pressure, heart rate and peripheral vascular responses. In addition, given their interesting nutritional composition, various studies have recognized the association between nut consumption and the incidence of, and mortality from, certain CVD outcomes. According to a study by BMC Medicine, consumption of nuts has a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health and for those who ate more than three servings of nuts, including pistachios, per week may lower the mortality risk by 39%. Regularly eating pistachios, not more than 1 oz a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may lower the risk of heart disease and help improve health and wellbeing.
Article by: American Pistachios