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Pistachio Nuts Health Benefits

Pistachio nuts are dry fruits of species of trees belonging in the Anacardiaceae family, in the genus: Pistacia. The plant is a medium sized broad, bushy, dioeciously, deciduous tree, believed to be originating in the mountain ranges of West-Asian region.

 

The nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.

 

Pistachios are delicious tree nuts recognized for their wholesome nutrition properties.

 

Together with walnuts, almonds, and cashew, they form important source of protein, fats, and minerals to otherwise dry and arid regions of Central, West and South Asian population.

 

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.

 

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 contain fewer calories and more potassium and vitamin K per serving than other nuts.

 

A 1-ounce serving of dry-roasted pistachios contains 160 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 15 grams of fat, including only 2 grams of saturated fat.

 

Pistachios also help in eliminating dryness from the skin. The saturated fat plays a major role in this aspect.

 

The fat also acts as a good carrier or base oil as it is used as an ingredient in traditional therapies like aromatherapy and traditional massage therapy.

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