The study also mentions that no less than five published randomized cardiovascular trials have shown that pistachios promote heart-healthy blood lipid profiles.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 15, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending its support to a new health study showing that pistachio nuts have an abundance of nutrients that help a wide array of health issues.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Friday, April 13, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/the-healing-food-thats-a-tasty-snack), a recent study has found pistachios to be a nutrient-dense nut with a heart-healthy fatty-acid profile, as well as protein, dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, tocopherols, and a number of phytochemicals.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that according to the study (which reviewed the results from other clinical trials), among nuts, pistachios contain the highest levels of potassium, gamma-tocopherol (a type of vitamin E), vitamin K, phytosterols, and xanthophyll carotenoids. The study also mentions that no less than five published randomized cardiovascular trials have shown that pistachios promote heart-healthy blood lipid profiles. Other clinical studies suggest that pistachios help maintain healthy antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, glycemic control, and endothelial function.
One more point that was mentioned: when consumed in moderation, pistachios may help control body weight because of their satiation effects (i.e. their ability to make you feel full). Pistachios were also found to have a reduced net metabolizable energy content — meaning they are more readily turned into energy when digested instead of nutrients being lost due non-digestion.
One study with subjects in a weight-loss program demonstrated lower body mass index and triglyceride levels in individuals who consumed pistachios compared with those who consumed an isocaloric pretzel snack. Emerging research suggests that the addition of pistachios to high-glycemic meals may lower the overall post-meal glycemic response.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that the unique green and purple hue of pistachios are due to the presence of lutein and to pistachio’s anthocyanin content.
All in all, pistachios seemed to score very well when it came to nutrient content and health benefits.
(SOURCE: Dreher, M.L., et al., "Pistachio nuts: composition and potential health benefits," Nutr. Rev., Apr. 2012; 70(4): 234-40.)
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The Doctors Health Press believes in the healing properties of various superfoods, like pistachios, as well as the benefits of taking vitamins and supplements, Chinese herbal remedies and homeopathy. To see a video outlining the Doctors Health Press' views on homeopathic healing, visit http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/homeopathy.