Pistachios & Heart Health

Pistachios contain an array of nutrients that may contribute to heart health. In addition to being a high source of unsaturated & monounsaturated fats, pistachios also contain plant sterols which all contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesteroli,ii Thiamine, potassium, chromium and copper are just a few heart healthy nutrients that pistachios are a high source of which contribute to normal heart function and supports blood pressure. Pistachios are a source of many other nutrients like protein, iron, magnesium and vitamin E, as well as able to boast being very low in salt (unsalted only), so overall they can help to promote a wide range of health benefits.










Whilst there is as yet no equivalent EU authorised health claim for nuts, scientific research suggests that pistachios may help to support the heart and healthy blood vessels. Studies have shown that adding pistachios to a healthy diet may help to lower levels of oxidized-LDL (bad) cholesterol2.


A variety of nutrients in pistachios play a role in the maintaining normal blood cholesterol. Pistachios are a high source of unsaturated and monounsaturated fats; plus contain oleic acid, linoleic acid (also unsaturated fats) and plant sterols/stanols. Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol, as does the consumption of plant sterols. Pistachios provide 10g linoleic acid per 76g serving which is the required amount for the beneficial effect to be obtainediii. Furthermore just 40g of pistachios per day would provide adequate plant sterols/stanols to obtain the beneficial effecti.


Health Professionals check out more about pistachio nutrition and heart health research.

References:.
1. Dreher ML. (2012) Pistachio nuts: composition and potential health benefits. Nutrition Reviews. 70(4): 234-40
2. Kay CD, Gebauer SK, West SG. Et al. Pistachios increase serum antioxidants and lower serum oxidized-LDL in hypercholesterolemic adults. J Nutr (2010); 140:1093-1098
3. The PREDIMED Study, Estruch R, et al. New Engl J Med. 2013 Apr 4;368(14):1279-1290.

i Plant sterols contribute to maintaining normal blood cholesterol levels (Beneficial effect is obtained from at least 0.8g of plant sterols/stanols per day - 100g pistachios contain 0.21g plant sterols.)
ii Replacing saturated fats in the diet with unsaturated fats contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol
iii Linoleic acid contributes to the maintenance of normal cholesterol levels (Beneficial effect is obtained with daily intake of 10g of linoleic acid – 76g of pistachios provide 10g of linoleic acid.)


Nutrition Power - Pistachios have
protein, beneficial fats, fiber and
other important nutrients your body
needs every day**

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Post Exercise Aid - Pistachios can
help to meet the post exercise
needs of casual fitness enthusiasts
and athletes*

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Weight Management -There
are several good reasons why pistachios
may help to support weight management
programs as part of a varied, balanced
diet and healthy lifestyle.

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Pistachios and Health
Pistachios provide a variety of
nutrients offering diverse
benefits to health****

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*Pistachios are a source of protein which contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle. Pistachios are a high source of potassium which helps your muscles work normally and supports normal blood pressure. Pistachios are a high source of vitamin B6 which helps you feel less tired and contributes to the normal metabolism of protein and glycogen. Pistachios are a source of magnesium which helps your muscles work normally, supports normal protein synthesis and helps you feel less tired. Pistachios are a source of vitamin B2 which supports the normal release of energy from foods, supports normal iron metabolism and helps you feel less tired. Pistachios are a source of zinc which supports normal immune system function, normal protein synthesis and plays a role in normal carbohydrate metabolism.

**Pistachios are a source of protein, supporting normal bones and contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle. Pistachios are a high source of monounsaturated fats. Replacing saturated fats in the diet with unsaturated fats contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol. Pistachios are a high source of fibre. Pistachios are a high source of chromium, potassium, manganese, phosphorous and copper, and a source of magnesium, iron, selenium and zinc.

***Pistachios are a high source of potassium which help muscles work normally and supports normal blood pressure, plus chromium which contributes to maintaining normal blood glucose levels. Pistachios are a source of protein which contributes to the growth & maintenance of muscles,and a source of folate which contributes to normal blood formation, metabolism of homocysteine and plays a role in making cells in the body.

****Pistachios are a high source of chromium which contributes to maintaining normal blood glucose level and plays a role in the normal metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates. Pistachios are a source of iron which supports normal oxygen transport around the body, normal release of energy from foods, normal immune system function, contributes to normal thinking abilities and helps you feel less tired. Pistachios are a high source of vitamin B6 which contributes to normal metabolism of homocysteine, normal psychological function/ contributes to normal mental health, normal metabolism of protein and glycogen and helps maintain normal hormone levels.