EATING PISTACHIOS CAN BOOST HEALTH
HOW NUTS CAN RAISE ANTIOXIDANT LEVELS
Pistachio nuts have a multitude of health benefits, according to US researchers, including increasing the levels of antioxidants in the blood of adults with high cholesterol levels.
Researchers conducted a controlled feeding experiment to test the effects of pistachios on antioxidant levels, placing participants on one of three diets.
All three diets were variations on a cholesterol-lowering diet, with just two including pistachios.
Study participants on the pistachio diets produced higher blood serum levels of the antioxidants beta-carotene, lutein and gamma-tocopherol than the typical American diet.
“Our previous study showed the benefits of pistachios in lowering lipids and lipoproteins,” says Professor Penny Kris-Etherton at Pennsylvania State University. “This new study shows an additional effect of pistachios, so now there are multiple health benefits of eating pistachios.”