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Sunday, July 30, 2017

13 Health Benefits of Pistachio

Pistachio is the nut obtained from the small plant native to Asia. Due to several health benefits followed by alluring taste and aroma human has been consuming pistachio from the long time back.

The ability to thrive in various climatic condition is making pistachio an attractive crop for the commercial cultivators. Pistachio tree can attend the height of around ten meters upon maturity.

The pistachio has the long life expectancy. It is recorded to have the lifespan of around 700 years under the wild condition and normally of 50 to 80 Years. New plant starts fruiting after the age of 20 years.

Propagation is generally carried out by the rootstock. It requires both the male and female plant for the production. The male plant does not yield the nut but it is essential for the pollination of the nut.

Pistachios and Nut Allergy

Nut allergy is the common type of allergy affecting several individuals around the globe. This is due to the allergy to the plant protein. Anyone with the nut allergy needs to abstain the consumption of the Pistachio.

Pistachio Oil

Pistachio oil is obtained by pressing the pistachio nut. The flavor of the pistachio oil is similar to the pistachio nut. It is often used to add the flavor to several steamed vegetables and various culinary items.


Pistachio is highly praised for the presence of the essential nutrient. The predominant part of the pistachio comprises of fat which is more than forty-five percent by volume. It has around twenty-eight percent of carbohydrate and more than twenty percent of protein.

Vitamins present in the pistachio include Vitamin A, B, C, E and K in different proportion. The vitamins B complex present is B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9 in varying proportion.

Minerals present in the pistachio are Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Zinc in relatively higher concentration (1).

Health Benefits of Pistachio

1. Weight Loss

The goodness of the high amount of the essential nutrient in the pistachios is claimed to aids in losing the weight. The ability to boost the metabolism has immense benefit in losing the weight.  It is not recommended to consume more than a handful of pistachio in the day. Consuming huge volume of pistachio can reverse the scenario.

Further, pistachio is rich in mono and polyunsaturated fat effective in losing the weight (2).

2. Blood Sugar

The presence of the high amount of the soluble fiber in the pistachio is beneficial in control release of the glucose in the blood. This is effective in the prevention of the noisome spike in the sugar level in the blood (3).

3. Prevent Cancer

The presence of the phytosterols is claimed to produced beneficial effect in the prevention of cancer like the breast cancer in the human.

The oleic acid innate in the pistachio is beneficial in the prevention of cancer (4).

4. Cholesterol

The intake of the pistachio is claimed to regulate the level of the cholesterol in the blood due to the content of the abundant soluble fiber (5).

5. Gout

Gout refers to as the painful form of arthritis due to the accumulation of the uric acid crystal around the joints. It is often referred to the disorder of the purine metabolism.

Intake of the pistachio is claimed to beneficial effect to prevent the occurrence of gout (6).

6. Aphrodisiac

Traditionally pistachio is given to combat the erectile dysfunction in the man (7).

7. Pregnancy

Moderate consumption of the pistachio is claimed to produce beneficial effect during pregnancy due to the goodness of essential nutrients (8).

8. Healthy Bone

The goodness of high amount of the calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and another nutrient present in the pistachio produces the beneficial effect in obtaining the healthy bone (9).

9. Wrinkles

The presence of the high antioxidant present in the pistachio is beneficial in the prevention of the aging process, which is marked by the onset of the wrinkles (10).

10. Healthy Heart

The goodness of the high amount of the potassium followed by the beneficial effect of the lowering cholesterol in the blood produces the beneficial effect in obtaining the healthy heart (11).

11. Fertility

Chronic lack of the zinc in the diet can cause infertility. Pistachio is lush in the zinc, which is beneficial to cure infertility (12).

Further, the high fat innate in the pistachio is claimed to be beneficial in boosting the fertility.

12. Anemia

Anemia is the disease caused due to the lack of the iron in the diet. Pistachio is the rich source of the iron, which is beneficial in the prevention of the anemia (13).

For efficient iron absorption, the folic acid is required which is present in the pistachio.

13. Hair

The goodness of high innate protein and fat combined with the presence of several B complex vitamins helps to make the attractive hair (14).

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