Pistachios lower Choleserol

Pistachios lower Choleserol

Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, ND, of Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Nutritional Sciences, and colleagues, recruited 10 men and 18 women, all healthy nonsmokers, to eat the nuts.

They found that eating pistachios increased antioxidant levels in adults with high cholesterol.

“Our previous study showed the benefits of pistachios in lowering lipids and liproproteins, which are a risk factor for heart disease,” Kris-Etherton, a professor of nutrition, says in a news release. “This new study shows an additional effect of pistachios, so now there are multiple health benefits of eating pistachios.”

The little morsels also are high in antioxidants lutein, beta-carotene, and gamma-tocopherol, compared to other nuts. Beta-carotene is the precursor to vitamin A. Gamma-tocopherol is a form of vitamin E. Lutein is found in dark green leafy vegetables and is important in vision and skin health

  • Date: 6/28/2016
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