Pistachio Nuts Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts


Health Benefits: 
High Blood Pressure | Digestive Health | Heart diseases | Obesity | Diabetes II | High Cholesterol | Antioxidants | Circulation | Brain Health
Nutrition Facts of Pistachio Nuts:
Serving size: 100 g

Nutrients Amount
Energy 2,351 kJ (572 kcal)
water 4.37 g
Carbohydrates 27.17 g
Sugars 7.66 g
Dietary fiber 10.6 g
Protein 20.16 g
Fat 45.32 g
Saturated 5.907 g
Monounsaturated 23.257 g
Polyunsaturated 14.38 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. 516 μg
Thiamine (B1) 0.87 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 0.160 mg
Niacin (B3) 1.300 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.52 mg
Vitamin B6 1.700 mg
Folic Acid 51 μg
Vitamin C 5.6 mg
Vitamin D 0 μg
Vitamin E 2.86 mg
Minerals
Calcium 105 mg
Iron 3.92 mg
Magnesium 121 mg
Manganese 1.2 mg
Phosphorus 490 mg
Potassium 1025 mg
Zinc 2.2 mg

Source: USDA Nutrient Database No. 28

Health Benefits:
Antioxidants:
Kernels of pistachio nuts are rich in many antioxidant phytochemical compounds, like carotenes, lutein, and zeaxanthin, etc. These compounds remove the free radicals from the body, thereby protecting us from many diseases like diabetes, cancers, and inflammatory disorders. Pistachio Nuts are also rich in vitamin e, especially, gamma-tocopherol, which is a good lipid-soluble antioxidant and helps to maintain the integrity of the cellular membranes.
 
Nervous System:
Vitamin B6 present in pistachio nuts is very beneficial for the development of the nervous system. These molecules help in the development of myelin sheath around the nerve fibers, thus protecting them. In addition, the molecules are also responsible for developing some amino acids in the body, which helps in proper nerve impulses in the brain.

Heart Disease:
Pistachios are low in calories and help to decrease high cholesterol levels. These nuts increase the levels of good cholesterol and decrease bad cholesterol levels. The nuts are rich in L-Arginine, which makes the lining of the arteries more flexible, thereby reducing your chances of developing blood clots. The high Vitamin E content in the nuts also reduces plaque formed in the blood vessels, thus protecting you against many cardiovascular diseases.