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Pistachios May Boost Vascular Health in Diabetics

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  • Eating two servings of pistachios a day lowered vascular constriction during stress, which means the load on your heart is reduced since it is easier to pump blood when your arteries are more dilated
  • Diets containing pistachios reduce systolic blood pressure and vascular responses to stress in adults with high cholesterol
  • Pistachios are high in lutein, beta-carotene, and vitamin E compared to other nuts. Eating one or two servings of pistachios a day has been shown to increase blood levels of antioxidants
  • People who ate pistachios, in particular, for 24 weeks lost an average of 0.7 inches from their waists, reduced cholesterol by 15 points, improved their blood sugar, and lowered inflammation
  • Pistachios are at high risk of contamination by aflatoxin and may be bleached or fumigated during processing; choose organic pistachios and avoid those that are dyed, bleached, or show signs of decay

By Dr. Mercola

Pistachios have been enjoyed in the Middle East, where they originated, for thousands of years. Once considered a delicacy, they became a popular snack in the US during the 1880s, when imported pistachios were available from vending machines in bars, restaurants, and train stations. At that time, you could get “a dozen pistachios for a nickel.”


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