Pistachio is native from the Middle East. In fact, currently, Iran is the country with the most production of this nut (around 135 million kilos per year).
It contains generous amounts of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and oleic fatty acids, which play an important function reducing cholesterol levels and, therefore, decreasing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
A regular consumption of these nuts can help us to have a healthy skin because they’re an excellent source of vitamin E, that is, an antioxidant that protects us from UV rays, premature aging and the appearance of skin cancer.
It is highly recommended for people with hypertension because its wealth in potassium enables a better blood circulation and, therefore, a proper regulation of blood pressure.
As a very important source of iron, regular consumption of pistachios can prevent the occurrence of iron anemia. That’s way it’s frequently a part of diets designed for athletes, due to normal wear suffering from this mineral.
For every 100 grams of pistachios we are providing our body about 14 grams of fiber, making it a perfect way to regulate bowel movements and to ensure its smooth operation.
Its considerable contribution of vitamin B1 or thiamine makes the pistachio highly recommended in cases of high wear, such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, stress, and even in periods of convalescence and postoperative.
Pistachio is also a rich source of vitamin B6, which plays a key role in the production of hemoglobin (a protein responsible for transporting oxygen to the cells).
We must also know its high content in folic acid or vitamin B9. The correct administration of this acid before and during pregnancy is, as we know, essential to prevent certain birth defects.
In the same way, pistachios also provide us a lot of magnesium, a mineral that helps us relaxing and away from the effects of stress, anxiety and accumulated nervousness.