This week we look at the unbelievable health benefits of eating pistachios and pine nuts.
Do you love pistachio nuts? Here’s what happens if you eat them every day!
The little green nut called pistachio is a good ally for speeding up the metabolism, a great enemy of bad cholesterol and a significant assistant in slowing down the aging process. Most of us are aware of the fact that this nut is on the list of the healthiest foods, but often neglect eating them, due to its very popular “cousins” hazelnuts and almonds.
Pistachios hide many benefits for human health; therefore they deserve an important place in our daily diet.
Benefits of eating pistachio nuts
- Eating pistachios on a daily basis helps lower badcholesterol levels by 20 percent. This happens because of the large amounts of lutein, a powerful antioxidant that is found in this nut. Antioxidants prevent the penetration of cholesterol in blood vessels and, thus, prevent inflammation.
- They are an excellent source of fiber. There is about 10.3 grams of dietary fiber in 100 grams of pistachios. This speeds up the metabolism and facilitates digestion.
- Pistachios are a great blood glucose regulator. About 60 percent of the recommended daily intake of phosphorus is contained in a cup of pistachios. This mineral breaks down proteins into amino acids and promotes glucose tolerance.
- Yes, pistachios increase sexual potency men. A recent study concluded that the regular consumption of pistachios increased the sexual power of men by as much as 51 percent. This is due to the essential fatty acids they contain. In addition, due to the increased blood flow they create, excretion of sex hormones are stimulated.
- Pistachios hold the record among all other nuts of containing the largest amount of antioxidants, which are essential for the body’s regeneration process. Five to ten pistachios are recommended as a daily dose, to fight against wrinkles and early ageing.
I recommend that you buy your pistachios with a shell, to give you an idea as to how many you have eaten.
Pine nut benefits: 5 ways this nutritious seed can rejuvenate your body
Pine nuts have been enjoyed since ancient times. Roman soldiers ate them, and Greek authors have mentioned them as early as 300 BC. Although pine nuts contain many of the same healthy nutrients as other nuts, they are not actually nuts at all.
Pine nuts are the seeds of pine trees. You’ll find them between the scales of pinecones. While all pine trees yield pine nuts, only about 20 species have pine nuts large enough to be worth eating. It takes 18 months for most pine nuts to mature, although some species can take as long as 3 years.
It takes time and a lot of patience to harvest these nuts, which explains their high price.
Pine nuts are commonly eaten raw or roasted, but in Turkey they are used in many delicious vegetable dishes, salads and stuffed grape or cabbage leaves. One of my favorites is leeks cooked in olive oil and served cold with pine nuts and dried mint leaves sprinkled on top.
Come to think of it, I’ve never come across dishes with pine nuts in them, in the 20 years I lived in the US.
Five health benefits of eating pine nuts
- Research shows that fatty acids derived from pine nuts lead to the release of high amounts of cholecystokinin (CCK), an appetite-suppressing hormone.
- Pine nuts contain nutrients that help boost energy,including monounsaturated fat, protein and iron. Pine nuts are also a good source of magnesium, low levels of which can lead to fatigue. One-half cup of pine nuts provides nearly half the daily-recommended amount of magnesium. This is a benefit in itself since so many people seem to be deficient.
- Pine nuts contain a synergistic blend of compounds known to support heart health.This includes monounsaturated fat, magnesium, vitamin E, vitamin K and manganese. Research suggests that the pinolenic acid in pine nuts supports healthy cholesterol levels and may have LDL-lowering properties by enhancing the liver’s LDL uptake.
- Pine nuts contain a wealth of antioxidants, including vitamins A, B, C, D and E, and lutein. Antioxidants are crucial to your health as they are believed to help control how fast you age by combating free radicals, which are at the heart of age related deterioration.
- Pine nuts contain lutein, a carotenoid that may help you ward off eye diseaseslike age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
That’s it for now; see you all next time.