Pistachios are rich source of energy : 100g of nuts contain 557 calories. In addition ,they are rich in mono – unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and an excellent source of antioxidants. Regular intake of pistachios in the diet, helps to lower total LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (good cholesterol) levels.
Pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin E, especially rich in gamma – tocopherol , contain about 23g per 100g. vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, essential for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin, offer protection from harmful oxygen – free radicals.
The nuts are packed with many important B – complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates.
These nuts are the source of minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium , iron , magnesium ,zinc , and selenium.
100g nuts provide 144% of daily – recommended levels of copper.
Copper is an essential trace mineral that is required in neuro – transmission, metabolism, as well as red blood cell (RBC) synthesis.