1 ounce of pistachios is about 49 kernels. Pistachios help to increase HDL and decrease LDL cholesterol, and they do this after only a short time of regular consumption. Eating about an ounce per day increases lutein, alpha carotene,
beta carotene, and Vitamin E. Some sources suggest eating two to three ounces per day. The substances in pistachios help boost metaolism, build up bones, strengthen muslces and tissues, improve vision, and purify the blood. Ground pstachios, mixed with milk to form a paste, make a good facial pack. It can help give the skin a healthy glow. Pistachios contain large amounts of Vitamin B6, which is necessary for the formation of new hemoglobin and many of the neurotransmitters responsible for a healthy mental outlook. They contain two carotenoids not found in most nuts, and these help defend against free radicals and are associated with a decrease in macular degeneration.
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