Experts have long advocated the health benefits of nuts, and a recent study may show that pistachios, in particular, could reduce the risk of cancer.
According to a report by UPI a study conducted by the University of Texas and Texas Woman’s University suggests that gamma-tocopherol, a form of Vitamin E, which is present in pistachios could be responsible.
According to shortnews.com, Lempert, a food industry analyst, worked on the study.
In a statement, Phil Lempert says: “Obtaining vitamin E through foods like pistachios rather than through supplements, ensures that your body is not only getting the various vitamin E compounds but other vitamins, minerals, and bioactive compounds as well."
“Vitamin E rich foods act as antioxidants, helping to prevent damage from free radicals, protect skin from ultraviolet light, and allow for proper cell communication,” he adds.
The researchers randomized the participants to either continue on their normal diets or to eat their normal diet plus two ounces (approximately 100 kernels) of pistachios per day. After one month, the pistachio eaters had significantly higher levels of gamma-tocopherol in their blood as compared with the non pistachio eaters," Lempert said in a statement.