Pistachios have been the symbol of wellness and ample health since ancient times. They are high in fiber and contain many important B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. They also contain important minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
Pistachios are a rich source of energy, mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid, antioxidants and phyto-chemical substances including carotenes, vitamin E (gamma-tocopherol specifically), and polyphenolic antioxidant compounds which help protect the body from diseases, cancers, as well as infections. They help fight inflammation, protect blood vessels, reduce the risk of heart disease, and can even help lower total and "bad" LDL cholesterol while increasing "good" HDL cholesterol levels within the blood after only a short period of consumption.