How can snacking on pistachios reduce stress?

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Yes, snacking on pistachios can help repair the effects of chronic stress!  One thing that chronic stress does is it damages your blood vessel walls, and if these scars aren't repaired, plaque forms.  Pistachios help to improve your blood vessels, lower your blood pressure, and lower bad cholesterol.  The temptation might be to go out and eat a pound of pistachios, but as with many types of nuts, the goal is moderation.
Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing
Most of us who are stress eaters crave to crunch. A good way to fight that urge to head for the chips would be to substitute some pistachios. Be sure to leave them in the shell so you have to work at them to get to them. This will help relieve your stress as well as prevent mindless eating. Pistachios are high in fiber and a healthy fat.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Pistachios are one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat, and highest fiber nuts. They are also full of nutrients that can help prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol, and help stop cell damage. During times of stress, this nutritious nut helps lower your blood pressure and heart rate. One serving is roughly 50 kernels -- so crack into a few!


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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