The Power and Promise of California Pistachio: A Healthy Heart Nut.
Dr. H.K. Chopra, an eminent Cardiologist of international repute launched Mission Nutrition to focus on Power and Promise of Perfect Nutrition for Perfect Health.
Perfect Heart Health is a physical, mental, social, psychological, emotional and environmental wellbeing and not just merely absence of disease. From Mind Body Perspective Perfect Heart Health is optimal integration of mind, body, soul, spirit and environment. The time has come for paradigm shift from “Illness to Wellness”, Perfect nutrition right from the childhood is the need of the hour. India is the world capital of Coronary Artery Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity and Stroke. Most of these diseases are linked to deficiencies of macronutrients, such as protein, MUFA (Mona unsaturated Fatty Acid), PUFA (Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid) and micronutrients which include minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and trace elements. The deficiencies are responsible for premature Coronary Artery Disease, Hypertension, increased Heart Rate, Insulin Resistance, oxidation of bad cholesterol, increased renin angiotensin activity, sympathetic activity, inflammation, self proliferation, vascular and left ventricular stiffness which is micronutrient deficiency related chemically mediated by increase levels of jittering molecules such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, steroids, renin and decrease of serotonin, endorphins, acetylcholine and oxytocin etc. which in turn cause plaque erosion, rupture, platelet aggregation and clot formation leading to angina, heart attack, stroke or sudden cardiac death. Healthy heart is thus an expression of optimum nutri-heart care and creating a healthy heart environment.
California pistachios are a unique, natural, nutrient-dense food for mankind’s healthy heart. It improve heart health in 7 ways.
- Lowers total cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, non- HDL Cholesterol, small dense LDL and triglycerides
- Decreases oxidation of LDL.
- Increases blood phytosterol levels
- Increases level of antioxidants
- Provides beneficial anti- inflammatory properties.
- Provides adequate micronutrients including
- Reduces acute stress by lowering blood pressure, heart rate and peripheral vascular responses.
This has been proven by a pooled analysis of 25 trials published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and 2 PREDIMED study papers and publications in the Journal of American College of Nutrition as substantiated by Mediterranean diet. One ounce of California pistachios a day (49 Kernels of pistachios) can help create a healthy heart in men or women, young or old.
One ounce of California pistachios provides 160 calories, contains 6 gm of protein, 13 gm of healthy fat, which includes 7 gm MUFA, 4 gm PUFA, 1.5 gm saturated fat, (in ratio of 3:2:1), 0 cholesterol and 3 gm of fibre. They are micronutrient rich in the minerals, potassium, phosphorous, and magnesium and the trace minerals copper and manganese. They also contain the water soluble B vitamins (except B12), polyphenols, carotenoids, including 329 ug of lutein and zeaxanthin, and 45 gm of beta Carotene as an antioxidants rich nut.
We are what we eat. Healthy Heart is an expression of Perfect Nutrients optimization.