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New Study Reveals Pistachios Have Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Date:12/16/2009

ion expert for the Western Pistachio Association (WPA) and its nutrition education Web site TheGreenNut.org. "This new research both supports and strengthens pistachios' standing as a food that offers important health benefits, especially for helping to reduce the risk of heart disease."

Study Method

A mouse macrophage cell line--a line of large white blood cells that ingest foreign particles and infectious microorganisms--was treated with pistachio oil, and numerous DNA experiments were performed to evaluate gene expression.

The Results

Researchers found that pistachio oil significantly affected genes involved in immune response, defense response to bacteria, and gene silencing. In particular, Ifit-2 was the marker (or genetic indicator) most dramatically reduced--thus, determined to be sensitive to pistachio and bioactive molecules present in pistachios.

Research Article

The research article referenced in this press release is titled, "Effect of pistachio oil on gene expression in IFN-induced protein with tetratricopeptide repeats 2: A biomarker of inflammatory response." It is coauthored by Jun Zhang, Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Jerry T. Thompson, and John P. Vanden Heuvel.

Pistachios Facts

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack that contains just 1.5 grams of saturated fat and 13 grams of fat, the majority of which comes from monounsaturated fat. A one-ounce serving of pistachios equals 49 nuts, which is more nuts per serving than any other snack nut. One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%), making it a nutritious snack choice or ingredient to incorporate into daily diets.

About the Western Pistachio Association

The Green Nut (TM) and TheGreenNut.org is a nutrition awareness campaign sponsored by the Western Pistachio Association (WP
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