Hearts are a universal symbol of love, and pistachios can help keep yours healthy.There is scientific research that supports the power of pistachios for heart health and the health of blood vessels. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognizes that tree nuts, including pistachios, can be part of a heart healthy diet. Research has shown that eating calorie-controlled amounts of pistachios as part of a heart healthy diet may help support healthy cholesterol levels, and blood vessel health. Pistachios also have more antioxidant power per 100 grams than blueberries, blackberries, garlic, and pomegranate juice and that\'s good for the whole body.

Pistachios delight the senses with their unique flavor, color and scent. It is said that in ancient Persia, lovers used to meet under pistachio trees and listen to the crackling of nuts in the moonlight, which was a sign they'd be happy.

Bye-bye love handles! A typical one-ounce serving of pistachios contains 160 satisfying calories. Research shows that simply shelling and eating pistachios one by one slows consumption, allowing one to feel full more easily.

A healthy sex life is vital to self-esteem, overall health, and satisfying relationships. A recent preliminary study of 17 men (between the ages of 38 and 59) with erectile dysfunction saw improvements in measures of erectile function and sexual satisfaction after eating 3.5 ounces of pistachios daily for three weeks. Further studies are needed to evaluate this relationship.

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2. Aldemir M,Okulu E, Neselioğlu S, Erel O, Kayigil Ő. Pistachio diet improves erectile function parameters and serum lipid profiles in patients with erectile dysfunction. Int J Impot Res.2011. 23(1):32-8.

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