weight loss

Does Green Coffee Extract Really Help with Weight Loss? 

Green Coffee  photoGreen coffee extract is exactly as it sounds, a supplement extracted from green coffee beans for the purpose of making weight loss supplements’. Green coffee beans are simply unroasted coffee beans, when roasted the coffee beans lose their chlorogenic acid value, which is believed to be the compound responsible for weight loss properties. As with other fad weight loss supplements’, the interest in green coffee as a weight loss supplement skyrocketed after being mentioned on national TV for its weight loss properties. The big question is; does it really work or is it just another weight loss trend that is too good to be true?

Do the Claims Have Any Real Standing? 

If you scan an isle of diet pills and supplements, you are sure to fine a ton of weight loss supplements that claim to be the miracle solution. Green coffee extract is sure to be right there among the others. While the claims that green tea extract can aid in weight loss have only been vaguely studied; the studies that have been don’t aren’t exactly a strong suit for the argument of if it being that the miracle weight loss supplement that it has been made out to be.

According to, the National Library of Medicine, the original study that was cited when green coffee extract made its claim to fame on nation TV, was retracted as of July 2014. The original study stated that test subjects showed significant reductions in body weight, body mass index, and overall percent of body fat; as well as a small decrease in heart rate. All results were noted to be found with no significant changes to diet over the course of the study. It was concluded that the results were consistent with human and animal studies and a meta-analysis of the efficiency of green coffee extract in weight loss. The results showed that green coffee extract may be an effective nutraceutical in reducing weight in adults and may be an inexpensive means to preventing obesity.

According to, Fox News, the article was retracted due to the authors being unable to validate the claims that were being made. The retraction of the original study doesn’t necessarily mean that there is no benefit on weight loss from green tea extract; it does, however, mean that there isn’t enough evidence to support its sudden claim to fame. Green coffee extract, is by no means, an instant miracle weight loss supplement that will answer all of your weight loss needs. While it may still be healthy and beneficial, it is extremely important to speak with your primary care physician before starting any over the counter medications and supplements.

It is believed, that this is one of the main reasons that the evidence based on the above study was retracted. Green tea extract received an instant overnight boost in popularity just by being mentioned on an acclaimed television show. For that reason, people began rushing out to purchase it based on the one study noted. While it is believed that green coffee extract can be beneficial for weight loss, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and high blood pressure; there is still no research supported evidence to validate any of the popular claims.

Does Garcina Cambogia Really Work for Weight Loss? 

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Diet fads aren’t exactly a new trend. But diet pills and supplements have become the most popular in the recent diet fad franchise. Like many others that you may have seen on the market or even tried, Garcina Cambogia grew in popularity after being featured on the popular “DR. Oz” Show. Supplements containing Garcina Cambogia claim to perform weight loss miracles; in fact, if you google it, you will be led to dozens of seemingly reputable reviews. Upon a little bit of reading, you may notice that most of these “claims” are supposedly made by celebrities and diet experts; it doesn’t take much digging to see that the majority of these “claims” are purely fiction created in an attempt to get you to purchase a so called celebrity endorsed product. Though, Garcina Cambogia was made famous via Dr. Oz, it is important to remember that every supplement is different.

Testing done by, Consumer Lab, have shown that many of the Garcina Cambogia supplements that are on the market contain a significant amount less Garcina Cambogia than is listed on their label. The FDA does not regulate vitamins and supplements in the same way as prescription medication. The FDA only monitors the labeling; not the dosage and contents in the supplement.

Do The Claims Have Any Merit?

The truth is, like most weight loss trend that explode in popularity overnight, there is very little evidence to support the claims. The research that has been conducted in Garcina Camogia is minimal and doesn’t amount to much as far as rock hard evidence is concerned. One study, conducted in 1998, showed no significant weight loss results. The study consisted of 135 test subjects over a 12-week period; at the end of the study both the Garcina Cambogia group and the placebo group had lost a significant amount of weight. There was no significant difference in the weight loss by the subjects taking the supplement vs. the placebo, according to, US National Library of Medicine.

While many people are still flocking to purchase Garcina Cambogia, there is no sufficient evidence that proves it to be at all useful for weight loss.  In many cases, it is even believed to be dangerous. Multiple Garcina Cambogia supplements have been involved in recalls and lawsuits in the past 10-years; but, just as there is no proof of the benefits of Garcina Cambogia, there is also not much evidence in support of its negative effects either. As with any other over the counter weight loss supplement, you should always consult a physician before incorporating them into your diet plan and research the brand well to be sure it is a legitimate company and not a falsely endorsed scam.

9 Surprising Hacks to Lose Weight  

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Weight loss is always a hot topic, I fact, I’m not sure if it has even not been a leading topic in conversations around the world. We have all seen the millions of ad’s and promotions promising you miracles overnight. Well, if you haven’t yet noticed, there is no such thing as a miracle weight loss supplement. There is no pill or perfect diet that will miraculously turn you into the person you have always wanted to be without committing to lifestyle changes. The good news is, there are so many natural ways to help boost your weight loss and give you the upper hand. These aren’t miracles in a bottle or even hidden secrets; instead, they are natural, healthy weight loss hacks to aid you along the way.

1  Cod Liver oil  

Among the many benefits of cod liver oil, is the high amount of vitamin D that it contains. The combination of the two brings many health benefits, including weight loss. Studies have shown that women with vitamin D deficiencies have a harder time losing weight and that the use of cod liver oil can not only work to increase your metabolism, it can also aid in turning fat into muscle. Cod liver oil is primarily taken for its high content of vitamin D and vitamin A, which lends itself exceptionally well to weight loss.

If you are trying to lose weight or considering starting a weight loss regimen, you should consult your physician about checking your vitamin D levels. This is especially true if you don’t spend very much time outdoors to soak in vitamin D from the sun. Cod liver oil gives you approximately 1,360 IU per tablespoon of a recommended 2,000 IU per day. The one concern with cod liver oil is the high amount of vitamin A. While it is beneficial to our health, it is also naturally produced by the body, where vitamin D is not. So, while you are taking a vitamin A supplement, your body is also mass producing the nutrient on its own; leaving the risk of too much vitamin A consumption.

od liver oil also contains a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which are equally beneficial for weight loss. While cod liver oil does not contain as much fatty acid as other fish oil, it can still prove to be a beneficial dose to aid in weight loss and obesity. Research and studies involving cod liver oil and weight loss are extremely limited; the majority of the merit given to cod liver oil for weight loss is focused around what we know about vitamin D and weight loss and the relationship between omega-3 fatty acids and weight loss.

2  Resistance Training   

Resistance training is similar to weight training and despite its name is not resistance to exercise, rather, training your body with external resistance. Resistance training can be done with any objects that cause the muscles to contract, such as, weights. Resistance training can be used to build muscle strength, increase muscle size, and build aerobic endurance. It is based on the principle that your body muscles will work to overcome a resisting force when needed. As you continue resistance training, your muscles will become stronger and larger. Some examples of resistance training are:

  • Exercising with free weights, such as, dumbbells and barbells.
  • Exercising with resistance bands that provide resistance when they are stretched, similar to a giant rubber band.
  • Exercises that use your own body weight to create resistance, such as, squats, push-ups, and chin ups.
  • Working out with weight machines or weight benches that have adjustable weights or hydraulics.

Resistance training is not only used as a weight loss aid, it also has many other physical and health benefits to your overall health. The attributes include weight loss, improved mobility and balance, increased bone density and strength, pain management, muscle strength and tone, flexibility, and balance. Resistance training can be used as a complete body workout routine that can benefit every problem are, as well as your overall physical and mental health.

Typically, a beginner routine for resistance training will contain 8-10 exercises that are used to work the major muscle of the body and are to be completed 2-3 times a week. The goal is to gradually increase the number of sets for each exercise. Once you have gained the muscle resistance to complete approximately 12 reps of a particular exercise, you then begin to progress further by continuing to safely and slowly introduce more resistance to your workout.  In order to get the most benefits from resistance training you will need to progressively increase the intensity of your work out. Some of the key factors to consider when contemplating beginning a resistance training routine are:

  • What program you will use. If you are new to resistance training, you should consider speaking with a trainer at your gym or someone knowledgeable in resistance training. If you don’t know what you are doing it could be easy to overdo it and cause damage to your muscles.
  • It is very important to remember that you need to rest between sets. You also need to allow time for your muscles to recover between workouts. Typically, a 48-hour period is preferred between workouts to allow for muscle repair and recovery before working the same muscle group again.
  • Warming up before resistance training is just as important as the workout itself. A light aerobic exercise, such as, walking along with stretches will do the trick. Just be sure to do a dynamic stretching in a full range of motion to prep your muscles for the resistance training to come.

3  Oolong Tea   

Oolong tea has essentially been dubbed the combination tea, with differing benefits found in both green tea and black tea, it is the super tea of health benefits. Oolong tea is believed to activate enzymes in the body that enhance the functions of fat cells, a daily consumption is said to fight obesity. It is still unknown whether or not the benefits of oolong tea and weight loss come from the caffeine content or from polyphenols. Regardless of which is more beneficial for weight loss, studies in mice have shown a decline in overall body weight and fat index from being given polyphenols, similar to those found in oolong tea. Leaving speculators to lean more towards polyphenols as the most beneficial weight loss component of oolong tea.

Though there are a limited number of studies surrounding oolong tea and its weight loss properties, one study in particular showed beneficial weight loss results for men who consumed oolong tea daily and determined oolong tea to be a beneficial way to increase metabolic rate and fat oxidation in men.  It is believed that consuming oolong tea daily can be beneficial for weight loss in both men and women.

 4  Vitamin D3   

As mentioned previously regarding cod liver oil, a vitamin D deficiency can be quite the culprit working against weight loss, especially in women. Vitamin D3 is not naturally created in the body, which leads to many people unknowingly having a vitamin D3 deficiency. Vitamin D3 is synthesized when your body is exposed to ultraviolet light, aka the sun. If you spend more than a generous amount of time outdoors or in the tanning bed, you probably have nothing to worry about. But if you are trying to lose weight and aren’t known for spending any more time outdoors than you have to, you should most definitely have your doctor check for a deficiency to be safe.

A vitamin D3 shortage could be slowing down your weight loss goals and causing you to lose less weight than someone with a healthy amount of vitamin D3 would. The recommended intake of vitamin D3 per day is 200 IU, but it is recommended that when taking a supplement that you take in at least 5,000 IU a day. However, spending a mere 20-30 minutes out in the sunlight a day can produce around 10,000 IU of vitamin D3. The best way to find out how much vitamin D3 you need is to consult a physician based on the results of a vitamin D test.

5  Cinnamon  

Many studies have been performed regarding cinnamon and its many effects on the human body. Overall the results from these studies have varied. Some believe that the use of cinnamon can be extremely beneficial in weight loss and controlling blood sugar, as well as insulin the body. While other results suggest that there isn’t enough of a change in these factors to count cinnamon as a good weight loss suppliant. This being said, there have been more studies showing results from cinnamon than un-beneficial results.

The way that cinnamon is believed to effect weight loss is through reduction in post-meal glucose hyperglycemia, a condition where there is an excess of glucose released after a meal. Studies have shown that cinnamon extract can reduce the amount of glucose released. Though the majority of the studies have been based around cinnamon, weight loss, and type 2 diabetes; it is believed that even those without type 2 diabetes can benefit from cinnamons ability to block excess glucose and has been especially effective in aiding those with metabolic syndrome.

Cinnamon works to regulate blood sugar and increase insulin levels, thus, increasing the metabolism of glucose. High blood sugar levels can lead to an increased amount of fat being stored in the body and cinnamon can help to prevent this excess storage. It can also have an effect on how your body metabolizes sugar, preventing it from being turned into fat. Cinnamon can easily be incorporated into your daily diet through tea, smoothies, or anything else you can easily fit the flavor of cinnamon into. Since cinnamon is not a scientifically proven treatment, more of a homeopathic one, there is no set daily dosage. However, some recommendations believe that 1 tsp. per day is a sufficient amount. The amount used in studies involving cinnamon have ranged anywhere from 1tsp to 6tsp per day.

 6  Protein For Breakfast   

We all know that eating breakfast is a key part of living a healthy, well balanced life. But for many of us breakfast consists of something sugary, greasy, or straight out of a vending machine. It is pretty safe to say that this isn’t what the experts are talking about when they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a well-balanced diet is extremely important and this starts with a healthy and nutritious breakfast. In fact, if you speak to most people who are very committed to a healthy lifestyle or workout regimen, the majority will probably tell you that they eat more at breakfast than at any other meal.

Breakfast is brain food and the kick start that sets the tone for the entire day; but it isn’t just important to eat breakfast when you are trying to lose weight. It is also important for you to eat a healthy serving of protein for breakfast. Protein is packed full of amino acids that are the building blocks for each and every living cell in our bodies. Eating protein produces insulin and the hormone glucagon that stimulates the body to burn fat for energy. Eating a healthy protein packed breakfast will allow you to stay full longer, eat less during the day, provide your body with the energy it needs to burn during the day, and is said to be a key component in living a healthy lifestyle.

7  Don’t Overdo Nuts   

In the attempt to eat healthier, you may be bombarded by nut based everything. Everywhere you look you have probably seen nut butters of every kind, nut milk’s, nut based grain replacements, and so much more. But the truth of the matter is, even though nuts are good for you, they need to be eaten in moderation. Nuts are high in phytic acid, which causes decreased iron absorption along with a decrease in other nutrients. Phytic acid is a form of phosphorus found in many plans that cannot be digested by humans. It binds minerals, especially iron, in food and prevents our bodies from absorbing it. So, while nuts are good for you based on their nutrient profile, we may not be absorbing as many of the benefits as we believe we are. Phytic acid also interferes with digestion by affecting enzymes that we need in order to digest food.

This doesn’t necessarily rule out all previous belief that nuts are good for you and work as a weight loss aid; it just means that you need to consume nuts in more moderation than some diets suggest. Nuts are still a great healthy snack that is far better for you than many other things that you may be trying to avoid. Just keep in mind that you aren’t benefiting from all of the nutrients on the label.

8  Mineral Water 

While many of us have always believed that water was water; mineral water offers more nutrients than standard everyday tap water. Mineral water can be purchased pretty much anywhere that you would buy bottled water and can easily be identified by its label. Only water containing more than 250 parts per million of total dissolved solids may be labeled as mineral water. Mineral water is bottled from natural mineral springs, once known as healing waters. Manufacturers are not allowed to add any minerals to bottled mineral water and every bottle must be labeled for its mineral content.

When trying to lose weight, it is essential to nourish your body with the proper vitamins and minerals that it needs. Mineral water can provide a much needed nutritional boost, containing magnesium, sulfate, calcium, silica, and sodium. Mineral water also contains bicarbonate, which will help to maintain your body’s pH balance. Mineral water is suggested to be most beneficial during a weight loss journey when consumed during and after your workout regimen to keep you hydrated and replenish everything you sweated out during your workout.

9  Sleep 

Sleep deprivation is alive and well; if you haven’t experienced it, consider yourself lucky. The majority of people don’t get enough sleep and are rushing around with sleepy brain trying to make informed and healthy decisions that they aren’t really alert enough to accomplish. Not getting enough sleep can lead to a snowball effect on your day. First you wake up tire or late and skip your morning workout. Then, you replace breakfast with your favorite fatty, sugar filled x-large latte on the way to work. By the end of the day you have given up on healthy options all together and pick up takeout on the way home. See how this could have a negative effect on weight loss. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep leads to bad decisions, especially bad food choices such as, late night snacks and over eating.

A lack of sleeps connection to weight loss isn’t just about superficial comfort that we cave to during periods of exhaustion. A lack of sleep affects your hormones, ghrelin and leptin, the sleep hormones. The hormone ghrelin signals your brain that it is time for you to eat and when you are sleep deprived your body created more of the hormone than you need. The other sleep hormone, leptin, cues your brain that you are full. When you are short on sleep, leptin levels decrease, which in turn increases how much you are consuming. To top off the sleepy hormone imbalance comes cortisol, a stress hormone that tells your body to conserve energy, causing you to store more fat.

A lack of sleep and reduce the overall amount of weight that you are losing, not to mention it will leave you struggling to stick to any diet or weight loss plan. A good night’s sleep is a must for anyone, but especially so if you are trying to lose weight. You can’t look healthy and fit on the inside, if you aren’t taking the necessary steps to stay healthy on the inside.

Do Raspberry Ketones Really Help With Weight Loss?  

Raspberry ketones are a chemical found in raspberry’s and other fruits such as kiwi, grapes, peaches, and apples. Raspberry ketones can also be found in some vegetables and tree bark. Raspberry ketones are most popularly used as an ingredient in cosmetics, a skin treatment for hair loss, and as a flavoring agent in foods. It has gained recent popularity as a weight loss supplement after being mentioned on a popular television show. After its national debut, people started seeking out raspberry ketones in any form of supplement they could find available. Raspberry ketone supplements are most often not made or produced from raspberry’s. Instead, raspberry ketones found in supplements are synthetically made.  The question is, do raspberry ketones really help with weight loss?

What do Raspberry Ketone Supplements Claim They Do for Weight Loss?

The majority of raspberry ketone supplements have the same general claims for weight loss. The supplements are supposed to do things, such as, burning stored fat, decreasing blood sugar, increasing adiponectin levels, boost metabolism, and appetite suppressing. Each different supplement has a different set of claims and uses, depending on the brand and dosage.

The Results

Studies have shown some results from raspberry ketones in lab rats and mice, but in high dosages. Test results for raspberry ketones on humans are limited and the few studies have had varying results.  According to, Authority Nutrition, humans would have to consume around 100 times the recommended dosage to see similar results to rats and mice used in studies. Even then, the test subjects did not lose weight, they simply gained 5% less weight when gorging on an unhealthy overfill of food.

Should You Try Raspberry Ketones for Weight loss?

The truth of the matter is, no one has any evidence that raspberry ketone supplement’s yield any weight loss results. It is believed that most weight loss results from raspberry ketones are more than likely from other additives in the supplements’. Most supplements contain not only raspberry ketones but also caffeine, ginger, and many other additives that are believed to help with weight loss. While the FDA has approved raspberry ketone supplement “Generally Safe”, there isn’t very much research backing their safeness or effectiveness. There is also a great deal of concern surrounding the fact that some raspberry ketone supplements are advertised as “natural”, when in fact they are artificial simulations of authentic raspberry ketones. This is because real raspberry ketones are both extremely hard to harvest and expensive.

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10 Benefits of Flax Seeds and The Amazing Nutrient Profile

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Flax, also known as linseed, is a fiber crop that has long been used for manufacturing household linens. Flax seeds are harvested from the flax plant itself. Flax seeds come in a number of varieties, that of which all contain the same nutritional value, with the exception of yellow flax seeds. Flaxseeds are widely used for their nutritional value, and also used to produce a form of vegetable oil that is considered to be one of the oldest commercial oils in production. According to, Wikipedia, the culinary uses for flax seeds range from roasted to being milled for breads.  Flax seeds Is packed full of nutritional value, such as, Omega-3 fatty acid, fiber, protein, vitamin B1, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, vitamin B6, iron, potassium, copper, and zinc.

The Benefits of Flax Seeds

1  Gluten Free

Even if you don’t live by a strict gluten free diet, doesn’t mean that consuming some gluten free options isn’t a good choice. The healthier choices you make, the better your overall health will be. Flax seeds are a great alternative to traditional grains and can be used as a substitute in cooking and baking. Flax seeds are a natural replacement for gluten filled grains. Flax seeds can be ground and used alone or combined with coconut flour for baking and cooking.

2  High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

If you are reading anything related to healthy lifestyles or diets, you have probably seen omega-3 fatty acids a time or two. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to be the key to unlocking great health and warding off many diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Cancer. More research is needed to prove whether or not Omega-3 fatty acids are the key to a successfully healthy life, but one thing is for sure, they are great for your body and an optimal part of leading a healthy life. Flax seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids and are a great option for people with an allergy to fish, who are looking for a natural way to get their daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

3  Reduces Risk of Cancer

Many studies have suggested that flax seeds can aid in reducing ones’ risk of getting certain types of cancer, such as, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer. Lignans that are found in flax seed are converted by the body into entarolactone and enterodial, which aid in the natural balance of hormones that are believed to be the culprit of some cancer growth. A large part of this can be chalked up to its high omega-3 fatty acid value and anti-inflammatory properties.

4  Menopausal Symptom Relief 

According to, WebMD, there have been significant studies showing that flax seeds can help relieve the symptoms of menopause. Consuming a proper dosage of flax seed daily is believed to relieve hot flashes, night sweats, and other mild side effects of menopause. The flax seed is suggested to have similar effects to that of hormone therapy. Studies have shown that women consuming the recommended amount of flax seed twice a day showed a 50% decrease in the number of hot flashes they had in a day and a decrease in intensity of the remaining hot flashes.

5  Lower Cholesterol 

Flax seeds ability to help lower cholesterol is mainly credited to its omega-3 fatty acid and fiber content. Flax seeds are also rich in lignans, which have been shown to decrease plasma cholesterol, high plasma cholesterol is associated with atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease. Studies have shown that flax seeds can reduce bad cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol, by 14%-18%

6  Gut Health

Flax seeds are a great source of fiber and are packed full of natural fiber to help keep your gut healthy. The high soluble fiber count makes flax seeds the perfect supplement for anyone looking for a natural laxative or regulating supplement. A key tip for using flax seeds for digestive health, is to use ground flax seeds; whole flax seeds are harder for your body to digest and absorb all of the beneficial nutrients. Flax seeds also contain mucilaginous fiber, which increases the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients.

7  Blood Sugar

Flax seeds are low glycemic, meaning that they can help to prevent or reduce spikes in blood sugar. When consuming flax as a normal part of your daily diet, blood sugar levels will begin to level out and show less effect from other foods that you consume, such as foods that are high in sugar. Flax is a great option for diabetic’s looking to more naturally control their blood sugar levels.

8  Weight Loss

Flax seed has become growingly popular for people looking to use their nutritional benefits for weight loss. Eating flax before a meal can help to reduce your hunger and give you the feeling of being full sooner. Similar to chia seeds, flax seeds absorb liquid and swell to create that “full” feeling. Thus, allowing you to feel full for longer and consume less food for meals.

9  Inflammation

There is no doubt that flax seeds are filled with nutritional value and regardless of whether you are looking to use them as a weight loss aid, natural health remedy, or just as a source of vitamins; flax seeds are great for your body. A hot topic on flax seeds is their anti-inflammatory benefits. The high levels of omega-3 fatty acid, lignans, flavonoids, and fiber all work in sync to reduce inflammation in your body, including inflammation caused by arthritis and Parkinson’s Disease. A daily serving of flax seeds has 140% of your daily value of these anti-inflammatory vitamins.

 10 Skin Health

Generally speaking, we all know that we need optimal nutrition to keep our bodies healthy on the inside. The same is also true for the outside; our skin and hair need all of the essential vitamins and minerals as the rest of your body. Flax seeds benefit your skin by increasing your body’s natural oil production, helping to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated.

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5 Health Benefits of Pistachios

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I LOVE pistachios!

I can buy the Costco-sized bag of pistachios and easily polish it off in a two-day time frame – by myself.. yikes! Lucky for me pistachios are healthy (of course in moderation).

Pistachios are a good source of many nutrients including the following: calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B, folate and vitamin E. Pistachios also have the lowest fast content and calorie count of all other nuts. Here are the Top 5 health benefits that we found for pistachios:

1  Weight Loss

Many dieters question whether nuts are a good option when they are trying to lose weight.  While nuts are high in fat and calories, they are also made up of monounsaturated fats, the healthy fat. Pistachios come in at only 4 calories each, making them a quick and healthy snack. Try substituting a handful of pistachios in place of greasy fried chips when you are craving a salty snack.

2  Fiber

Pistachios are a great source of fiber, coming in at 12.2 grams of fiber per 1 cup of pistachios. Pistachios contain insoluble fiber that promotes healthy digestion. It is recommended that you consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day, that being said, 1 cup of pistachios is a pretty good start. A good tip is to try keeping pistachios around the way that some people do sunflower seeds. Snack on then throughout the day to help curb your appetite and give you a constant source of vitamins and minerals.

3  Iron Absorption

If you aren’t anemic, iron absorption may not be necessary concern for you. But for many, convincing their body to absorb the iron that they are putting into it can be much more of a task. Pistachios are high in copper content and copper helps the body absorb iron.

4  Blood Health

In addition to helping your body absorb iron, which is key to the body’s production of blood, pistachios can also help with hemoglobin levels. Hemoglobin is the protein responsible for carrying oxygen through the blood streams and delivering it to cells. Pistachios are a rich source of vitamin B6, which is essential to the production of hemoglobin.

5  Eye Health

Pistachios are among the best foods that benefit your overall eye health. Pistachios are the only nuts that contain lutein and zeaxanthin; protective antioxidants that prevent tissue damage from free radicals. Lutein and zeaxanthin have been linked with preventing age related degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the us.