Vitamin E, a natural supplement found in pistachios, may help decrease the risk of lung cancer.
Findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference suggest that a handful of pistachios every day in ones diet may decrease the risk of developing lung cancer, as well as other diseases.
Pistachios also offer other health benefits, including providing antioxidants that can help lower cholesterol, which can keep the heart healthy.
Gamma-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E found in the nut, has also been studied for its effects of preventing prostate cancer.
The researchers observed 36 participants, giving half of the patients two ounces of pistachios a day, and the other half sticking to their normal diets. The scientists found that those who were on the pistachio diet had their energy levels adjusted through the gamma-tocopherol, leading to positive cholesterol findings.
While the nutrient may help prevent against diseases, the researchers are quick to point out it wont help with weight loss.
“Pistachios are one of those good-for-you nuts, and 2 ounces per day could be incorporated into dietary strategies designed to reduce the risk of lung cancer without significant changes in body mass index,” said Ladia Hernandez, a research dietitian.