The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending its support to a recent study showing that pistachio nuts can help support the amount of healthy bacteria in the body
Online PR News – 09-May-2012 – Boston – The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending its support to a recent study showing that pistachio nuts can help support the amount of healthy bacteria in the body.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Monday, May 7, 2012 (INSERT LINK TO ARTICLE FROM MONDAY MAY 7 2012 TITLED "Eat These to Boost Your Body's Good Bacteria"), Researchers found that eating pistachios may alter levels of potentially beneficial bacteria in the gut.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that this brand-new health breakthrough was presented to experts only last week at a conference. It's the first study of pistachios and almonds and their modulating role on the gut bacteria levels.
Pistachios contain non-digestible fiber, which remains in the gut and serves as food for naturally occurring bacteria. They also contain phytochemicals that may boost bacteria levels. As a prebiotic food, pistachios may enhance the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that in the study, 16 healthy people ate a planned diet with either three ounces or 1.5 ounces of pistachios and almonds per day, or none of the nuts at all. They had calorie- controlled diets and researchers measured the level of lactic acid bacteria and "Bifidobacteria," two groups of live microorganisms in the gut, in the stool.
After 19 days, the three-ounce group (about two servings) had greater levels of gut bacteria -- including those that produce "butyrate." Butyrate is a preferred energy source for cells in the colon that is believed to maintain health in that area. Almonds did not lead to such increased levels of bacteria.
This helps show that nuts contain incompletely digested foods, and special natural chemicals that are required for a healthy field of bacteria in the intestinal tract. Researchers call this a promising sign that eating more nuts, particularly pistachios, helps create more disease-preventing bacteria. And in this way, they would fall into a group similar to probiotic-rich yogurt.
(SOURCE: Ukhanova, M., et al., "Human gut microbiota changes after consumption of almonds or pistachios," Presented at 2012 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, CA, on Apr. 23, 2012.)
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