What is your hostess saying when she offers Pistachio nuts?

We are coming up to the party season.  If you are having a drink, it is good to nibble at the same time.  Maybe biscuit and cheese, maybe Bombay Mix. or nuts are spread around the gathering.  She doesn?t know it but a recent paper has shown that eating Pistachio nuts improves erections.

Dr M Aldemir and his colleagues in the Department of 2nd Urology, Atat?rk Teaching and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey studied 17 married male patients aged between 38 and 59 years.  They had all suffered Erectile Dysfunction (ED) for at least a year.

Previous studies have used 60?100 g of pistachios per day for a period of 3 to 4 weeks.  Therefore, in this study, the patients received 100 g of pistachio nuts per day for a period of 3 weeks. Patients consumed 100 g of pistachio nuts at lunch every day for a period of 3 weeks. This corresponds to 20% (570 kcal) of the daily calorie intake.

 The subjects were informed to maintain similar daily dietary intake, similar physical activity and other lifestyle habits. No subjects were reported to have side effects during the pistachio-diet period and no patient dropped out during the study.

International Index of Erectile Function  (IEF-5, IEF-15) Questionnaires, Doppler ultrasound and biochemical studias were used to evaluate penile blood-flow, serum lipid levelsand other blood constituents.

After only this short time, all 5 domains of the IEF score showed a statistically significant improvement.  Total cholesterol and LDL levels showed a significant decrease.  Penile blood-flow parameters also showed improvement.No side effects were reported.

The discussion as to why this happens is too complex to go into here and I would refer anyone who is interested to the original paper.  Suffice it to say that this is a serious academic study and not an advert for a Pistachio Marketing Board.

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