Pistachios are little green seeds (no, they’re not technically nuts), sometimes referred to as “green almonds,” but they are members of the cashew family. Pistachios are green because of their rich antioxidant content that are bursting with nutrients. They are an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamin K, thiamin, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, and selenium. Because these “nuts” are full of so many essential vitamins and minerals, there are a great many health benefits to eating them. If you’re a pistachio enthusiast, you’ll benefit from these pistachio health perks.

1. Pistachios protect your heart

Because pistachios are full of antioxidants and healthy fats, they can lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels. Normally, when a person has high LDL cholesterol levels, the result is inflammation and buildup inside the arteries, causing them to narrow and endangering the heart. The antioxidants in pistachios prevent LDL from oxidizing and from building up inside the blood vessels.