Impact of Nuts Consumption On Antioxidant Status and Pro-Oxidant Parameters in Healthy Human Volunteers

  • Omar A.M. Al-Habib University of Zakho
  • Suad Y. AL-Kass University of Duhok
  • Kajeen H. Jasim University of Zakho
Keywords: Anti-oxidants, Pro-oxidants, Human volunteers, Almond, Pistachio

Abstract

The aim of the current research was to study the effect of consumption of a mixture of almond and pistachio on antioxidants and pro-oxidants levels in healthy human volunteers.  This dietary intervention study was carried out during the period from February to March, 2013 on a total of 48 apparently healthy males students from Military Academy / Zakho, Kurdistan Region- Iraq. Blood samples were withdrawn from all volunteer who were living in a controlled environment and analyzed for the determination of serum antioxidants, pro-oxidants. Parameters were obtained at baseline, 3 and 6 weeks after daily consumption of 50 gm. of a mixture of almond and pistachio.

The results of the current study demonstrated that daily consumption of 50 g of   almond and pistachio mixture for 3-6 weeks, significantly increased (P<0.05-0.005) the levels of total antioxidant, Ceruloplasmin, Superoxide dismutase and Glutathione reductase. On the other hand, the levels of the pro-oxidants Malonaldehyde and Peroxy- nitrite were significantly decreased (P<0.005) after 6 weeks of nuts consumption compared to the control. From this dietary intervention trial, it can be concluded that almonds and pistachio mixture improved anti-oxidants and pro-oxidants status compared with those of the healthy volunteers.

Author Biographies

Omar A.M. Al-Habib, University of Zakho

Dept. of  Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zakho, Kurdistan Region-Iraq

Suad Y. AL-Kass, University of Duhok

Dept. Biochemistry, School of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region-Iraq

Kajeen H. Jasim, University of Zakho

Dept. of  Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zakho, Kurdistan Region-Iraq

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Published
2016-06-30
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Al-Habib, O., AL-Kass, S., & Jasim, K. (2016). Impact of Nuts Consumption On Antioxidant Status and Pro-Oxidant Parameters in Healthy Human Volunteers. Science Journal of University of Zakho, 4(1), 9-17. Retrieved from https://sjuoz.uoz.edu.krd/index.php/sjuoz/article/view/299
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