Almonds are a great source of vitamin E, with 25g providing 70 percent of the recommended daily allowance. They also have good amounts of magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, fibre and are a good source of healthy monounsaturated fat. They contain more calcium than any other nut which makes them great for vegetarians who do not eat any dairy products.
They also contain amygdalin, also known as laetrile or vitamin B17, the controversial anti-cancer nutrient. In ancient times sweet almond was considered as a healing food and praised for increasing vitality, improving skin complexion and body's capabilities to resist intoxication. Systematic research led to believe that almonds are more beneficial to health than assumed to be earlier.
- Good for brain: Almond is a source of many nutrients which help in development of the brain. Almond induces high intellectual level and has been considered as an essential food item for growing children. Many mothers give almonds soaked in water to their children daily in the morning (2-3 pieces of soaked almonds are good enough, you can also remove the outer shell if it causes allergy to you.
Regulates cholesterol: Regular consumption of almonds helps to increase the level of high density lipoproteins (HDL) and reduce the level of low density lipoproteins (LDL), thereby effectively controlling cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol is called bad cholesterol.
Good for heart: Mono-saturated fat, protein and potassium contained in almonds are good for the heart. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and reduces the risk of heart diseases. The presence of magnesium in almonds helps to avoid heart attacks. Almonds help reduce C-reactive protein which causes artery-damaging inflammation. Almond is also a source of folic acid. They therefore help to reduce the level of homocystein, which causes fatty plaque buildup in arteries.
Skin care: The benefits of almond for skin care are well known, and hence a massage with almond oil is often recommended for new born babies. Almond milk is also added in some soaps as almonds help in improving the complexion of the skin.
Regulates blood pressure: Potassium present in almond helps to regulates blood pressure. Almonds are very low in sodium which also helps in containing blood pressure.
Prevention of cancer: Almond improves the movement of food through the colon, thereby preventing colon cancer.
Almonds contain dietary fibers and proteins too but don’t contain any carbohydrates. Almonds are recommended to people that have diabetes. Dietary fibers help you get rid of constipation and make you feel full and eat less during the day. If you feel hungry between the meals eat some almonds as a healthy snack and you will make it to the next meal without eating something unhealthy. But make sure you don’t eat to many almonds because they have many calories. Just 35 grams of almonds have about 200 calories.
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- Guest 8 years ago
One of the main benefits of almonds is that they are rich in vitamin E which provides numerous benefits for the skin and overall good health. Almond oil is a great skin moisturizer and is great for treating dry skin; it nourishes the skin and keeps it soft and supple. Almond oil can help smoothes wrinkles and improved complexion because it is rich in unsaturated fats and essential fatty acids. Acne Treatment