Packed with essential nutrients like protein, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and fibre, almonds provide numerous health benefits. The versatile Almond can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes and can be eaten at any meal or at any time of the day.
Health Benefits of Almonds
Reduce Heart attack risk and lowers bad cholesterol:
Almond consumption reduces the risk of heart attack due to the antioxidant action of Vitamin-E found in almonds as well as the LDL-lowering effect of almonds’ monounsaturated fats.
Almond consumption also has a favourable effect on the blood cholesterol levels.
In addition to healthy fats and Vitamin-E, a quarter cup of almonds contains 62 mg of magnesium which is a natural calcium channel blocker and improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
A quarter cup of almonds is rich in 162 mg of potassium which is an important electrolyte involved in nerve transmission and the contraction of all muscles including the heart.
Almonds promote your cardiovascular health by providing 162 mg of potassium and only 0.2 mg of sodium, making almonds an especially good choice in protecting against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
Almonds consumption aids in weight loss:
Although nuts are believed to be high in fat, people who consume nuts on an average basis are thinner on an average than those who almost never consume nuts.
A 28-month study involving 8,865 adult men and women in Spain found that individuals eating nuts two times per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than those who almost never ate nuts.
Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals:
Almonds help lessening the increase in cholesterol-damaging free radicals that accompanies large elevations in blood sugar. Almonds appear to not only decrease after-meal rises in blood sugar, but also provide antioxidants to mop up the smaller amounts of free radicals.
Helps alkalize the body:
Almonds help alkalize your body which is essential enough as if your body is not alkaline enough, you may risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.
Reduces the disorder of neurological condition and boosts brain activity:
Almonds are believed to help increase the intellectual level and longevity.
Riboflavin and L-carnitine nutrients contained in almonds boosts the brain activity.
Almonds help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease which is characterized by dementia, destruction of memory, loss of thinking skills and inability to complete simple tasks.
Almonds help build strong bones and teeth:
Almonds helps in building strong bones and teeth due to phosphorus contained.
Protects artery walls from damage:
Flavonoids found in almond skins work in synergy with Vitamin E and thereby reduces heart disease as well.
Helps prevent gallstones:
Consuming an adequate amount of almonds may lower the risk of developing gallstones and thereby preventing gallbladder disease
Almonds for Beauty
Almond oil is one the most commonly used natural oil in cosmetics due to the antioxidants and Vitamin-E along with a variety of plant chemicals contained. It is very light and can be used to wipe it over eyes to remove make-up. It can also be used to massage the skin as a moisturiser.
Sweet almond oil and almond milk are one of the best moisturisers for your body.
Almond oil can be used on face for taking off make-up or as a moisturiser. You can make your own almond face scrub. Soak few raw almonds in water overnight and grind them in mortal and pestle. Add some milk or yoghurt forming a paste. Your almond face scrub is ready to use.
Almond oil and almond milk are really good and effective for moisturising hands and cuticles.
Applying almond oil to your hair is inexpensive and effective moisturising treatment. When massaged into the scalp, the oil gently smooths the hair cuticles and nourishes the scalp with a result of stronger, healthier and shiner hair growth.