Almond… a seed shaped, brown color, crunchy and tasty dry fruit, is the healthiest known fruit or in fact is a superfood. This is tamed to be healthiest not just like that, but because of the nutritional values it provide. Almonds are packed with high quality protein, vitamin E, magnesium, fiber and many essential amino acids. You can also get copper, B vitamins, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and healthy fats from almonds.
Many debate over almond whether it is a nut or seed, but it hardly matters, all that matters is that it is heathy and also good in taste. Including almonds in your daily diet can make you healthy, healthier and healthiest.
Almonds can be consumed directly, or may be soaked in water overnight and consumed next day by removing its covering or may be mixed with milk to make almond milk shake or can be used as topping in a number of dishes including cakes.
The health benefits of almonds are extensive. From constipation to cancer and from hair to bone, almonds can keep you healthy in many ways. Here are the top benefits of Almond:
- Improves Brainpower:
Why I have mentioned this benefit on number one because if you are born and brought up in India then you would have surely heard it since childhood from your parents during exams (beta roz subah khaya kr issey dimaag tez hota hai) and trust me this is not any superstition, this is a scientifically proved fact that almonds actually improve brainpower. Almonds contain phenylalanine, which increases the production of brain chemicals like dopamine and adrenaline. These chemicals are vital for attention and memory, and improving your problem solving skills. Plus, the vitamin E in almonds helps prevent cognitive decline, boosts alertness and preserves memory functioning.
- Keeps Heart Healthy:
There are many nutrients in almonds that contribute to heart health. For instance, almonds are rich in magnesium, which improves blood flow and the movement of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. This in turn can help control blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks. Plus, they have vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps reduce artery-damaging inflammation. This in turn reduces the risk of many heart diseases.
- Lowers Cholesterol Level:
Eating almonds regularly can help regulate your cholesterol levels. Almonds are a good resource of monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which facilitate in lowering the LDL (bad) cholesterol. Eating almonds as part of our regular diet can help raise HDL cholesterol, or good cholesterol levels. According to a research, people who consumed a handful of almonds every day lowered their bad cholesterol level by 4.4%, and those who ate two handfuls every day reduced their bad cholesterol by 9.4%.
- Prevent Diabetes:
Almonds also help control blood sugar levels and prevent complications from diabetes. The healthy fats, vitamins, fiber and several minerals in almonds help regulate the absorption and processing of glucose. Thus, keeps a check on the level of blood sugar. In addition to managing blood sugar almonds nutrition benefits include the ability to lower other common diabetes risks: unhealthy body weight, inflammation and high levels of oxidative stress.
- Weight Loss:
Healthy fats and dietary fiber aid in weight loss because they help you feel full, which curbs overeating and unhealthy snacking, so you’ll have fewer cravings and be less likely to overeat. They are also full of B vitamins and zinc, which help stop sugar cravings. Studies, even show that almonds support a healthy metabolism. Also, people who frequently eat almonds retain healthier body weights and lower rates of obesity.
- Prevents Birth Defects:
Almonds contain folic acid, a confirmed defense against birth defects. Folic acid plays a big function in healthy cell growth and tissue configuration, and therefore is very important for the healthy growth of the fetus. Women who intake folic acid – by eating almonds – during their pregnancies are likely to give birth to babies without NTDs (Neural tube defects).
- Maintain Dental & Bone Health:
Almonds are a good source of trace minerals, including magnesium and phosphorus, which is a crucial nutrient for building and maintaining strong teeth and bones. Almonds nutrition benefits include the ability to help prevent tooth decay, fight cavities, lower the risk for bone fractures and fight osteoporosis.
- Healthy Skin:
For young and healthy looking skin, almonds are just the right ingredient. They are also rich in vitamin E, a skin-nourishing vitamin that protects the skin from becoming dry. A massage with almond oil can improve your complexion, reduce the intensity of sun damage on your skin and make your skin healthy from within. The good part is that almond oil will not have a greasy effect on your skin and will not clog the pores. You can also use almond milk to effectively treat sunburns and various other skin problems. Almonds also have anti-aging properties that help reduce wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging.
- Healthy Hair:
From strengthening hair to stop hair fall almond does it all. Whether one eats it or applies almond oil both are beneficial. Almonds contain hair-friendly nutrients like polyunsaturated and mono fatty acids as well as vitamin A, D, B1, B2 and B6. These nutrients penetrate into the hair strands and make the hair healthy and beautiful. The combination of fatty acids and fats in almond softens, strengthens and nourishes the hair.
Apart from all the above mentioned benefits almond has numerous benefits like it increases immunity so it reduces the chances of getting ill, prevents constipation, increases eyesight, provides required protein so it is also good for building muscles. From head to toe, almond is good for each and every part of our body, so if you want to live a healthy, disease free life, do add almonds into your diet.
Now, before I end this topic a word of caution: As almonds are high in monounsaturated fats and calories, you must not eat them in excess.
Eat healthy, Stay heathy… And keep reading my blogs for more health tips…
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