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Almonds

“A complete meal”almonds

Almonds have been recognized as a food staple not only for their taste, but also for their nutritional qualities and health promotion properties. Almonds have a vast number of health benefits and these beneficial properties are used via various forms like almond oil, almond paste or whole almonds.

Health Benefits of Almonds

  • Good Fat Source: Almonds contain monounsaturated fats and some polyunsaturated fats and hence they help to lower the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or the bad cholesterol, while maintaining healthy high-density lipoproteins or good cholesterol levels.

  • Hair and Skin Health: Almonds have great health benefits in terms of healthy skin and hair. Almonds contain Alpha-tocopherol, which is a major source of Vitamin E and is hence really great for healthy hair and skin. It prevents premature appearance of wrinkles, black heads, pimples and dry skin as well.

  • Eye Health: Almond oil is also used to treat black circles around the eyes, since almond oil helps to re-vitalize the fatigues cells and improve the blood flow.

  • Nutritional Value: Almonds have an extremely high nutritive value since they contain copper, iron and vitamins and are hence used as a remedy for anemia. They are a very good source of vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2, and phosphorus.

  • Protein contents in almonds are of high level. Almonds provide protein supplement to those who are strictly vegetarian. Proteins are essential for building muscles and they also help in maintaining energy level of our body. As almond helps in building muscles, it in turn helps in keeping our body strong and young for longer period.

  • Digestive System: Almond oil also possesses laxative properties and helps to produce soft stools and avoid any other problems of the digestive system. It is also beneficial in treatment of constipation since they increase the fiber content of the food as well.

  • Blood Sugar levels: Almonds decrease the after-meal rises in blood sugar and are hence help in maintaining a healthy blood sugar level.

  • Antioxidant: Almonds also have antioxidant properties and are hence very beneficial for the health. Almonds help reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some chronic diseases

  • Aromatherapy also makes use of sweet almond oil, which is one of the essential oils in aromatherapy and is considered as one of the most popular choice of massage oils, which rejuvenates the body and replenishes the skin. It is also known to relieve the stress.

  • Lactose Intolerance: Almond milk is prepared by crushing the almonds without the outer cover and adding water and sugar to it. This milk is rich in vitamins and it is easier to digest than cow’s milk. Almond milk is useful in case of a child who has allergy to the cow’s milk.
    Babies, who have lactose intolerance, can be given a mixture of powdered almonds mixed with warm water, which provides as much if not more nutrition as milk.

  • Memory Food: Almond is believed to improve memory and strengthen it many folds. If a combination of almond oil and milk is taken together before going to bed or after getting up at morning, it helps in sharpening our memory.
 
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