Almonds are fast becoming a superfood. Many doctors recommend them as a snack of choice.
Almonds are excellent sources of calcium, vitamin E, folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
Here are at a glance their many health benefits:
Almonds can help boost our brainpower and stabilize our mood. They contain phenylalanine, a chemical shown to work in conjunction with our cognitive processes and supports healthy neurological function.
According to MayoClinic.com, almonds are among the top five foods to lower cholesterol. This is due to the fact that they are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, fiber and plant sterols — all of which help improve cholesterol levels.
Almonds contain L-arginine, which works to strengthen the artery walls and reduce the risk of developing blood clots. Almonds are also rich in is omega-3 fatty acids, which help regulate heart rhythms.
Vitamin E is also present in almonds and it helps with the arteries walls,
Aid with Weight Loss:
Scientists at Purdue University’s Department of Foods and Nutrition published a report in the September 2008 issue of “The Journal of Nutrition” regarding the effects that nuts and weight loss.
Nut consumption may help weight loss as you will feel full faster and eat less. They will also lessen your food cravings
Note: Try purchasing raw and organic almonds without any salt to get the full health benefits.
Tip: Soak them overnight or at least 4 hours prior to eating.
1. MayoClinic.com: Nuts and Your Heart: Eating Nuts for Heart Health “The Journal of Nutrition”; The Role of Tree Nuts and Peanuts in the Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease: Multiple Potential Mechanisms; Penny M. Kris-Etherton, et al; September 2008
2. “The Journal of Nutrition”: ; Richard D. Mattes, et al; September 2008