Health benefits of almonds are enormous as it has got many nutritional factors. This nut can be used for curing health problems like cough, constipation, anemia, diabetes, heart problems, impotency and many respiratory problems. Along with these benefits, almond will provide good dental care, hair and skin. This nutritional nut can be found predominantly in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. When compared to many other nuts available, almond is highly enriched with vitamins and nutrients like magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin E, copper, calcium, niacin, zinc, iron and selenium.
Almond is available in two flavors i.e, bitter and sweet. Sweet almond is edible and bitter almond is used for manufacturing almond oil which is used for flavoring food. Most of the people eat raw almond whereas some of them use it as an ingredient for salads. It is highly preferred to eat the almond in empty stomach so that nutrients can be absorbed completely. Common methodology used for eating almond is to soak them over night in water and eat it in early morning. Almond milk is also rich source of nutrition and has got same benefits as of raw almond. Some of the health benefits of almond are explained below.
Almond contains many nutrients which will help for the development of brain cells. It will increase the intellectual ability and hence it is highly recommended for growing children. Most the mothers will give 2 to 3 almonds to their children in every day basis early in the morning. Some of the children will be very sensitive for the outer shell of the almond which will cause allergy. So remove the outer layer of the almond and give it to the children early in the morning in empty stomach after soaking it in water for a night.
In human body there are two types of cholesterol: HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) and LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein). LDL is considered to be bad cholesterol which will lead for many dangerous health disorders. Regular consumption of almond will reduce the LDL and also will increase the HDL content in the body.
Vitamins and nutrients present in heart like potassium, mono saturated fats and proteins helps for healthy heart. Vitamin E present in almond is an anti-oxidant which will give healthy shield from many heart diseases. Magnesium present in almond will reduce the heart attack. Almond is rich in folic acid which will reduce homocysteine level in the body which is the main reason for building up of fatty plaques in arteries.
Almond is well known for its skin treating factors. Physicians will prescribe almond oil for new born babies as it will helps for the proper growth of skin cells. Most of the soaps manufactured today will have almond milk as a primary ingredient as it has got anti-oxidant property. This will reduce the aging of skin and helps to increase skin complexion.
For reducing blood pressure potassium plays a very important role. Almond contains potassium and hence it is required to consume them early in the morning to have greater benefits.
During pregnancy it is highly recommended for consuming food containing enormous vitamins and nutrients. Almond is the best source as it has the got many vitamins for growing fetus and also for mother. Folic acid present in almond will play a very good role as it will reduce many defects in the new born babies.
Almond is rich in mono saturated fats which will make a person to get satisfied appetite which will prevent from eating extensively. Unsweetened milk of almond is a best choice for shedding weight.
Almond is rich in fiber which will helps for proper movement of bowel. This will help to clear the intestine and also helps to be fit and healthy. It is highly recommended to drink more water soon after consuming almond to cure constipation.
The only draw back of consuming almond is that it leads to formation of stones in the body. So people who are affected with gall stones are not recommended to consume almond without the prescription of physician.
Single Serving (1 ounce)
|Saturated Fat||1.5 g|
|Mono Fat||10.0 g|
|Poly Fat||3.0 g|
|Dietary Fiber||3.0 g|
|Soluble Fiber||0.057 g|
|Insoluble Fiber||2.436 g|
|Vitamin A||0.0 IU|
|Vitamin E||10.0 IU|
|Vitamin B6||0.03 mg|
|Vitamin B12||0.000 mcg|
|Pantothenic Acid||0.0 mg|
|Vitamin C||0.0 mg|
|Vitamin D||0.0 IU|
Basically there is no specific way for consuming almond. To get a greater benefit it is good if we consume raw almond. You can eat it as it comes from the tree but some people have the problem in digesting the outer layer of the nut. So peel of the skin and soak them in water for minimum of 6 hours in night time. Consume them early in the morning for empty stomach so that body can absorb all the available nutrients. Some times almond can also be used for salads topping which is a great way to consume. Some of the people will mix the almond along with green beans which is a best and natural way which will not have any side effects. Almond is available in different ways like oil and milk. Almond oil can be used for preparing dishes and almond milk can be also be used for dishes or can be consumed directly. If you are consuming almond nuts, then it is highly recommended to consume minimum of 1 ounce which will be equivalent to 23 to 25 almond nuts. To gain maximum health benefits of almond this number is highly recommended.
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