The nuts called Almonds are all good and are most sought after and preferable nuts of all. These crunchy, tasty nuts aren’t just mouthwatering, they promote health and longevity like no other food, if eaten in moderation. Just a handful of nuts are enough to meet your body’s daily requirements. Simply one ounce of almonds provides third of your body’s need. Almonds are my favorite nut of all. Almost every morning, I add 8 to 10 almonds to my breakfast with a glass of milk. Almonds are rich in Vitamin E and also contain magnesium, which lowers blood pressure and heart healthy monounsaturated fats, which helps in lowering LDL, the so called ‘bad cholesterol’. Almonds are very beneficial for health and provides all sorts of nutrients. The diet which is rich in almonds, supports reduced inflammation throughout the body and also reduced levels of insulins, which is a hormone that helps in controlling blood sugar. Fortunately, the deliciously flavored and versatile almond is available throughout the year to make a healthy and tasty addition to almost any dish.
Lee Holmes agrees,” Almonds are full of good fats, and are a great hit of protein, which is essential for strong skin, hair and nails. It’s also a great snack between meals, keeping you satiated.” Almonds are actually stone fruits related to cherries, plums and peaches. The seed of the almond fruit is that we refer to as the almond nut. Almonds are scientifically classified as drupes, have several health benefits and these beneficial properties are used via various forms like almond oil, almond milk, almond paste or whole almonds. The benefits may range from healthy hair, good skin or managing healthy cholesterol levels, there are innumerable advantages which are not generally known by everyone. So, many of its good qualities and benefits are enlisted here, and this will surely inspire you to never skip on almonds in your diet.
Skincare benefits: Almonds have great health benefits in terms of good skincare. Almonds prevent the premature appearance of wrinkles, pimples, blackheads, dry skin. A regular massage of almond oil will get you a glowing and healthy flawless skin complexion.
Haircare benefits: Almond oil is also helpful in treating dark circles around oils, as it helps to revitalize the fatigue cells and improve the blood flow. It is also useful in treating all kinds of hair problems. It help as a cure for treating hair-fall, dandruff and prevents premature whitening of hair.
High in nutrients: Almonds are super-nutritious and have high nutritive value as they contain iron, copper and vitamins and are hence used as an effective remedy for anemia. They are also beneficial in treating constipation as they increase the fiber content in our food and have laxative properties.
Antioxidant benefits and contain vitamins: Almonds have antioxidant properties and contains alpha-tocopherol, which is a major source of vitamin-E and is hence really great for healthy hair and skin and also increases blood flow to the vital organs.
Reduce weight: Almond’s healthy fats help the obese person to lose weight. Almond rich, low-calorie diet, which is high in monounsaturated fats can help overweight people to put down some kilos more effectively than a low calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates. It also lowers the risk of weight gain in individuals consuming almonds in their daily routine. So, never let your concern about gaining weight, prevent you from enjoying the nutritious and delicious almonds.
Reduces Bad cholesterol: Almonds help in lowering bad cholesterol or low density- lipoprotein(LDL), as they contain healthy monounsaturated fats and some polyunsaturated fats, which are the same type of health promoting fats found in olive oil. They reduce the risk of heart disease, due to the antioxidant action of vitamin E. Thus, addition of almonds in your diet can prove to be more heart healthy.
Prevention in Diabetes: Almonds provide double protection against diabetes as they decreases the after-meal rises in blood sugar levels and also provides antioxidants to mop up the smaller amounts of free radicals that still result in. Hence, they help in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. They also protect against cardiovascular diseases by lessening the increase in cholesterol-damaging free radicals that follows large elevations in blood sugar.
A few quick serving ideas with almonds:
Add sliced almonds to chicken salad.
Garnish chopped almonds on almost anything from homemade cookies or cakes or ice creams or any dish. Almonds are versatile that they go with all.
Add some almond butter to the breakfast shake which in turn boost its taste and protein content.
Enhance a healthy sauté of curried vegetables with slice almonds and enjoy.
Almonds and apple slices make a wonderful power pack, on-the-go snack.
Add to plain yoghurt, some chopped almonds and dried fruit and make it delicious.
Sprinkle a handful of nuts over your morning cereal or cornflakes or porridge, lunchtime salad, dinner’s steamed vegetables.
After acknowledging so many benefits of almonds and so healthy and easy to make simple quick servings, I don’t think any sane person would do injustice to them by not having some almonds everyday. If regular consumption is important, then moderation is also necessary. So, enjoy your almonds and be creative with them. With so many different uses and different products, they are sure to acquire an important place in our life.