Do you love dry fruits and nuts? If yes, then you might be a fan of almonds. Almond that is scientifically called as Prunus Dulcis. Belonging to the species of tree native to Mediterranean climate regions of Middle East and Southern Asia, from Syria and turkey to Pakistan, almond is found almost all across the world.
The fruit of almond is a drupe consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed which is not a true nut inside. Almonds basically come with a shell and are sold both shelled and unshelled.
So, people have been enjoying almonds for thousands of years. The United States, Spain and Iran are some of the top almond producers in the world. Today we’ll discuss about some healthy benefits of incorporating almonds in your daily routine diet.
Almonds are highly nutritious nuts containing rich quantities of anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and healthy fats. They are edible seeds sold either raw or roasted, they produce almond oil that is also really precious and beneficial. Also, butter, milk and oil, flour or paste that is known as the marzipan.
Almonds also contain fibers, proteins, manganese and magnesium. A small handful of almonds contain almost 161 calories and 2.5 grams of digestible carbohydrates.
As almonds are rich in fat, they are very good sources of almond oil. Sweet almonds are the familiarly eaten and used to make foods, oils and cosmetics. But bitter almonds are believed to have medicinal properties. They can prove to be toxic if not properly processed. They are not widely available either. After extraction from the almonds the oil undergoes high-heat processing and chemical reactions. Almond oil is a rich source of vitamin E and a small source of Vitamin K. Vitamin E is popular to be known as an anti-ageing component and it also reduces the risk of coronary heart diseases. It supports immune function and prevents inflammation, promotes eye health and lower the risk of cancer. It also helps reducing the appearance of scars and moisturizes your skin in an excellent way.
Eating 4-8 almonds daily helps in reducing the risk of heart attack, since it’s a common cause of death these days even in the younger people, you should definitely be taking good care of your diet and keep measuring the amount of nutrients you incorporate in your daily diet. Almonds help in lowering bad cholesterol levels in blood that eventually leads to many heart diseases causing heart attack and congestion later. Almonds also stabilize blood pressure.
The fibers present in almonds detoxify your body and makes your digestive system smoother. It also prevents the risk of colon cancer. It also improves your bowel movement and helps to poop smoothly.
Almonds improve the blood glucose absorption and reduce the sugar raise in the blood after meals, thus reduce the chances of cardiovascular diseases in the body. They also improve brain power, since they are rich in zinc to protect brain cells from free radical damage. Vitamin B6 content in almonds aids metabolism of proteins to repair brain cells and vitamin E slow down brain ageing for boosting up your memory.
Almonds being rich in proteins and fibers reduce hunger and you can feel full by eating a handful of almonds as it satisfies your calorie intake and you do not reach out for fatty meals and help maintain your weight. Yes, you add almonds in your daily diet and cut down that fat, my friend.
Almonds also reduce birth defects as high folic acid in the almonds helps to promote healthy cell and tissue growth of the fetus.
So, if you are already taking in almonds on daily basis then you are majorly missing on some healthy benefits and need to do so asap!