Almonds – The Wonder Nut

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012
This article was posted in From Your Kitchen

Almonds, from ancient times in India, has found its special place in the list of nutritious food. Not only almonds make for a healthy snack but also a tasty additive to many recipes.

Rightly called the wonder nut, almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and health-promoting fats. Almond has been recognized as an important food for our health with natural source of proteins, vitamins, fats, carbohydrates and many other vital nutrients that are required by human body and hence a complete food.

almondsA small looking almond can help us fight various diseases right from the problem of memory loss to the siemens loss. This natural wonder not only tastes good but also reduces the risk of heart disease. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of “good fat” found in olive oil that is known to lower risk of heart diseases. Including almonds in your regular diet helps increase HDL or “good” cholesterol, levels, and lowers LDL or “bad” cholesterol, levels.

The antioxidant properties of almonds helps rejuvenate your skin, gives it a glow and helps you in looking younger. If almond paste is regularly applied to the skin, it helps in preventing wrinkles, pimples, black heads etc. and prevents skin from getting dry. What more? Frequent consumption of almonds aids weight management as they satiate your appetite and curb cravings.

Protein contents in almonds are of high level. Almonds and some other type of nuts provide protein supplement to those who are strictly vegetarian and miss their part of essential proteins that are obtained from animal meat and eggs. Proteins are essential for building muscles and they also help in maintaining energy level of our body. Adding almonds in your daily diet will add nutrients such as manganese, riboflavin, and copper are all known to aid energy production and in turn help in keeping our body strong and young for longer period.

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. 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. Almond paste helps in bringing down the dandruff level and solves problem of hair loss.

Along with the above facts, almonds is also useful in fighting anemia as it contains iron and copper which are important in blood synthesis. People who want to boost or stabilize their sexual capability should chew almonds everyday, almonds help in fighting impotency. Being an excellent laxative almond is good for the patient who is suffering from constipation. A leading source of Vitamin E, almonds are a wonder food for mothers-to-be and hence doctors across the globe recommend consumption of almonds before and after pregnancy.

Remember a handful of almonds can supply 33% of the Vitamin E required by the body so start your day healthy and smart, eat some hands-full of almonds every morning.