Almonds (Prunus dulcis) are one of the popular nuts found in light orangish-brown color. Almonds actually fall under the rose family along with peach and apricot. Even though it is drupe fruit produced from tree, it is still called nuts. These popular nuts are hugely produced in California, USA. Mainly there are two types of almonds exist, they are Bitter Almond and Sweet Almonds. And sweet one is eaten normally. These popular nuts are packed with variety of health benefits as they contain abundant number of essential minerals, vitamins, fiber, polyphenols, healthy fats, antioxidants and many more. Almonds can be eaten either raw or roasted or combining with different recipes.
Being powerhouse of nutrients, almond is loaded with tons of health benefits. Some of them are I have listed out here.
1. Helps in Preventing Diabetes
Diabetes is the condition in which high level of sugar is found in blood. Insulin produced by pancreas plays vital role to lower the blood sugar. When pancreas is unable to produce sufficient insulin, you become victim of diabetes. You may be familiar with many of the news regarding increased numbers of diabetes patients day by day.
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fat. An article published in one of the leading charity for people living with diabetes in the UK states that monounsaturated fats maintain good cholesterol (High-Density Lipoprotein or HDL) by carrying out the waste or bad cholesterol from our body. Also, According to American Heart Association, these types of unsaturated fat are useful to balance the amount of glucose in blood.
2. Improve Digestive System
Not having proper digestive system means, food that you eat remain in stomach for longer and turns to fat that cause many health issues like vomiting, acid reflux, heartburn, nausea etc. To balance your digestive system, consumption of fiber rich food is essential. It is proven that almonds are rich in fiber. Also, having almond milk regularly saves you from problem like constipation along with other intestinal problem. Presence of healthy bacteria in almond may promote proper digestive system. So what are you waiting for? Go grab some almonds.
3. Reduce Cancer Risk
Almonds along with other nuts like walnuts, cashew, and pecans contain low carbohydrate and high protein, fiber and healthy fats. A research done by Yale Cancer Center, United States found that people who consume almonds regularly are successful to lower the risk of cancer recurrence two to three times compared to those who do not. Vitamin E found in almond significantly reduces the oxidative stress and lower the risk of cancers like colon cancer and prostate cancer. Especially, the outer orangish-brown skin layer of almond is rich in antioxidants so make sure to keep it while having it.
4. Promote Healthy Heart
Almond: An Ultimate Superfood for human being is loaded with tons of health benefits. Scientists have found that eating almonds everyday can be beneficial for heart health too. Presence of antioxidants in it can regulate blood flow and reduce the blood pressure. Orangish-brown layer of almonds helps to clean the blood vessels and that prevents you from heart diseases. Combination of nutrients such as vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, fiber, flavonoids work together for improving overall health.
5. Assistant to Reduce Weight
Being rich in nutrients such as monounsaturated fats, fiber, protein, omega -3 fatty acids, almonds enhance metabolism power that tends to burn fat in our body. Among other fat burning foods, almond is one of them according to the article published in one of the popular e-commerce sites for selling nuts in US. Eating almonds regularly helps to reduce bad cholesterol. Also almond is fiber and protein rich food. Such types of food keeps you full and satisfied for longer and prevent you from over eating. Less eating means loosing weight.
6. Enhances Memory Power
Many of the parents make their children have almonds every day during exam because they think that almonds are memory booster. But surprisingly it is true. Presence of lean protein in it repair brain cells, Vitamin E helps to slow down ageing of brain cells, omega 3 fatty acid enhances intellectual capacity. But to get great result you need to soak 8-10 almonds in water overnight and have in the morning. Over eating anything is obviously not good for our health. So, just 8-10 almonds are sufficient for a day.
7. Boost Immunity System
Weak immunity system means frequently being suffered from common diseases like common cold and other flu. Good amount of vitamin E, protein, fiber and zinc plays significant role to treat common cold and flu. Orange-brown skin of almond can improve the ability of white blood cell to detect and fight back to the different viruses, germs, bacteria. So these abilities make almond a good immunity system booster.
8. Good for Healthy Skin
Everybody wants healthy skin, right? Well almond helps you somehow to get glowing skin. Vitamin E in almond makes skin smooth and supple. You may have seen many beauty products containing almond oils. Such oil can help you treat acne, dryness and other marks on your face. Applying few drops of almond oil on your skin can save you from sun-burn. And an anti-ageing property of it can make you look younger.
9. Promotes Healthy Hair
Few of the people know that almonds are actually beneficial for hair too. Monounsaturated fats in almond are good for nourishing and moisturizing the hair scalp. It promotes hair growth and prevents from dandruff and inflammation. Nutrient like magnesium is essential for hair growth. Giving massage to your hair everyday with almond oil can promote healthy hair. So why don’t you give it a try?
10. Promote Healthy Bone
Like other nuts, almonds also contain sufficient amount of calcium that makes it Superfood to promote healthy bone. Also potassium and magnesium supports bone building. Make sure to involve almond on your regular diet
Being rich in variety of nutrients such as vitamin E, manganese, copper, magnesium, flavonoid, monounsaturated fats, calcium, and potassium make almond Superfood for human being. All you need to know is about the way to eat it without losing its nutritional value. Do consider visiting Mero Recipe on YouTube channel for many healthy and exciting recipes.