Our culture has become obsessed with calorie counting, and unfortunately the health benefits of one of the world’s most nutrient-packed nuts has suffered. Aside from being packed with healthy proteins, fiber, copper and magnesium, and vitamins by the score, they also have some pretty amazing tricks up their shells.
Almonds can support weight loss
The combination of positive essential fatty acids and fiber help create a feeling of fullness, so overeating occurs less. Tip: I’ve found I’m hungrier after I eat fruit. So I put some almond butter on my apple or pear for a protein-packed snack that will keep me satisfied until meal time.
Almonds help reduce cancer
They contain certain phytochemicals that scientists are discovering help reduce cancer risk.
Almonds are powerfood for pregnant women
Almonds contain loads of calcium, of which a full 21% is absorbed (that’s very good). Also, chewing ten raw almonds when experiencing pregnancy nausea will easily do the trick!
Almonds reduce cholesterol
Yep, they’re high in fat… the good kind. The monounsaturated fats in almonds are similar to those in olive oil, reducing LDL cholesterol in the body!
Almonds pack a double punch against diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Almonds appear to not only decrease after-meal rises in blood sugar, but also provide antioxidants to mop up the smaller amounts of free radicals that still result. (Jenkins DJ, Kendall CW, Journal of Nutrition)
More protein than an egg? It’s in almonds!
A quarter cup of almonds contains 7.62 grams of protein versus the eggs 5.54 grams!
Almond Oil is a great for skin!
It stimulates blood flow and circulation, so a regular massage of almond oil on the face and body promotes a glowing complexion and fights signs of aging.
Almonds fight anemia
We usually associate anemia with iron deficiencies, and it’s true that supplementing extra iron is vital. But iron needs copper as well to be fully beneficial, and almonds have copper by the score!
Almonds help you… go…
The skins and meat contain oils and lipids that help rectal muscles relax. Children with chronic constipation were cured after very few injections of phenol in almond oil.
They signify best wishes in marriage
Ever been to an Italian, Greek or Middle Eastern wedding and gotten little bags of candied almonds as favors? These are called Jordan Almonds, and the tradition is that each wedding guest receive five to represent health, wealth, longevity, fertility, and happiness to the newly wed. The tradition dates back to the 15th century, when candied nuts and fruits were the “confetti” at celebratory occasions.
So what are you waiting for? Go get some ALMONDS!
A classically trained actor, Jacqueline Raposo has lived with Lyme Disease, and other health conditions, since the age of 12. In moving from chronic illness to chronic wellness, she has explored numerous means to better understand and heal her body and now offers natural health remedies, medicine foods, and clear insight based on her personal experiences, research, and success. Visit her blog at Iamawholehumanbeing.wordpress.com to learn more about dietary and lifestyle factors in achieving greater wellness and balance.
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