Apart from great medicinal value, the main reason that so many people add almonds to their diet is because it give a rich taste to the food. Some of the researched and verified benefits of almonds are given below.
1.Good For Brain
Almonds are a source of many nutrients that help in the development of the human brain. Almonds are known to be connected to a higher intellectual level and they have long been considered an essential food item for growing children. Almond also contain two vital brain nutrients- riboflavin and L-carnitine, which are known to increase brain activity.
2.Regulation of Cholesterol
Regular consumption of almonds helps to lower the LDL (bad cholesterol) while increasing the level of HDL (good cholesterol). This balance is quite important for maintaining a healthy cholesterol level.
3.Good for Heart
The MUFA, protein and potassium in almonds are all vital for keeping hour hearth healthy and functionally efficient. Vitamin E, an effective antioxidant, also helps in reducing the risk of heart diseases, while the presence of magnesium helps to avoid the episodes of heart attacks. Almonds are also a rich folic acid which help in proper brain functioning.
Rich in alkali materials, Almonds are known to be beneficial for immune system. They also have high Vitamin E levels, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Fats are essential for the body, and can be very beneficial for overall health. But it is important to understand the difference between goof fat and bad fat. Certain fatty acids are required by the body to carry out proper metabolic functions. Our body is unable to create its own fatty acids, which is why we need to get them from dietary sources. Almonds have two very important fatty acids, both linoleic and linolenic acids. These fatty acids help to reduce inflammation all around the body, a general condition many people suffer from. These fatty acids also help to reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol).
6.Regulation of Blood Pressure
The potassium rich almonds help in regulating blood pressure. Almonds are very low in sodium, and help to control fluctuating blood pressure. Balanced nutrition helps in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but the entire body gets affected if this balance is lost. Lifestyle problems like anxiety, overall stress, and inevitably, increased blood pressure are negative effects of the imbalance in proper nourishment of the body
7.Protection Against Diabetes
Almonds are known to reduce the sudden rise in glucose and insulin levels after meals. This modulation offers protection from the dangerous spikes in blood sugar especially in case of diabetics following a large meal, or a meal with an unexpectedly high sugar content.
8.Good for Pregnancy
Almonds contain folic acid, that helps in lowering the incidence of birth defects in newborn babies. It also stimulates healthy cell growth and tissue formation. Doctors regularly prescribe folic acid supplements to pregnant women to ensure proper development of the tube, and almonds have enough folic acid to keep mothers and their babies healthy.
Unsweetened almond milk can be consumed during weight loss. The MUFA in almonds helps in achieving a satiety in appetite and prevents over-eating. The dietary fiber also contributes to the feeling of satiety. The fiber contributes to consistent bowel movements, which helps in weight loss and the general health of the body through the elimination of toxins.
10.Prevention of Constipation
Almonds are rich in fiber and thus help prevent constipation. However, it is important to note that a significant amount of water is needed to speed up the digestive process and beneficial effects of the nut. So keep in mind to drink water after eating almonds. Even the small number to as much as 4- 5 almonds contain enough dietary fiber to keep your digestion and bowel movements regular.
While the above article guides you to eating healthier, there is no substitute for customized professional advice given by a qualified nutritionist. We urge you to speak to your personal dietician or if you need help, contact a nutritionist at Qua Nutrition.
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