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9 Health Benefits of Almonds

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9 Health Benefits of Almonds

Do you know how beneficial almonds are for your health?

Almonds are my favorite nut. Most mornings I add 7 to 10 almonds to my breakfast.  Almonds are tasty and nutritious as most people will agree.

9 Health Benefits of Almonds:

1.  They reduce heart attack risk.
Those who consume nuts five times a week have about a 50 percent reduction in risk of heart attack according to the Loma Linda School of Public Health.

2.  They lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Almonds added to the diet have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels, according to a clinical study by Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc.

3.  They protects artery walls from damage.
It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E, thus reducing the risk of heart disease (Research at Tufts University).

4.  Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.
The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible.

5.  They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss:

  • Although nuts are high in fat, frequent nut eaters are thinner on average than those who almost never consume nuts. (Data from the Nurses’ Health Study)
  • Those who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31 percent less likely to gain weight than were those who never or seldom ate them in a study involving 8865 adults. (WHFood’s article on almonds)

6.  Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.

7.  They help provide good brain function.
Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

8.  They nourish the nervous system.
According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity.

9.  They alkalize the body.
Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming.  When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.

Did you know?

  • Almonds are actually stone fruits related to cherries, plums and peaches.
  • 2.51 million tons of almonds were produced in 2010 according to Food and Agriculture Organization.
  • United States is the largest producer of almonds. Unfortunately, it also demands that almonds are pasteurized or irradiated. Read more at:  The Killing of California Almonds
  • From ancient Egypt to modern times, almonds have always been a popular ingredient in lotions and potions.

Next Page:  Almond Nutrition, almond concerns and 8 great ways to use almonds.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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1:58PM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

ty

12:08PM PDT on Oct 8, 2014

Thank you! I dearly love almonds - probably too much!

3:09PM PDT on Oct 7, 2014

Try to find almond butter, in place of peanut butter.
A couple of our grocers carry it and one of them let's you fill the size container of your choice. It isn't creamy, but the taste is quite similar.
I add a little honey and often stuff celery stocks with it.

Almonds appear to be on almost every website I pull up, as being healthy and even beneficial for losing weight. Of course, this presumes that you are not eating a pound at a time.

8:00AM PDT on Oct 7, 2014

Lurve almonds!

2:30PM PDT on Sep 27, 2014

ty

8:39PM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Almonds are wonderful, very flavourful and tasty.

California produces some eighty percent of the world's almonds and bees are trucked in from as far away from Florida to pollinate the flowers. Given all of the troubles that bees are having, one wonders what happens to Almond trees if the bees are one day no longer around?

So far, I have not found any almond 'milk' that I like, however, I do enjoy almond butter.

4:30AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Thanks

12:20PM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

Many thanks!!

12:59PM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

I now buy 'almond butter', in place of peanut butter, add a little honey and put it on celery.
Not only, do you get your almonds, but you get a fiber kick, as well.

8:05AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Excellent article, thank you; I'm eating almonds right now!

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