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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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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!

6:30AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Thanks

5:19AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Yum! Thank you.

5:03AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

We anteaters don't have teeth anyway. :-(

8:09AM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

Almonds have lots of soluble fibers that prevent digesting of cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol
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5:20PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

love almonds...just ate some today.....and drink almond milk daily.....I also like walnuts......used to love driving by the almond trees in CA along I-5.....hey, just noted, I commented before, too.

6:55AM PDT on Jun 8, 2014

add the benefits of ants

5:41AM PDT on May 5, 2014

Thanks! Am sharing.

5:56PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

I eat organic almonds (skin on) drink organic almond milk, and use almond oil on my skin. Almonds rock :)

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