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Almonds for Healthy Daily Life

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Almonds for Better Health

Almonds are one of the most healthy and nutritious nuts. In recent years, almonds have become popular for their health benefits. Experts suggest that eating a handful of almonds a day aids in weight loss and improve brain health. Swapping unhealthy snacks with almonds can reduce hunger and desire to gorge food later in the day. For weight watchers, almonds help reduce their overall calorie intake.

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Almonds have been praised as the healthiest nut as it contains monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, vitamin E, riboflavin, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, selenium and other essential antioxidants. Almonds are usually eaten raw, however, they can also be added to salads and yogurt. Almonds are also available in other forms such as flour and milk.

Almonds for Healthy Daily Life

Health Benefits of Almonds

Some of the health benefits of eating almonds on a daily basis are:

Aid in Weight Loss

Although nuts benefit health in numerous ways, people tend to avoid them for fear of weight gain. Almonds contain protein and fiber that increase satiety and aid in weight loss. According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders that involved overweight and obese participants suggests that almond-enriched diet can help reduce body weight than a low-calorie diet. The participants who followed an almond enriched diet for six months experienced a 62% greater reduction in their BMI, 50% reduction in waist circumference and 56% reduction in body fat.

Unsweetened almond milk is an ideal option for people on a weight loss regimen. The fiber in almonds contributes to consistent bowel movements and help in weight loss. People who regularly consume almonds are far more likely to remain at their ideal weight than those who rarely or never consume almonds.

Improve Brain Health

Almonds help improve memory, learning ability and supports healthy brain function. Two essential nutrients present in almonds are riboflavin and L-carnitine that help increase brain activity. A study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology (2010), showed that supplementation of 150mg of almonds per kilogram of body weight for two weeks improved learning, memory and reversed a form of drug-induced dementia. Also, the consumption of almonds reduced the levels of an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that increases attention and awareness.

Another study conducted in mice published in Brain Research Bulletin (2016) showed that supplementation of 400mg of almonds per kilogram of body weight for four weeks significantly improved memory retention. Regular consumption of almonds can also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies show that almonds can have a positive effect on neural activity and prevent neural degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease.

Almonds Boost Brain Health

Boost Immune System

Almonds increase the immune system's defense against viruses. According to a study published in the journal Immunology, naturally occurring compounds in the almond skin stimulate the immune response and thus contribute to an antiviral immune defense. The study funded by the Almond Board of California, found that almond skin extracts were effective against Herpes Simplex Virus 2, a virus that causes cold sores and is difficult to treat.

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Studies have also shown that almonds increase white blood cell production that fights viral infections such as flu and common cold. Alkali compounds in almonds strengthen the immune system. The high amounts of vitamin E found in almonds also help boost the immune system and stave off infections.

Energizing Food

Eating almonds can also lead to more energy, healthy and stronger muscles. Manganese, copper and vitamin B2 (riboflavin) are the three essential nutrients that play a key role in the production of energy. A handful of almonds provides more protein than an egg. Manganese and copper in almonds limit the free radicals that can hinder the mitochondria to produce energy. Thus, eating a handful of almonds can keep you going through the day.

Keeps Bone Healthy

Microminerals such as phosphorous, magnesium and calcium found in almonds are essential for maintaining bone health. Phosphorous has an impact on the strength and durability of bones, teeth and also prevents the onset of osteoporosis. A study published in Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental (2011) showed that almonds significantly reduced osteoclast proliferation and activity, suggesting that almonds have a positive effect on maintaining bone health by reducing bone tissue breakdown.

Promote Skin Health

Including almonds in the diet helps improve skin health. Vitamin E in almonds helps to protect against oxidative stress, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging. Almonds also contain high concentrations of catechin, epicatechin, and flavonoids that fight skin cancer and aging by reversing oxidative stress. Almond milk is used in cosmetic products like soaps to improve skin complexion. Almond oil is also used to reduce scars and pigmentation. Topical application of almond oil keeps the skin soft, supple, prevent dryness, reduce dark circles and improves skin complexion.

Almond Oil Improves Skin Health

Prevent Constipation

The high dietary fiber content of almonds helps prevent constipation. The amount of fiber in five almonds is sufficient to improve digestion and regularize bowel movement. Eating too many almonds without adequate fluid intake could cause gastrointestinal distress. Thus, it is important to stay hydrated.

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The skin of almonds contains probiotic components that aid in digestion and healthy bacterial growth within the gut flora. A 2014 study conducted by the Institute of Food Science and Technology in China found that supplementation of 56 grams of almonds to women for over a period of eight weeks, significantly improved the number of healthy bacteria (Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus) in their gut.

Almond Energy Bar

Ingredients
  • Rolled oats - 2 cups
  • Raw almonds - 1/2 cup
  • Raisins - 1/4 cup
  • Dried cranberries - 1/4 cup
  • Dried dates - 1/4 cup
  • Dried fig - 1/4 cup
  • Sunflower seeds - 1/4 cup
  • Flax seeds - 1/4 cup
  • Almond butter - 1 cup
  • Honey - 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
Preparation Method
  • Take a large bowl, combine oats, chopped almonds, raisins, cranberries, dates, fig, sunflower seeds, and flaxseeds.
  • Combine almond butter, honey, vanilla extract and mix well. Heat in the microwave on high for one minute.
  • Add it to the oat mixture and stir well.
  • Grease the baking tray and preheat the oven to 350°F. Pour the mixture into the baking tray and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Cool, and cut into bars.
Almond Energy Bar

Nutrition Facts for Almonds

The nutritional values of "Almonds" per 100 grams are:


Nutrition Summary
Total Calories 575
Protein 21.2 g
Fat 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 21.7 g
NutrientsAmount%Daily Value
Calcium, Ca 264 mg 26.4 %
Copper, Cu 1 mg 49.8 %
Iron, Fe 3.72  mg 20.67 %
Magnesium, Mg 268 mg 67 %
Manganese, Mn 2.28 mg 114.25 %
Phosphorus, P 484 mg 48.4 %
Potassium, K 705  mg 20.14 %
Selenium, Se 2.5 mcg 3.57 %
Sodium, Na 1 mg 0.04 %
Zinc, Zn 3.08 mg 20.53 %
Vitamin A 1  IU 0.02 %
Vitamin C 0 mg 0 %
Vitamin B6 0.14 mg 7.15 %
Vitamin E 26.22 mg 87.4 %
Vitamin K 0  mcg 0 %
Riboflavin 1.01  mg 59.65 %
Thiamin 0.21 mg 14.07 %
Folate, DFE 50  mcg 12.5 %
Niacin 3.38  mg 16.92 %
Sugars 3.89 g
Fiber 12.2  g 48.8 %
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Water 4.7 g
Carotene, alpha 0 mcg
Carotene, beta 1  mcg
Choline 52.1 mg
Lycopene 0  mcg
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Data source: USDA Nutrient Database, R25
*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

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