Almonds are the native fruit of Middle East, Indian subcontinent and Africa. But it is eaten across the world for the various health benefits it offers. Almonds are loaded with healthy nutrients, vitamins and, minerals which are required by our body. Eating almonds everyday is very beneficial for your health, skin and hair. It helps you deal with various health issues including brain function, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, inflammation, skin and hair related issues.
Today in this post, we are going to learn about the various benefits of eating almonds everyday. We will also learn about how to eat almonds for maximum benefits and how to select the best quality almonds.
Almonds are highly nutritious and beneficial for health
Almond is extremely rich in healthy nutrients and vitamins which improves brain functioning, memory and increases your longevity. It also contains important minerals like manganese, calcium, iron, phosphorous and zinc. Almonds are also high in monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats which help in reducing bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol)
According to USDA a handful of almonds contain:
Fat: 14 grams
Fiber: 3.5 grams
Protein: 6 grams
Vitamin E: 37%
Almonds are rich in antioxidants, so they can prevent the cells from oxidative damage and stress.
Vitamin E present in the almonds prevents cell damage and also carcinogenic cell multiplication. Eating overnight soaked almonds everyday can make you look younger than your actual age.
Surprising benefits of eating almonds everyday
The high nutritional value of almonds has made it a prominent natural source to cure many of the diseases. The usage of almonds can be traced back in the days of Indian civilizations and Ayurveda.
Almonds can cure many diseases naturally, and we are going to look at some of the amazing benefits of eating almonds everyday.
Prevent heart diseases and heart attacks
Cardiovascular diseases like strokes, heart attacks, heart blockages occur when the arteries and the blood vessels are damaged. The heart has to work harder for blood circulation; this is when the fatal diseases occur. Almonds prevents any arteries from damage, it also prevents plaque formation. It ensures a better heart health. Almonds also contain 4.70 gram of water, this can prevent the body from dehydration. Almonds help in better circulation of blood in the body.
Diabetes occurs when the level of glucose is high in blood, and the insulin production is low. Pancreas is responsible for production of insulin; insulin can help in reduction of glucose levels in the blood. Almond slows down the formation of glucose absorption in the blood, and also enhances the insulin production.
If you have a family history of diabetes, then start eating almonds from today because it will help you prevent diabetes. The best way to eat almonds is to soak it overnight and then eat it the next morning.
The dark brown skins of the almonds contain pro-biotic components which help in bile juice formation, detoxification and faster digestion. Studies suggest that almonds improve the digestive system by enhancing the bacterial activities in the intestines.
When you eat almonds, the pre-biotic activities are fastened, which are the precursors of pro-biotic. Human bodies need good bacteria for proper functioning of the organs. And eating almonds help in the production of good bacteria like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
In the year 2014, the Institute of Food Science and Technology in China found out that almonds are responsible for the growth of good bacteria and thus help in better digestion.
Almonds are rich source of minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorous and manganese. These minerals are essential for proper bone development and thus eating almonds regularly can make your bone stronger.
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals needed by the body. Many of the body functions like muscular movements and digestion is affected by the deficiency of magnesium.
With advanced age, your body and bone will become comparatively weaker. If you start eating almonds daily, then it will strengthen your bones and teeth.
Helps reduce bad cholesterol
Almonds are rich in phytosterols like beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, campesterol, sitostanol, and campestanol, which help in lowering cholesterol. LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol is harmful for the body. It can cause thyroid, sugar, heart problems, high blood pressure etc.
Often, high cholesterol leads to greater risks of cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks, strokes and brain hemorrhage.
If you are ageing, eating a few almonds everyday can be seriously beneficial for your heart and overall health.
Helps lose weight
Almonds are healthy nuts which can make you feel fuller for longer hours. You will not feel hungry for long hours. Almonds also increases metabolism, the body will work faster to burn the calories, and fat cells will not get accumulated in your muscles.
If you seriously want to reduce your weight, then eating a few almonds everyday, followed by regular cardio exercises will be highly beneficial. You may either have a few almonds before going out for workout or post workout to get instant energy.
Almonds are very beneficial for hair too
Almonds are rich in Vitamin D and magnesium which helps in hair growth. Not sure if you have noted, but there are many hair oil brands that uses almonds. Almonds oil is considered to be the best for hair growth and I have experienced this myself.
Listed below are some of the most surprising benefits of almonds for hair.
Prevent hair fall
Almonds are rich in Vitamin A, D, B2 and B6 which helps in strengthening the hair follicles. The hair follicles often become weak and loose due to the dandruff, excessive oil and pollution. The almond can make the hair follicles strong, thus preventing hair fall.
Promote hair growth
Deficiency of magnesium in the body may be responsible for hair fall. Almonds are rich source of magnesium, so eating almonds everyday may fulfill the daily need of magnesium in your body.
You can also apply almond oil on hair and it works equally. If you want to enjoy thick shiny strands of hair, then eating almonds and applying almonds oil on your hair will certainly be beneficial.
Treat scalp inflammation
Heavy dirt, pollution, stress, bad lifestyle, unhealthy diets, frequent application of harmful chemical products like hair gel and hair colour can take a toll on your hair quality.
Your scalp may suffer from inflammation, and hair follicles may get weaker. The almond oil will penetrate in to the scalp and treat the inflammation from within.
Get rid of frizzy hair
If you are tired of frizzy hair, then the almond oil is the solution. The almond oil is rich in Vitamin E, it will condition the hair follicles, without giving any greasy feel. Almond oil is dry in nature and not at all sticky.
Benefits of almonds for skin
There are a number of benefits of eating almonds everyday, but did you know that you can use almonds and almond oil to make various types of mask and face packs to cure common skin issues?
Here are some of the quick and simple tricks to use almonds on skin, to get rid of common skin problems.
Helps remove dark circle
Almonds and almond oil can cure dark circles. Make a paste of soaked almonds, or apply some almond oil near your eyes. Keep it overnight, and wash off next morning.
Almonds can make you look younger. Make a thick paste or face mask with almonds, lemon and honey. Apply it and after 30 minutes, wash off with clear water.
Exfoliation of skin
Almonds can be used for exfoliation of skin. Almond, mixed with honey and yogurt can be a great to remove the impurities and the dead skin cells.
Get rid of skin dryness
If your skin is dry and becoming white, then the almond oil can come in handy. The almond oil is light, non sticky and can be absorbed easily by the skin. Pour a few drops of the oil and massage well on your skin.
Treat acne and blemishes
Be it acne, blackheads or whiteheads, almonds can cure all the skin problems. The essential fatty acids present in the almonds can control the secretions of the oil from the sweat glands.
If the secretion of oil is reduced, then the skin pores will be absent, dirt and pollution cannot enter the skin, and all the above mentioned skin problems can be cured and prevented.
How to eat almonds for maximum benefits
Almonds are nuts, you can munch a handful of them at anytime of the day. You can add almonds in your oatmeal during breakfast. You can add them in desserts like sweets, or custard.
But the best way to eat almonds is to soak it overnight and then eat it next morning. When you soak the almonds, it become softer and thus it becomes easy for our body to digest and absorb all the benefits it offers.
The brown skin of the almonds contains highest percentages of antioxidants, so it is better to have the almonds with intact skin.
Do not buy the processed almonds; rather go for the natural types where there are the even brown skins with no marks. The skin is smooth and the nuts feel heavy.
You should always store the almonds in air tight containers and in cool dark place.
If you have made the almond paste or mask, then make sure to store the same in refrigerator. But, always ensure that containers are air tight.
Over to you
Be it your high blood pressure, or obesity or hair and skin problems, the almonds can the answer of many of your body related problems. It can help prevent various health problems like
- Weak bones and teeth
- Hair fall
You can eat them raw, mix them in desserts and other foods, or make a paste.
You can eat them raw, mix them in desserts and other foods, or make a paste. Almonds are tasty and there are a number of benefits of eating almonds everyday.
If you have not included it in your diet, then maybe it’s the right time to consider including it in your daily nuts intake.
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.