Almond Benefits

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Almonds are one of the most popular nuts, with numerous health benefits. Almonds or Prunus dulcis, was primarily native to the Mediterranean region, Middle-East, Turkey and South-East Asian countries. The fruit of the tree is often consumed raw, toasted, or in the form of almond milk.

Research has indicated that this fruit raises the High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) levels and reduces the LDL-Cholesterol levels. It’s a fantastic source of B-complex vitamins and dietary fiber. The various health benefits of this fruit are described below.

Useful in:

Antioxidants | Anti-aging | Diabetes II | Cardiovascular disorders | High Blood Pressure | High blood levels | Obesity | Girls health | Skin | energy | Gallstones |

This helps:

Almonds, like all other nuts, are low in carbohydrates and high in good fats, proteins, fiber and essential micronutrients. Almonds contain substantial quantities of magnesium, which is seen to be very low in all diabetics. Magnesium is an important mineral which helps in maintaining the glucose levels in the body, improves the function of insulin along with helping in several body processes.

Almonds are extremely valuable in preventing several heart diseases. The calcium in almonds reduces high blood pressure. Almonds help to lower the LDL cholesterol levels and raise the HDL cholesterol levels. They also prevent oxidation of LDL, which is a really important step in preventing plaque formation in the blood vessels.

Obesity:

Some reports suggest that an almond-containing low-calorie diet, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, helps in lowering the weight faster than a diet high in complex carbohydrates. Individuals who eat nuts twice per week are also less likely to gain weight

Power – 2,408 kJ (576 kcal)

Fat- 49.42 g

Saturated- 3.731 g

Monounsaturated- 30.889 g

Carbohydrates- 21.69 gram

Starch- 0.74 g

Sugars- 3.89 g

Dietary fiber- 12.2 gram

Protein- 21.22 g

Water- 4.70 g

Vitamins

Vitamin A equiv.

Choline- 52.1 mg

Vitamin E- 26.2 mg

Niacin (B3)- 3.385 mg

Riboflavin (B2)- 1.014 mg

Pantothenic acid (B5)- 0.469 mg

Thiamine (B1)- 0.211 mg

Vitamin B6- 0.143 mg

Folate (B9)- 50 μg

Beta-carotene- 1 μg

Lutein zeaxanthin- 1 μg

Vitamin A- 1 IU

Minerals

Potassium- 705 mg

Phosphorus- 484 mg

Magnesium- 268 mg

Calcium- 264 mg

Iron- 3.72 mg

Zinc- 3.08 mg

Manganese- 2.285 mg

Sodium- 1 mg

Source: USDA Nutrient Database No. 28

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