The Many Benefits of Almonds
The Paleo Bread, Almond, is a great way to enjoy a healthy meal or snack with added flavor and there are many health benefits associated with the use of almonds. Here are just a few:
Good for brain: Almonds contain many nutrients that which help in development of the brain and has been considered an essential food item for growing children.
Assists in regulating cholesterol levels: Consuming almonds on a regular basis helps to increase levels of high density lipoproteins (HDL) and reduce the level of low density lipoproteins (LDL). LDL is the bad, artery clogging cholestrol we need to watch.
Good for the heart: The mono-saturated fat, protein, and potassium contained in almonds are good for the heart. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and helps reduce the risk of heart disease. The presence of magnesium in almonds helps to avoid heart attacks. Almonds help reduce C-reactive protein which causes artery-damaging inflammation. Almonds contain folic acid, which is believed to reduce levels of homocystein, the amino acid thought to contribute to the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries.
Skin care: Almonds contain over 100% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin E, that precious antioxidant that not only is a cancer fighter but also are a skin powerhouse containing flavanoids, the same as that found in wine, tea, fruits, and vegetables; all fighting to combat free radicals and keep skin supple and youthful looking. The magnesium content helps increase the oxygen flow in our bodies, also important for a youthful glow.
Regulates blood pressure: Potassium present in almond helps to regulates blood pressure. Almonds are very low in sodium which also helps in containing blood pressure.
Prevention of cancer: Almond improves the movement of food through the colon, thereby preventing colon cancer. Again, the high Vitamin E content also is a cancer fighter.
Protection against diabetes: Almonds also help in reducing the rise in sugar and insulin levels after meals. This offers protection from diabetes.
Good in pregnancy: Almond contains folic acid. Folic acid helps to reduce the incidence of birth defects in newborn babies.
Weight loss: Because almonds contain mono-saturated fats, it helps us to feel full longer without the health risks of unhealthy fats, or worry about our waistline. Studies have revealed that low calorie, almond rich diets are good for obese people assisting to shed their weight.
High In Fiber: Almonds are rich in fiber. Like most other fiber rich food, almonds also help in preventing constipation. Make sure you drink good amount of water after eating almonds.
Boosts energy: The presence of manganese, copper and Riboflavin (folate) helps in energy production. Almonds are great both before and after working out, and that mid-afternoon slump!
Diabetic friendly: Almonds assist in controlling diabetes, by lowering blood sugar after meals.
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