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Health Benefits of Almonds

1. Lower Cholesterol and Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Those who consume nuts especially almonds five times a week have about a 50 percent reduction in risk of heart attack according to the Loma Linda School of Public Health.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.

2. 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).

3. Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.

The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible.

4. Almond’s Healthy Fats Help You Lose Weight

Although nuts including almonds 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 such 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)
5. They nourish the nervous system and provide good brain function.

According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity. Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

6. A Protein Powerhouse

Almonds are concentrated in protein. A quarter-cup contains 7.62 grams-more protein than is provided by the typical egg, which contains 5.54 grams.

7. Almonds Surpass Whole Wheat Muffins for Improving Blood Fats

Such are the almonds health benefits that even individuals who are experiencing problems with their blood fat levels may not automatically need to shy away from high-fat food snacks like almonds. Researchers at the University of Toronto, Canada have shown that a 2.5 ounce snack of almonds each day can do a better job in lowering blood LDL and raising blood HDL than a whole wheat muffin having the same amount of fat and fibre as almonds.