Almonds and Their Benefits – A Brief Guide
Almonds are cholesterol-free and provide high quality, highly absorbable protein, monounsaturated fat and dietary fiber. They are also an important source of Vitamin E in the form of alpha-tocopherol, and are rich in magnesium, calcium and potassium.
They also contain manganese and phosphorus. There are two types of almond: sweet and bitter.
For the sweet almond, again, there are two types: the thin and thick-skinned. The best almonds for consumption are the thin-skin types (but arthritis sufferers and those on medication for diabetes are cautioned against taking sweet almonds).
Bitter almonds, on the other hand, are poisonous. Even though they can’t be eaten, bitter almonds are important for their commercial value: they’re made into almond oil, perfume and cosmetics.
High-calorie almonds should not be taken directly after meals, but instead be taken with bulky raw vegetables and fruits. Almond skins contain irritating properties so they should always be removed before use by soaking them in water for one to two hours.
Benefits of Almonds:-
|1||Anemia||Almonds contain copper in organic form in the range of 1.15mg per 100 gram. Copper with iron and vitamins in almonds act as a catalyst for the formation of new blood cells.|
|2||Bone health||Almonds provide calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus – minerals that contribute towards bone mineral density.|
|3||Cholesterol||The monounsaturated fat in almonds has been related to maintaining healthy levels of HDL cholesterol while reducing total and LDL cholesterol. Some research shows that just one ounce a day can have this potential effect.|
|4||Constipation||Eating 11-15 almonds during the night will cleanse the stomach by the next morning. For those who experience stomach pains frequently, drink 7gms of almond oil with warm milk.|
|5||Deafness||Mix in equal parts garlic juice, sweet almond oil and glycerin, and use as ear drop.|
|6||Allergy to cow’s milk||Pound almonds until they form into powder. Mix with water and a little sugar to drink.|
|7||Eczema||Sweet Almond Oil is especially good for eczema. It absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it soft and non greasy. Excellent for making massage oils, or any remedy that calls for a vegetable carrier oil. Helps relieve itching, soreness, dryness and inflammation. Useful against burns and thread veins. Almond oil goes rancid quickly, so blends made with it must be used quickly.|