Almond

The nutrition we get from almonds is just as powerful as what we get from walnuts as they share many properties. Monounsaturated fats, found in such nuts have beneficial effects on cardiac disease, so almonds also are great tool to maintain a strong and healthy heart.

Almonds are also far-famed for their properties to help lowering LDL cholesterol levels. It is said that part of almond that decreases the risks for heart disease might be nothing but high contents of vitamin E; whatever the reason is, there is a real link between consumption of almonds and improvement in cholesterol levels. At the Experimental Biology Conference, few years back; there were many studies regarding the benefits of almonds that reveal almonds as best source to lower LDL (also known as “bad cholesterol”), and they seem to regulate body’s absorption of both; fats and carbohydrates. This has good impacts on various health ailments such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiac diseases.

Furthermore, almonds might slower down the absorption of the carbohydrates in the body that says that almonds help creating a slower rise in blood glucose levels and hence help keeping insulin levels in normal state. Almond also has greater levels of satiety i.e. satisfaction of fullness from the food. This might be due to the high fiber contents of the almond and this greater satiety results in an overall satisfaction of appetite that can help people maintaining healthy body weight. One of the studies at Purdue University revealed that adding about 2 servings of almonds to a person’s diet does not cause them to gain weight or body fats at all, in fact, it leads them to decrease the intake of calories from other edible items. Hence, they do not consume more calories overall but maintained the same level of consumption in spite of adding almond to their diet.

The rich amounts of magnesium in almonds have very good effects on the arteries and veins and that helps improving the overall flow of nutrients through the body. The potassium found in almonds helps the body maintaining normal blood pressure and thus defends hardening of the arteries, medically known as atherosclerosis.



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