Almonds make a sweet, tasty addition to your diet and provide a variety of health benefits. Almonds grow on trees native to the Mediterranean, Northern Africa and Southern Europe. Almond trees thrive in sunny dry and warm climates and were introduced to California from Spain in the 1700's by Franciscan Monks. California is the only US state that produces almonds commercially and produces over 2.2 billion pounds each year.
Health Benefits Of Almonds
- Packed With Nutrients - Almonds are rich in vitamin E, vital for the formation of muscles, red blood cells, and tissues. Almonds also provide dietary fiber, B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Fiber can help reduce your appetite by increasing food volume without increasing calories. Fiber helps maintain a steady blood sugar level by absorbing water during digestion which slows the emptying of your stomach and delays adsorption of glucose.
- Provides Trace Minerals - Almonds are a rich source of phosphorus, vital for strong bones and skeletal structure, teeth, and healthy gums. The potassium found in almonds is helpful in preventing strokes, stabilizing blood sugar levels, preventing muscle cramps, aiding with memory and learning, balancing blood pressure and fluid levels, and acts as a vital electrolyte. Zinc from almonds supports muscle health and growth.
- Supports Heart Health - Enjoying a handful of almonds regularly can reduce your risk of heart attack by up to 50%. Almonds contain folic acid which helps fight fatty plaque that builds up in your arteries. Vitamin E, found in almonds, acts as a powerful antioxidant that protects your body’s cells from free radical damage and assists in the formation of red blood cells.
- Prevents Constipation - Almonds are rich in fiber which aids digestion and supports proper bowel movement which in turn aids to clear your intestines. If you eat almonds specifically as a digestive aid and to prevent constipation, it is wise to increase your water intake as well.
- Prevents Birth Defects - Almonds are rich in folic acid and when consumed by pregnant mothers, they help reduce the incidence of birth defects in newborns. Folic acid supports cell growth and ensures the healthy development of the fetus.
- Supports Healthy Brain Function - Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine which are naturally occurring amino acids that boost brain activity and can also reduce the risk of age related dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
- Supports Healthy Weight Loss - The California Almond Board states that eating approximately 23 almonds, will provide only 160 calories from 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, both of which help to make you feel full sooner and will help maintain that full feeling for up to three hours. Additionally, a 2007 Spanish research study found that people who ate nuts at least twice a week were 30% less likely to gain weight than people who never eat nuts!
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