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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Almonds and its Benefits for Health

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Almond was not only delicious eaten with ice cream or cookie dough mix. In various studies have shown that almond or its Latin name Prunus dulcis has many health benefits.

Almond is a plant that originated from the Middle East, but now is planted in many countries, including the United States, Spain, Syriac, Italy, Iran, Morocco, Turkey, and China. Almond is actually not a nut, but a drupe consisting of the outer skin is covered with a hard shell.

Almonds can be consumed directly, and also to be processed. Sliced of almonds can be added to ice cream, chocolate, or cake. Almonds can also be made into "almond milk", especially designed for people who have lactose intolerance and vegetarian.

The content of nutrients in almonds
Almonds is pretty nutritious. Almonds containing 26% carbohydrate (12% dietary fiber, 6.3% glucose, and 0.7% starch). Besides almonds are rich in vitamin E, which is 24 mg per 100 grams. Almond also has a lot of unsaturated fatty acid content, which can lower LDL cholesterol. Other nutrients found in almonds are vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.

Almonds contain 49% oil, which is composed of 62% omega-9 fatty acids, 24% omega-6 fatty acid, and 6% palmitic acid. There is also an Oleum amigdalae - a kind of oil obtained from almonds - which belong to glyceryl oleate. This oil has a mild aroma and taste nuts, alcohol-insoluble, but readily soluble in chloroform or ether.

The health benefits of almond
Almond is claimed have the benefits of accelerating the movement of food in the colon, and prevents colon cancer. Several recent studies linking the almonds with a decrease in LDL cholesterol. Almond also has anti-inflammatory, strengthens the immune system and protects our heart.

Others benefits of almonds

1. Increase blood flow
in many studies say almonds contain vitamin E, unsaturated fats, magnesium, and antioxidants that help in increasing blood flow. Regularly consume almonds also help the health of your liver.

2. good for people with heart disease
a study by Mayo Clinik, almonds is believed to lower LDL cholesterol by 12 percent.

3. Slimming the body
a study published in the International Journal of Obesity revealed, consume a handful of almonds a day, along with a healthy diet, can help burn fat as much as 18 percent compared to those who just restrict the daily menu.

4. Natural moisturizer
pure oil produced by almonds are a natural moisturizer that keeps skin from dryness. This almonds oil naturally provides food and restore the dead skin cells.

5. Strengthen hair
almonds oil also contained the potent role in treating hair loss and promote hair growth.

Although it has many benefits, but for some people almonds can lead to allergies whose symptoms vary from local symptoms (eg contact urticaria) to systemic symptoms (eg, angioedema, urticaria, or also in abdominal discomfort / respiratory). so make sure you or your family are not allergic to almonds before eating.

2 comments:

Danelle said...

Wow, that's a lot of information about almonds. Thanks for sharing. I did not know that they can help hair growth. Also did not know almonds were not classified as a nut. I love to eat sliced almonds on my cereal with fresh fruit.

PinoyMD said...

this is very true! almonds are not that yummy but they provide much health benefits!

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