They can be eaten flaked, sliced, as butter, oil, flour or as almond milk. Crushed or flaked almonds are very commonly used as a garnish in various dishes. Children are encouraged to take 4-5 almonds every day. In many Indian households, it is a very common practice to soak the almonds over night and they are included in the breakfast as an essential item. Let’s have a look at their various health benefits.
Eating almonds on an empty stomach helps to speed up the absorption of nutrients.
- Almonds contain phosphorus, which helps to build strong teeth and bones. Not only do they increase the durability of bones, they also decrease the risk of the progressive bone disease – Osteoporosis.
- Consuming almonds five times a week helps to reduce the risk of a heart attack. They improve the levels of blood lipids and reduce the effect of C-reactive proteins, which can cause inflammation in the arteries and damage them. They are rich in magnesium and Vitamin E, which are helpful in reducing the risk of heart attack.
- Almonds are very good for the human brain, since they contain L-carnitine and riboflavin, which increase the brain activity. These nutrients are beneficial to the functioning of the nervous system.
- They also lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good cholesterol (HDL) in the body. The vitamin E in helps to prevent cell damage, which in turn, helps to prevent clogging of arteries due to cholesterol.