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Apr 21, 2014

Health Benefits of Almonds

#ayurvedafact: Almonds if eaten without soaking, they can aggravate Pitta in the blood. The best way to prepare them is to soak them overnight and peel the skin off in the morning. Then you can blend them with dates and raisins, which also reduce Pitta aggravation in the blood. Eat up to 10 almonds in the morning and evening.

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Almonds are a simple, convenient and delicious snack. It is one of the richest sources of health promoting compounds among nuts. Just a hand full of almonds will provide you with quite a bit of the daily recommended levels of vitamins, mineral and other nutrients. They have been cultivated for thousands of years and now in recent times reseach has shown that almonds possess a range of health benefits.

Here are some health benefits of almonds which you can reap by adding these wonderful nuts to your diet:
  • They are rich source of vitamin, minerals and fiber, also they are packed with phyto-chemicals which protect the body against cancers and a range of diseases.
  • The Vitamin E and the flavonoids found in the skin of the nut work together and protect the health of the artery walls. This in turn reduces the chances of developing heart diseases. Also vitamin E has the ability to maintain healthy mucus membrane and also protect the cell membranes.
  • The nuts provide the body with important B-complex groups of vitamins which includes niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic, vitamin B-6 and folates.
  • It also has the ability to reduce the blood cholesterol levels. Research has shown that consuming this nut regularly has the ability to reduce the risk of heart attacks to a great extent.
  • They also provide us with essential minerals as they are an incredible source of potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, selenium and calcium.
  • The phosphorus in the almonds has the ability to make bones and teeth stronger.
  • They also help you alkalize the body your body which is reduces the risk of osteoporosis, weight gain, low energy and poor immune function.

Ayurveda recommends sweet almonds instead of bitter ones. Because of their sweet and warming quality, they are best for pacifying Vata dosha. They lubricate the skin and the micro-circulatory channels and support all the seven dhatus (tissues), especially Shukra dhatu (reproductive tissue). Almonds are also good for Pitta, but people with Kapha imbalance should eat them in small quantities. Due to their heavy quality, you need a strong agni, or digestive fire, to metabolize them. If your agni is low, strengthen it first before you take almonds. The only people who should not consume almonds are those with high Pitta in the blood. An ayurvedic consultant can determine whether you have this condition and how to balance it.

Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is the best massage oil for Vata people, or those with a Vata imbalance. As almonds balance Vata when you eat them, almond oil pacifies Vata when applied externally. It penetrates the skin easily and nourishes the deeper layers.

Recommended Product: Khadi Sweet Almond Oil

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