Lower Your Cholesterol
Almonds helps raise HDL cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol, levels, and also reduces LDL cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, levels.
Regulate Your Blood Pressure
Almonds are high in potassium and low in sodium, both are factors that regulate blood pressure.
The fibre in almonds has a detoxifying effect. This fibre allows food to move through the digestive system more efficiently, cleansing the system and preventing colon cancer.
Protect Against Diabetes
Almonds also have a stabilizing effect on sugar and insulin levels after meals, offering protection from diabetes.
Lose Weight with Nuts
Almonds aid in weight loss due to their nutrient density. Nutrient rich almonds have the effect of making you feel full and nourished, and therefore are less likely to have cravings and over eat
Boost Your Energy
Almonds are rich in manganese, riboflavin, and copper, all of which aid in energy production.
Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease
Almonds contain a high level of monounsaturated fat, the same heart-healthy fat as olive oil. VitaminE, also found in almonds, is an antioxidant that is very effective in reducing the risk of heart disease. Almonds are also high in magnesium, which improves flood flow and the movement of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
Prevent Birth Defects
Almonds contain folic acid, a proven defence against birth defects. Folic acid plays a big role in healthy cell grown and tissue formation, and therefore is very important for the healthy growth of the fetus.
Neural tube defects (NTDs), including spina bifida and anencephaly, are conditions where the neural tube is either not properly formed or is partially missing. Women who take folic acid prior to and during their pregnancies are less likely to give birth to babies with NTDs.
Improve Your Brainpower
Almonds contain phenylalanine, a brain-boosting chemical that aids healthy development of our cognitive functions.
– 1 cup almonds (soaked overnight in water)
– 1 tablespoon agave nectar ( you can buy at health food store)
– 6-8 drops of almond extract
– 4 cups of water
Drop almonds in blender and add 1 cup of water to start mixing, add salt, agave nectar and almond extract. Mix well.
Add water 1cup at a time until you have added the remaining 3 cups.
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