Everyone has their favorite and nuts have significant health benefits for all ages, so let’s talk about almonds
A small handful of almonds gives you almost 25% percent of your daily needs for magnesium, and more bone-strengthening calcium as an equal amount of cow milk!
Almonds are also high in many antioxidants, such as vitamin E and selenium. Studies show that almonds may play and important role in preventing colon cancer due to their high fiber content. Almonds also help us to actually lower negative forms of cholesterol in the blood stream.
When you can eat almonds in the raw, preferably eat it on an empty stomach to ensure absorption of their nutrients. You can soak them in water overnight and eat in the morning. Some parents prefer to do this for their children- just a few soaked almonds are good enough, as almonds are a source of many nutrients which help in the development of the brain.
And what about the heart
Mono-saturated fat, protein and potassium contained in almonds are good for the heart. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and reduces the risk of heart diseases. The presence of magnesium in almonds helps to avoid heart attacks. Almonds help reduce C-reactive protein which causes artery-damaging inflammation. Almond is also a source of folic acid. They therefore help to reduce the level of homocystein, which causes fatty plaque buildup in arteries.
After all, isn’t it good to be young at heart!