The Health-Benefits of Almonds

The Nutritional Aspects of Almonds
Almonds are the most nutritious of all nuts. Experts have discovered that consuming the natural fats and nutritional elements in almonds enhances one’s health in several ways.
Cancer Prevention - Almonds are low in saturated fat and contain many other protective nutrients - calcium and magnesium - for strong bones, vitamin E and compounds called phytochemicals, which may help protect against cardiovascular disease and even cancer.
Phytochemical Power-Pack - Leading nutrition scientists presented their research findings in a symposium entitled "Nuts in a Healthful Diet", as a part of the 1998 Experimental Biology annual meeting. Dr. Gary Beecher (USDA-ARS), who has analyzed the phytochemical content of almonds, proclaimed, "I have never seen this diversity of phytochemicals in a single food source."
Reducing Heart Attack Risk - In California, where almonds are farmed, a Loma Linda School of Public Health study indicated that people who consumed nuts five times a week had a 50% reduction in the risk of heart attacks.
Lowering Cholesterol - In one clinical study, Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc., showed that adding almonds to one's diet has a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels. Nobody in the study-groups experienced weight gain.
Almonds contain rhizveritrol (or resveratrol), the anti-inflammatory agent found in red wines and thought to be responsible for the "French paradox". Many scientists have pointed to the French consumption of red wine as one factor in the lower rate of heart disease despite their diets rich in cream sauces and buttery pastries. The fat in nuts is unsaturated, otherwise known as "the good fat", and contains no cholesterol.
One ounce of almonds contains 12 percent of your daily allowance of protein, and absolutely no cholesterol. You'll also get 35 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin E, that valuable antioxidant with so many cancer-fighting qualities.
The delicious almond is loaded with minerals like magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, as well as lots of healthy fiberCalcium and folic acid abound here as well.
No wonder almonds are a perennial favourite world-wide.
20-25 almonds (approximately one ounce) contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk, a valuable tool in preventing osteoporosis.
Almonds are the best whole-food source of vitamin E, in the form of alpha-tocopherol, which may help prevent cancer.
Almonds are a great source of the folic acid which is so important to pregnant women.
Almonds contain more magnesium per unit than oatmeal or even spinach.
Build strong bones and teeth with the phosphorus in almonds.
Some naturally-occurring fats, such as those in almonds, are actually good for you. The American Heart Association has recently eased up on its recommendation that no more than 30 percent of our calories come from fat. They now say that additional fat is benign, as long as it’s unsaturated--like the good, mono-unsaturated fat found in almonds.
Almonds are rich in the vitamins and minerals that help to build a healthy heart, especially vitamin E. Almonds are cholesterol-free. A diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, but rich in the monounsaturated fat found in almonds, can help reduce heart disease.
Research conducted at Penn State University indicated that the phytochemicals in almonds inhibited tumor cell growth. A one-ounce serving of almonds provides more than 35 percent of your daily recommended dose of vitamin E. Other studies suggest that anti-oxidant vitamin E may protect against prostate and cervical cancers.
The calcium and monounsaturated fat found in almonds may lower risks of colon cancers. Almonds’ fiber content may also help protect against the disease. The folic acid in almonds may help reduce the risk of cervical cancers. Medical scientists in Finland have linked almonds to a reduction in risk of lung cancers.
~~M-J de Mesterton

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