Health Benefits of Almonds

Natural Almonds

The health benefits of almonds have been well documented. Almonds have been eaten by civilizations for thousands of years. Even in times of famine, the almond survived and supported the life of many by providing a valuable source of essential nutrients.

Energy Fields Natural Almonds have not been processed, or commercially roasted or fried. They are in fact natural, and so all the health benefits of almonds have been retained.

The Nutrients in Natural Almonds

Almonds benefits are many due to the high nutrient value of this wonderful nut. They contain

  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6
  • Biotin
  • Folic Acid
  • Amino Acids Tryptophan, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Isoleucine, Valine and Threonine (These are essential building blocks of protein)

The Health Benefits of Almonds

Heart Health

Almonds are important for the maintenance of a healthy heart.

They contain monounsaturated fats known to lower LDL cholesterol levels, as well as the antioxiant Vitamin E, which promotes cardiovascular health and has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.

They are rich in the minerals magnesium and potassium, which are essential for circulation and the maintenance of heart function.

Magnesium relaxes veins and arteries which improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.

Potassium is involved in nerve transmission and contraction of muscles including the heart. it is essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.

Calcium also helps with proper functioning of the heart and plays a role in maintaining normal blood pressure.

Powerful Antioxidant

Almonds health gains are also due to the fact that they are a powerful antioxidant food. They contain Vitamin E, but they also have flavonoids in their skin. These flavonoids in combination with the Vitamin E, more than double the antioxidant potency either delivers on their own.

These antioxidants, help defend against free radicals in your body, caused by improper diet, pollution etc and play a part in premature aging and many degenerative diseases.

Weight Control and Blood Sugar Levels

Almonds have been found to reduce the glycaemic index of a meal. When they are eaten with a high glycaemic food such as white bread, they lessen the rise in blood sugar after eating and help to keep blood sugar levels stable. A handful of almonds eaten with an apple as an afternoon snack will keep your energy levels up, and help to prevent that afternoon "slump".

Although almonds contain fat, it is good fat, and studies have found that people who eat nuts at least twice a week are less likely to gain weight than those who never eat nuts.

Magnesium

As mentioned earlier, Energy Fields Natural Almonds are an excellent source of magnesium. This promotes an alkaline effect in the body, which is beneficial.

Some say that 75% of the diet should be filled with alkaline foods, and that many illnesses are caused or made worse by an acid/alkaline imbalance.

Almonds are the most alkaline of all the nuts. When eaten regularly, one handful per day is a great way to help with proper nerve functioning, nerve transmission and healthy muscle and gland function.

It's also important to note that alcohol and cigarettes deplete magnesium reserves in the body.

Calcium

Almonds are the highest nut source of calcium, which we all know is an essential nutrient that we all require.

Calcium helps to build strong bones, teeth and muscles, promotes a healthy nervous system and also has a calming effect on the nervous sytem.

Calcium also helps with proper functioning of the heart, plays a role in maintaining normal blood pressure and regulating blood clotting.

It can also help with controlling food cravings, decreasing mood swings and the pain, tenderness and bloating associated with premenstrual symptoms.

Phosphorus

The almond provides a good balance of the mineral phosphorus, which is essential for mental ability, as well as the digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.

Vitamin E

Energy Fields Natural Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, which is also essential for the health of the heart and muscles and for effective blood circulation.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and promotes the life of body cells, and repair of damaged skin tissue.

Vitamin B

B group vitamins are found in almonds, especially Niacin, Vitamin B3, which is important for healthy skin, hair and nerves.

B vitamins are essential for the nervous system, help to control stress levels, help to support adrenal function and metabolic processes in the body.

Protein

Almonds are a good source of protein, with over 18% complete protein. When eaten with brazil and cashew nuts, this protein availability increases.

Another excellent protein combination is natural almonds with tahini. Mix together 100g of crushed natural almonds with 1/2 cup of tahini. This can be used on toast, in dips or even in salad dressings to increase the health benefits of almonds.


Energy Fields Natural Almonds are also found in our Natural Muesli with Apricot and Almond and our Really Fruity Muesli.


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