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Health Benefits of Almonds

Almonds are often cited as one of people’s favourite nuts, second only to peanuts in terms of global consumption. There’s good reason to believe therefore that if you buy almonds online in bulk, that you can expect a good return when selling. They’re not just among the most versatile nuts, as well as the most flavoursome and satisfying to eat, but they also boast a number of health benefits which if promoted rightly can help them fly off the shelves.

1. Nutrient Value

Almonds are particularly rich in protein --- typically 6 grams in a 28-gram serving ---, as well as vitamin E and manganese, both of which one can get more than 30 percent of the recommended daily intake from just 1 serving of almonds. They can also garner 20 percent of their magnesium. Of the 14 grams of fat that you’d find in a single serving, 9 of them are monounsaturated, and on top of that there’s an extra 3.5 grams of essential fiber, as well as vitamin B2, copper and phosphorus.

Overall, they’re a great source of key nutrients in one easy-to-eat snack.

2. Antioxidant Content

Antioxidants are a key weapon in the fight against oxidative stress which damages your cells and contributes to aging, inflammation and even serious life-threatening illnesses like cancer. The brown skin on the almond is a great source of antioxidants, and they’re notably powerful ones, too.

Clinical trials have shown that 84 grams of almonds could reduce oxidative stress markers in male smokers by as much as 34 percent over a month-long period. That makes them a great complement to mealtimes and snack times for a huge range of people who are vulnerable to certain health conditions.

3. Benefits for Skin

Studies among women have also demonstrated that after 16 weeks of regular almond consumption when compared with those who didn’t partake delivered significantly decreased severity in wrinkles and width. Those who are looking for any and all assistance in keeping their skin looking young and radiant will find an effective ally, therefore, in the humble almond.

4. Easy to Incorporate into Diet

Besides just eating them directly, almonds can also be consumed via almond butter and almond milk, not to mention used in smoothies, or crushed up and put into granola, trail mix or on top of oatmeal, salads and other dishes. You can even throw them in the pan with your stir-fried veggies for some extra crunch. In other words, it’s amazingly easy to incorporate almonds and their many benefits into one’s diet.

5. Effect on Cholesterol

Cholesterol levels are another key area of concern for many in Australia. We like our meat and fatty foods, but when lipoprotein cholesterol levels get too high, we run the risk of developing heart disease and other problems. Almonds contain mono- and polyunsaturated fats which are known to be able to help lower this particular type of cholesterol. Almonds can also work to increase high-density lipoprotein, which is “good cholesterol” that can also help lower the risk of heart disease.

6. Lower Blood Pressure

Finally, almonds have been shown to help lower systolic blood pressure because of the way that they help blood vessels to dilate. It’s not some kind of natural miracle pill, but as part of your diet, almonds can be a key ingredient in bringing down blood pressure, and that in itself is another key way to combat the risk of heart disease. It’s best done in conjunction with a balanced overall diet and a good exercise regimen. Together they make a potent combination.

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