Our grandmothers and grandfathers always tell us to eat almonds. Ever wondered why?
It is because they are packed with minerals and vitamin E, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and zinc. They are very beneficial for our health in general.
You should soak almonds before consuming them
Because dry almonds contain an enzyme inhibitor in their skin, which protects the seed. The process of soaking almonds in water, releases this enzyme inhibitor. Also, pre-soaked almonds are way easier to digest and they provide more nutrients. Most seeds and nuts have better nutritional values and are easier to digest when they are previously soaked in water.
Health benefits that soaked almonds provide:
Increased energy levels
Just a handful of almonds a day will get your energy levels up. They are rich in copper, riboflavin and manganese, which improve your metabolic rate and energy production.
Almonds are good for the heart because they contain potassium, protein and mono-unsaturated fats. Also, they contain vitamin E, which can reduce the risk of dangerous heart diseases. Magnesium on the other hand, prevents heart attacks. Almonds also posses the ability to reduce inflammation that can damage your arteries.
Good for your brain
Almonds contain a number of healthy nutrients that are essential for the proper development of your brain. They contain L-carnitine and riboflavin, which increase the activity of your brain that creates new neural pathways, and this greatly decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Bones and general bone health, benefit from good amount of minerals, phosphorous and vitamins. Phosphorous strengthens your teeth and bones and also effectively prevents osteoporosis.
Regulates blood pressure
The reason why almonds can regulate blood pressure, is because of the potassium that they contain. Fluctuating blood pressure levels are controlled by the low sodium contents.
Almonds are proven to reduce the risk of colon cancer. They prevent the buildup in the colon and improve the movement of the food through the colon.