Weightloss and Superfoods: Almonds

Jul 26

Weightloss and Superfoods: Almonds

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Back in the right direction! Let’s see how long this lasts. One of the things I’m realizing is that I probably don’t eat enough -which is a little strange to say. I do believe in intermittent fasting – but maximum two days a week. With my job at Gymboree I find the days I work I don’t eat until dinner simply because there’s no time to eat at work. I’m also pretty sporadic when I’m not a Gymboree because I’m so busy with other tasks. I need to get into a routine here that works.

Ok, with that out of the way, let’s take a look at this week’s superfood:  Almonds!

Again, I love almonds.  They are part of my everyday.  They say you should eat about 23 almonds a day. Works for me!

I can’t list benefits any more clearly than what was listed on the Life Mojo site, so I’ll simply paste it below:

  1. Keeps the Heart healthy: A study showed those who consumed nuts five times a week had a 50% reduction in risk of heart attack. Huge amounts of vitamin E found in these nuts acts as an antioxidant and reduces the risk of heart diseases. Almonds also help reduce C-reactive protein (CRP) which causes artery-damaging inflammation.
  2. Reduces bad cholesterol: Almonds are a good source of monounsaturated fats and some polyunsaturated fats which help to lower the low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol). A handful of almonds every day can lower your bad cholesterol level by 8 to 12 percent.
  3. Improves blood circulation: Almonds are high in potassium and low in sodium, both are factors that regulate blood pressure. The high level of magnesium in almonds has a very positive effect on our arteries and veins and helps to improve the overall flow of nutrients through our bodies. It also contains iron, which helps carry oxygen to all of the body’s cells and organs.
  4. Strengthen our bones: They are a very good source of calcium which prevents osteoporosis and strengthens the bones, teeth and muscles. It also provides other nutrients that help to increase the bone mineral density, which helps to strengthen the skeletal system.
  5. Helps you lose weight: Almonds have high fiber content, protein and the good type of fat which satisfies your appetite very soon therefore you are less likely to have cravings and overeat. Studies have revealed that almond rich low calorie diet is good for obese people to assist in shedding their weight.
  6. Good for diabetic people: They are a low glycemic index (GI) food. When eaten with a high GI food, it helps in reducing the rise in sugar and insulin levels after meals.
  7. Reduces the risk of Cancer: Being high in natural fiber, it improves the movement of food through the colon, thereby preventing colon cancer. It is an excellent source of vitamin E, phytochemicals and flavonoids which suppress the growth of breast cancer cells. It is also rich source of boron which helps to prevent prostate cancer.
  8. Prevents Gallstones: People eating at least 5 almonds a day have a 25% lower risk of developing gallstones, a study confirms. Almond oil also possesses laxative properties and helps to produce soft stools and avoid any constipation.
  9. Good for hair: A massage of Almond oil mixed with Indian gooseberry (amla) juice can prevent hair loss. It also prevents graying and thinning of hair. It also helps if you have dandruff.
  10. Good for skin: An almond face pack prevents dry skin, pimples and black heads and is a good long term cure for acne. It also improves skin complexion and premature aging. It nourishes the skin making it smooth and soft.
  11. Energy booster: Nutrients present in almonds like Protein, Manganese, Copper & Riboflavin are all used to generate energy in our body. An almond chocolate or an energy bar is something must if you are always on the move.
  12. Good for brain power: Almond is a source of many nutrients which helps in development of the brain development. Ayurveda recommends having 5 soaked almonds in the morning everyday for maximum brainpower. Phenylalanine, a brain-boosting chemical present in almond, aids healthy development of our cognitive functions.
  13. Good source of Protein: Almonds, like all nuts, provide one of the best plant sources of protein. They provide high quality and highly absorbable protein. A quarter-cup (containing around 30 almonds) contains around 7.6 grams of protein.

Read more: http://www.lifemojo.com/lifestyle/health-benefits-of-almonds-8040361#ixzz0tle4PX00

Wellness Junction has a whole article on how almonds boost your brain power, and, best of all,  the “Small Bites Nutrition” blog tells us how almonds help us lose weight!

So, go grab your 23 almonds, and enjoy greater health!

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