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Benefits of Almonds

Almond is an edible seed, which appears to have originated in the Middle East. From there it spread across the world, and it came to Spain, to California in the USA, and various other parts of the world. Perhaps, the most interesting fact about it is that the cultivated varieties are descended from the wild ones. The wild ones even today, are actually poisonous, especially when eaten in abundance and can even lead to death. If a seed is injured, it releases prussic acid, also known as hydrogen cyanide. This compound has also been considered the precursor to Amino Acids, which in turn are thought to have played a part in the origins of life. But, this is more recent and almonds have been cultivated for a long period of time.

Is it a bit too much to digest? But how does this possibly harmful seed lay claim to be one of the most beneficial seeds eaten by humans today? The thing is that the current domesticated varieties are not the same as the ones found in the wild. How did this bitter seed become sweet – no one knows, for sure? But here are a couple benefits that it can have in store for you, both when eaten or in the form of oil:

 

Health:

This, along with various other nuts, is considered as a health food. It contains many essential oils required by the body’s immune system. It is a rich source of B Vitamins, Vitamin E, and many minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, and Potassium. It has also been found to lower LDL, hence Cholesterol, which is responsible for clogging up your arteries and leads to CHD (Coronary Heart Disease). It has many other health benefits as well.

It’s oil, works like a miracle on skin. This is why you will find that most beauty products contain almond oil in them. This is because of its rich Vitamin base, which can help your skin to retain moisture for a longer period of time. Furthermore, it is loaded with antioxidants, which help you in retaining your freshness, as you age.

They are also considered as a brain food. The main reason behind this is that it contains lean protein which not only provides energy but also plays a vital role in repairing brain cells. The magnesium in the almonds helps with strengthening the nerves and the omega fatty acids can contribute to raising intellectual levels.

Hair

Almond oil is also used to protect hair. Chances are if you pick up your shampoo and go to the ingredients, you will find almond oil listed in there. Its major benefits for your hair includes repairing split ends, making the hair shine, strengthen hair ends, and it also treats dandruff. It is also preferable to other heavier oils such as the castor oil, or mustard oil. Ideally, you may want to thoroughly apply it one hour before taking a shower.

Culinary Delights

If you are like us, you are probably wondering, okay, it is good for health, but so is medicine and you do not partake of it unless it is absolutely necessary. Fear not readers, for this, is used in a lot of culinary delights. From your biscuits, cakes, toffees, pastries and bread to being drunk as a substitute for milk. However, here is something which few people know here in this continent. Traditional wrestlers from the Eastern Continent of Asia, drink almond milk as a health drink to increase strength. It is a practice that they have carried on for centuries, with recipes being kept secret from rival factions. Now, if this puts you in a mood to try some yourself, we advise you to visit Groupon to find the culinary deals in your locality.

These were just some of the benefits of Almond oil; if you have something to add to we will be happy to hear you out. In the end, we wish you to keep safe and stay healthy.