Almonds are a superfood, which are high in vitamin E and good fats, which are beneficial for the hair, skin and the body. Nutritionist, Suman Agarwal who is also a fitness consultant and founder of Selfcare in Mumbai lists the health benefits of almonds for the skin, hair and body.
Great for hair
Almonds are a rich source of vitamin D and magnesium and it are used in a variety of cosmetics and creams. Deficiency of magnesium in the body can lead to hair fall. Almond oil applied once in a week can help to moisturise the scalp, improve the hair quality and reduce hair fall.
Superb for skin
Almonds can benefit the complexion as they contains a good amount of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which helps in preventing cell damage and also helps in preventing the damage caused by the sun’s rays. Almond milk is also rich in proteins and vitamins and helps hydrate and soften the skin.
Marvelous for memory
Almonds are a rich source of B vitamins and minerals and may help to improve memory. B vitamins also help in improving the communication between the brain cells.
Good for hangovers
Almonds are high in fat and will slowdown the absorption of alcohol in the blood and are a good cure for hangovers.
Fit for Weight Loss
Almonds contain phytosterol and mono unsaturated fatty acids which help in reducing cholesterol and LDL. Raw almonds are a good source of proteins and fibre, which will help curb your appetite, as they make you feel full.
What is the best way to eat almonds? Raw, roasted or soaked? Soaked almonds have a lesser amount of phytates and help in promoting good digestion. Whereas, bitter almonds cannot be eaten raw as they contain toxic substances called prussic acid.