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Nuts can sometimes get a bad wrap. People have a habit of thinking nuts=fats. And that little equation has some truth to it, but it isn’t the whole truth. Almonds are an excellent source of Vitamin E and high quality protein and they also contain high levels of healthy unsaturated fatty acids in addition to bioactive molecules such as fibre, phytosterols and other minerals.
Almonds are the only the nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming, which makes them perfect for a juice cleanse. They help to reduce acidity in the body which reduces poor immune function, helps to increase energy and prevent weight gain.
So while some people might get scared about the fat in almonds, we have to remember that fatty acids are essential and can be very beneficial to overall health. The body can’t create its own fatty acids, which is why we need to get them from dietary sources. Almonds have two very important fatty acids, both linoleic and linolenic acids. Those fatty acids help to reduce inflammation all around the body, which is a general condition that many people suffer from. The fatty acids also help to reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol), and they promote healthy skin and hair!
Almonds are a fantastic source of many vitamins and minerals, and phosphorous is definitely counted among them. Phosphorous can have a considerable impact on the strength and durability of bones and teeth, while also preventing the onset of age-related conditions like osteoporosis.
The mono-unsaturated fats, protein and potassium contained in almonds are all instrumental in heart health. Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant and also reduces the risk of heart diseases, while the presence of magnesium in almonds can help avoid heart attacks.
Whilst we make a milk and a nut smoothie from almonds for our cleanse, almonds are so accessible and easy to include in your daily life. Just cover your palm, and that is an ideal serving size each day to get the maximum benefits.