Before we solve this myth and fact debate about almonds, we should have some basic knowledge about it and the other benefits of this nut. It is a nut found in Southwestern Asia and comes from the Rosaceae family. It is primarily grown in the Mediterranean climate. California is the largest producer, supplying nearly 80 per cent to the world. There are two varieties of almonds and they are sweet and bitter almonds. Sweet almonds are familiar and are edible. They are also used in cooking and they are also the source of almond oil or any almond meal.
The oil of the bitter almonds are used in the manufacturing of flavouring extracts for food and liquors but only after removing the prussic acid. They are eaten raw, roasted, blanched and commonly used in confectionery baking. In Europe, almonds are used to marzipan a sweet paste that is used in candies and pastries. In Asia, it is commonly used in meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian dishes. More than 25 types of almonds are grown in California, Marcona and Valencia come from Spain, and Ferranges are imported from Greece.
“They are good for your brain” is what my mother and grandmother used to say to me when I was a child. I don’t know whether it worked for me or not but eating it daily kind of became a habit. Our elders always teach us good habits and things which are good for us. Some of us listen to those things with much attention and even continue with them but some leave that habit after growing up. Eating almonds every day is a good habit which is taught to us in childhood and we should continue it for the rest of our lives.
This nut is full of many nutrients which are very much helpful for our body. They are rich in nutrients like fibre, fats, vitamin E, and many more nutrients. It is advised to have 5-10 almonds every morning which is soaked overnight with skins removed. You can add it to your breakfast porridge during the autumn and winter seasons or you can add it to your smoothies in the summertime for a nice flavour. It depends on you about how you want to consume your almonds whether to eat them directly after removing the skins or adding them to your meals.
Coming back to the health benefits that they have are improving digestion, moisturising skin, preventing heart diseases, eliminating cravings, adding shine to dull hair, promotes healthy cells. lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of diabetes, lowers blood pressure, enhances brainpower and strengthens the weak muscles. They also help with inflammation and fight against cancer in the colon, breast and prostate. These little nuts might just be the perfect food.
They have lots of minerals which are magnesium, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese and arginine which are very necessary for your heart and these substances also help in supporting cardiovascular function. Vitamin E in it helps in reducing the risks of heart diseases. It also prevents the buildup that causes the clog in the arteries and prevents the blood from flowing. This is why they are also a very good supplement for people who are suffering from high blood pressure.
These nuts are very much helpful for glowing skin. They are rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which fight with the free radicals and reduce inflammation. Having strong antioxidant content in it helps in preventing skin cancer. As we are talking about the skin benefits we shouldn’t leave that they also help with moisturising the skin. Any skin or lotion containing almonds in it will surely help with dry and flaky skin. You can also make your almond facial oil at home. Take some almond oil and fill it in a glass add any essential of your choice and voila!!! ready to use.
In winters we usually have dry and brittle hair because of the dry winter hair. To solve this problem you can use products that have almond oil in them which will strengthen your hair and will also improve the texture of the hair. They will keep your hair strong and shiny. It also helps in reducing diabetes. They also balance the glucose level and control the way it is being absorbed by the body. This help in controlling blood sugar levels and diabetes. They also balance the ph levels in our body by boosting the digestive system and balancing the multiple hormones.
Another terrific effect of having almonds every day is it helps in weight loss and oxidative stress. The amount o fibre and fat content in it reduce cravings and prevent overeating. They keep you full and satisfied so that there is no chance of eating any kind of unhealthy snacks which promotes weight gain. Being packed with minerals almonds provide us with a healthy smile. It is rich in magnesium, calcium and phosphorous which promotes strong, healthy bones and teeth. Daily consumption of it decreases the risk of osteoporosis and the risk of bone fractures. They also prevent tooth decay.
Now back to being solving the myth and fact debate, do almonds boost our memory? Well, the Indian mothers surely believe that eating almonds every day will increase memory power and they do remind their kids every day to have at least 6-8 almonds daily. They soak it overnight remove the peels and then remind us to eat them. Well, I should completely agree that our mothers know the best for us and they will never give us anything that will harm us. Even science agrees with it that they do increase our memory power.
The almonds elevate ACh acetylcholine a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps to enhance memory and fights conditions like Alzheimer. Other than that it has vitamin B6 which improves memory function and brain health. It also has zinc which prevents bacterial and viral infections that can damage the brain cells. Protein content helps in repairing brain cells thereby improving cognitive functions including memory. Vitamin E stops the ageing of the brain cells that might impact memory loss.
Thus, after researching about all these queries it has been proved that almonds do help in increasing your memory and with that also helps in many different ways in helping our body to make it healthy and fit. We should maintain our habit of having almonds regularly for our benefit.