Happy Diwali festival, I can smell festive season, Sweet, Lights, Specially the Gift, Many of clients ask me what is the best Gift to someone  which is Versatile and delicious, almonds are one of the most popular super-foods. While most people mistake almonds as nuts, technically they are the seeds of the almond tree that are contained within the fruits.

I can proudly say that I am the spokesperson of Almond Board of California- Chandigarh chapter.

  • Reduce Risk of heart attack: Having almonds on regular basis reduces the risk of heart attack, atherosclerosis and hypertension as it lowers the level of bad cholesterol in the blood and availability of some important minerals like potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, protein, folic acid, low sodium, monosaturated fats, oleic acid (an unsaturated fatty acid which lowers the blood pressure) and etc. Almonds help by protecting the artery walls from getting damage because of the flavonoids contents available in its skins.

  • Almonds help in building the bones and teeth very strong because of its phosphorus contents.

  • Weight loss: If your intake of carbs is more than required, you are more likely to put on weight. Almonds are packed with a variety of nutrients that help to curb your craving for these carbs. This in turn helps you shed that flab and get back in shape quickie Almonds have a type of healthy fats, fiber, protein thus helps in the weight loss.

  • Eating almonds helps in maintaining the blood sugar level and insulin level after the meals thus helps to fight with diabetes.

  • Almonds reduce the risk of gallstones formation.

  • Almonds are the powerhouse of the protein thus nourishes the body very well.

  • Its anti-oxidants property helps in removing the toxic oxygen free radicals from the skin as well as the mucous membrane. The vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) content of it works as a fat-soluble antioxidant.

  • Variety of minerals (such as calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc) availability in the almonds helps to tone up the body muscles and bones thus prevents from osteoporosis.

  • Every raw almond has 7 calories, dietary fibers and proteins which help in reducing more weight.

  • Almonds are used to prepare variety of almond butter, almond oil, almond syrup and etc which are used for various purposes.

  • Eating raw almonds and using almond oil is beneficial in improving the memory power and concentration thus makes the children sharp minded and active.

  • Regular uses of raw almonds and massage with almond oil makes the skin bright, soft, smooth and supple from dry and cracked skin. It also prevent from psoriasis, reduces the wrinkles, black heads, dark circles under eyes, pimples and etc.

  • Badam rogan oil massage on the scalp reduces the dryness, dandruff, graying of hair and protects from being coarse and hair fall.

  • Eating almonds provides many health benefits like prevents from respiratory disorders, anemia, heart disorders, impotency, constipation, coughs, diabetes and etc.

  • Almonds help in managing weight as it has mono-unsaturated fat which satisfies the appetite and prevents the person from over-eating.

Why it is Necessary to Eat Soaked Almonds?

  • If you are using almonds on daily basis, it is very necessary to soak the almonds in water for the whole night and taken in the morning in order to sprout and set free the full nutritional value of the almonds by activating their beneficial enzymes. These enzymes help in improving the digestion and allow a better access to its nutrients. The skin of the almonds has an enzyme inhibitor which protects the almond until the suitable water and sunlight allow it to get germinated.

  • Soak the almonds during the night for at least 10 to 12 hours, rinse them in the morning to eat or place them in a wet towel for the next 12 hours to get sprouted. The tannins of the skin of the unsoaked almonds may interfere with the proper digestion of the carbohydrates, proteins and cellulose.

  • Same for the processed or roasted almonds, roasting and processing process may kill the enzymes. It should be also taken care of while purchasing the raw almonds form the market that it should not be pasteurized as the pasteurization process may also kill the enzymes.

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