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Almonds: highly nutritional nut with high health benefits

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Updated: 11:00 GMT, May 26, 2015 | Published: 11:57 GMT, Apr 17, 2015 |
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Some nutritionists affirm that taking 60 grams of almonds every day would protect us from diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Almonds are found in places like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Israel. If we concern the health benefits of almonds – they are extensive, and they are frequently used as a healthy solution for relief from constipation, respiratory disorders, coughs, heart disorders, anemia, impotency, and diabetes. It also helps in maintenance of healthy hair, skin care (psoriasis), and dental care.

This highly nutritional nut is a rich source of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. It also contains zinc, selenium, copper and niacin. Compared to all other nuts, almonds are the most packed with nutrients and beneficial components.

Almonds are rich in fiber, and like most other fiber-rich foods, almonds help prevent constipation. However, it is also important to drink a significant amount of water when eating almonds to speed up the digestive process and beneficial effects of the nut. We don’t even need to eat an excessive amount, the amount of fiber in 4 or 5 almonds is enough to keep our digestion and bowel movements regular.

People can even reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease by consuming almonds, because they have been known to have such a positive effect on neural activity. Stimulating new neural passageways and connections can keep Alzheimer’s disease and neural degeneration from developing.

However, just like almost any other food, almonds have their downside. They do contain oxalates, and excessive oxalates can cause crystallization, which can lead to a host of different issues.  People that have kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating almonds.

In India, different type of almond is available and it’s called as the “Indian Almond”.

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