Almonds or 'badaam' are desi superfoods !
Our 3 Traditional medical texts - Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha, all say that almonds can play an important role in toning body tissues, helping in relieving gastric problems and also in managing diabetes. It also says that regular consumption of almonds may have a therapeutic effect on male fertility. (as per ancient texts on Ayurveda and Unani)
Almonds are rich in healthy fats, full of fiber and act as great antioxidants. They make for a healthy snack and also contain a host of micro-nutrients like copper, manganese, iron and calcium. We've heard our grandmothers and mothers harp on the benefits of almonds and telling us how wonderful these nuts are and should be consumed everyday... and rightly so.
Many Nutritionists and weight management consultants - all agree that it's beneficial to start your day with 5-10 almonds soaked in water overnight. It gives you nutrition early morning and also improves satiety through the day.
Almonds should be eaten after soaking them in water overnight. According to them, the brown peel of almonds contains tannin which inhibits nutrient absorption. Once you soak almonds the peel comes off easily and allows the nut to release all nutrients easily.
1. Weight management
Almonds can easily fit in your weight loss diet as a great snacking option. They are full of healthy fats protein and fiber that help in maintaining your blood sugar levels stable and keeping you full for longer. They can help in keeping your cravings away and thus, supporting your weight loss diet.
2. Secret to Beautiful Skin
Almonds are rich in Vitamin E which helps in reducing signs of ageing and nourishes your skin. Vitamin E has certain antioxidant properties that are known to block free radicals in the body that can play a big role in the ageing process.
It protects skin cells’ outer membranes which keeps them strong and healthy. Strong membranes are able to seal moisture deep into the skin which keeps your skin healthy, hydrated and moisturized.
Almonds have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation and redness. If you’re suffering from an inflammatory skin condition like eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, it’s time to toss almonds into your daily diet to see improvement in your skin.
4. Manage cholesterol levels
Almonds are heart-friendly. They contain mono-saturated fats, magnesium, potassium and protein which are for the heart and promote healthy function.
5. Great for digestion
Almonds are full of insoluble fibers and therefore, they help in keeping your digestive system strong and even treat constipation which further boosts our metabolism and helps in weight loss.
6. Boost brainpower
Almonds are wonderful brain foods. They contain Vitamin E which helps in boosting memory. They are also rich in potassium which increases mental alertness and sharpens your memory.
7. Keeps energy levels up
Almonds are rich in manganese, riboflavin, and copper that help in keeping your energy levels up. They give you with power and vitality. Almonds are also rich in protein and so, help in increasing physical alertness.
8. Diabetics friendly
Almonds help in keeping your blood glucose levels stable. Research has shown that they may help in decreasing the sudden spikes in blood sugar levels after your meals. Almonds are believed to have a very low GI index and, so they barely impact your blood sugar levels when consumed.
Here's a simple DIY recipe -
ALMOND AND COCONUT MILK FACE MASK10-15 almonds
2 tsp fresh coconut milk
Add 2 tsp. of fresh, thick coconut milk in freshly ground almonds (which have been saoked overnight, peeled and ground). Now, mix it well and make a thick paste.
Apply it on the face and when it dries out, wash it off with water.
It helps to lighten your skin tone and also makes the skin dewy and glowing.