Although they are called nuts, almonds are actually the seed of the fruit found on almond trees. Like all nuts they are a good source of fibre, which is useful in managing cholesterol levels and regulating blood glucose levels, so much so that research shows that people who replaced 30g of carbohydrates with the same amount of nuts a day experienced a 30% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Almonds are rich in vitamin E which has many roles, including helping the immune system and reducing the risk of blood clots as well as protecting the skin from ultraviolet light. You’ll also find B vitamins helpful for making energy, but almonds are noted for being a good source of vitamin B2, or riboflavin, which can play a role in reducing the risk of cataracts and in the formation of white blood cells required for the immune system.
The skin of the almond is a worthy source of plant chemicals with antioxidant potential including catechins, most commonly associated with green tea.
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