Almonds; also known as kind of nuts, is one of the most healthiest foods on earth. Many of us don’t know that, soaked almonds can do miracles for health. Let us see it how.
The almond is known as king of nuts. It is rich in almost all the elements needed by the body. We use almond in many types, but the most useful and healthiest form is; soaked almonds.
Today we will be discussing about the health benefits of Soaked almonds.
Varieties of Almonds:
There are two varieties of almonds, the sweet and the bitter. Sweet one is the most preferable one and is also of two more varieties; thin-skinned and thick-skinned.
The thin-skinned, known as kagazi almond is the best for use. The bitter variety of almonds should not be used as they contain prussic acid, a deadly poison!
Botanical name- Prunus amygdalus
Uses of Almonds:
Almonds comes under the category of dry-fruits and is used in many types.
- It is used in producing almond oil, perfume and cosmetics.
- Badam milk; prepared using almonds is very healthy thing.
- It is used in dessert items like ice creams, halwa, custards and as a topping in many items.
- It is simply eaten as a dry fruits, and in soaked form.
- Many people also used almond paste on hair and skin.
Food value of almonds:
Almonds are rich in protein, fat, minerals, carbohydrates, niacin, vitamins and many other nutrients. The best way of using almonds, is to soak them in water and then go for the use.
Many people will advise you to take 4-6 soaked almonds daily. Do you know this why? This is really a small thing, but is really miraculous for health.
Let us see the benefits of eating soaked almonds.
Health benefits of Soaked Almonds:
1. Reduces Weight effectively-
Researches and studies have proved that, on a daily basis if you take 4-6 soaked and peeled almonds, you will loose pounds without any extra workout!
Almonds are rich in fibers, which keeps you full without letting any extra calorie addition. So if you add this in your first food, then it is going to work a lot.
2. Good for Heart Health-
Almonds reduces triglycerides, LDL and bad cholesterol. In opposite, it also gives rise to good cholesterol is of course good for your health. Almonds are the good sources of protein, potassium and magnesium, which are necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system.
By balancing your cholesterol level, it keeps your heart healthy and fit.
3. Healthy food during pregnancy–
A pregnant woman must include soaked almonds in her daily diet. It is not only good for the mother, but also for the developing fetus. Being rich in all the nutrients, they provide an ultimate nourishment to the mother and the baby.
Also the folic acid and iron content in almonds, gives a nice growth and support to the baby’s development.
4. Healthy skin food-
If you want to keep yourself forever young and your skin always glowing, then must include soaked almonds in your daily diet. Antioxidants and Vitamin E present, helps to reduce signs of aging, keeping your skin flexible and glowing.
You can also apply the paste of soaked almonds, for a better glow and as a healthy facial.
5. Sharpens your mind and intellect-
When it comes about the benefits of almonds, the common thing known to all is ‘mind development’. It has been proved by scientists, that intake of soaked almonds daily serves as a brain tonic and boosts your CNS, Central Nervous System.
It is good for all age persons, but specially good for developing kids.
How to soak almonds for maximum benefits?
- Take 4-6 almonds, and soak it in ample amount of water.
- Cover it and allow to soak for 6-8 hours.
- After that, peel the skin as it will come out easily.
- Have it with your breakfast or with milk.
Why we remove the peel?
Now a question arises, why do we peel off the skin and how it is beneficial. Actually, the skin of the almond contains niacin which is good, but not in excess.
In addition, when we soak the almonds, the peel comes out, which also reduces the effect of pitta aggravation. You must have heard, that eating excess almonds can lead to indigestion, nasal bleeding, discomfort and many more.
This is just because, unsoaked almonds can aggravate pitta, which is not good.
In this way we saw the health benefits of Soaked almonds, so what do you say now! Hope this article will make you aware and all will start including this king nut in their diet.
Share the post to all, and don’t forget to leave a comment! Take care and live well!
She is a learner and health conscious person. She is always interested in seeking knowledge regarding Ayurveda, herbal medicine and Yoga to cure any health ailments naturally.
She holds a Bachelor Degree in Alternative Medicine and interested in Naturopathy.