Almonds are packed with protein and contain beneficial nutrients such as magnesium. Almonds also contain powerful antioxidant, vitamin E, which helps to combat oxidative stress that contributes to aging. This superfood tree nut is a beneficial choice for diabetics for supporting healthy blood sugar levels. Since high levels of LDL cholesterol is a well-known risk factor for heart disease, the daily consumption of almonds is highly recommended by nutritional experts because almonds have impressive benefits to lowering the LDL and maintaining the “good” HDL cholesterol.
Almonds Have Life Extension Benefits
Almonds have an interesting history. They have been consumed as far back as B.C. They were served to Egypt’s pharaoh’s
as a prized ingredient. During the silk road era explorers would consume almonds while traveling.
Ancient Indian Ayurvdeic practicioners even touted almonds for their life enhancing capabilities.
Today you can find almonds widely available as a raw snack, nut butter, almond milk, or even in flour form.
Nutritional Information (1/4 cup serving size)
Almonds are rich in essential nutrients
- Vitamin E (16mg)
- Riboflavin (0.4mg)
- Manganese (0.8mg)
- Magnesium (97mg)
- Phosphorus (172mg)
- Calcium (96mg)
- Iron (33mg)
Vitamin E found in almonds helps to nourish the skin and reduce signs of aging.
Almonds are consumed in the raw nut form or as almond butter which is another good option. Sounds like a pretty tasty path to longevity, if you ask me!
Almonds Help to Support Health Blood Sugar Levels
With more than 50% of American adults currently with prediabetes and an alarming 30 million that already have diabetes according to JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).
It makes sense to start eating a food source that can help to support healthy blood sugar levels. It's as easy as consuming some almonds! Or, simply grab one of our delicious BochaBars
that come in two flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter
and Vanilla Almond Crunch
The rich amount of Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s) found in almonds has a slow rate of glucose being released into the blood stream.
A pubmed study was conducted on 65 adults with prediabetes that had a modification to their diet over a 16 week period… where 20% of their energy was derived from almonds.
The results were astonishing with the almond group exhibiting a greater reduction in insulin compared to the nut-free control group.
To conclude, consuming a diet that had 20% of it coming from almonds over a 16 week period improved markers for insulin sensitivity.
Almonds Can Help Support Healthy Cholesterol Levels
I’m sure you are probably aware by now that having high LDL cholesterol is a significant risk factor for heart disease. For optimal health, you want to have a higher amount of HDL “good cholesterol” while keeping LDL substantially lower. Almonds have benefits for healthy cholesterol levels.
A PubMed study was
conducted as a randomized crossover study on 27 hyperlipidemic men and women for 1 month. The results showed that the almond consumption group produced the greatest reduction in levels of blood lipids along with a significant reduction in LDL cholesterol.
Make Almonds Part of Your Healthy Diet
So, there you have it. Now you can see why we utilize almonds as one of our main ingredients in our line of great tasting gluten-free protein BochaBars.
Go ahead. Enjoy a BochaBar. Be proactive and make almonds part of your healthy diet and receive these 3 amazing health benefits.