You should be smiling this Valentine’s Day if your special someone gives you a box of chocolates that include almonds, too! They are not only a tasty treat, but they are good for your heart and skin.
Almonds contain a wide variety of nutrients and they can help to decrease wrinkles and improve cardiovascular immune, eye, blood and bone health. Consider these additional benefits:
The array of essential nutrients packaged neatly by nature into almonds provides amazing health benefits. Studies show that almonds are heart healthy because eating them can lower cholesterol levels in those with elevated levels. Other benefits include improved complexion, maintaining eye sight and shiny, youthful hair.
Almonds Improve Cardiovascular Health and Sun Damage
Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium, a good source of protein and fiber and offer heart healthy monounsaturated fats, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that boosts the immune system, protects cell membranes and helps the body make red blood cells. According to research sun exposure can deplete vitamin E from the skin, making it more vulnerable to sun damage. This is why vitamin E is used in many skin care products. Almonds contain antioxidant levels as high as tea and broccoli (good news for fussy eaters). Antioxidants deactivate free radicals which are elements in the body that can damage and destroy cells and lead to everything from skin aging to cancer, heart disease and stroke. Eat ’em up!