Almond is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. The almond is available all year and makes a healthy and good tasting addition to both sweet and savory dishes. It's also the key ingredient of our almond envy juice drink. So how exactly are almonds of benefit to our health?
Almonds, along with many other nuts, are known to reduce the risk of heart disease. One reason for this is their high content of vitamin E, which is known for its anti-oxidant properties. They also have a high content of monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats that are found in olive oil. Monosaturated fats have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease. Also in addition to healthy fats and vitamin E almonds have been shown in diet studies to reduce bad low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol without affecting the good high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol. This can further promote a healthy heart, since low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol is associated with heart disease.
Almonds are also high in magnesium. If there is enough magnesium in the body this has the effect of relaxing veins and arteries improving the flow of blood, nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Tests have shown that a deficiency of magnesium can increase risk of heart attack.
If you're looking for a vegan recipe idea that involves almonds why not try this Quinoa salad with smoked tofu and almonds?