Healthy properties of almonds
Among the varieties of dried fruit, almonds are the richest in nutritional terms and boast numerous properties and health benefits. The main nutrients contained are the B group vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6), PP (B3), A and E; amino acids, mineral salts, especially magnesium, present in large quantities (89%) and other nutrients such as potassium, copper, zinc, sulfur, phosphorus, iron and manganese.
Thanks to the presence of a high amount of vitamin E and unsaturated fats that lower the level of "bad" cholesterol (LDL), blood triglycerides and reduce the growth of atherosclerotic plaque in the arteries, consuming almonds helps prevent cardiovascular diseases and mitigates the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Moreover the presence of potassium and sodium helps to keep the blood pressure in balance, while the magnesium contributes to a correct brain activity.
The high energy power that derives from the presence of vitamins and minerals (in particular manganese and copper) gives this fruit the ability to provide nourishment to the organism, especially in the presence of certain events in which there is a need for greater body reaction such as convalescence, intense sporting activity, physical and intellectual overwork, pregnancy, breastfeeding etc. The immune system also benefits from the intake of almonds: consuming 5-6 fruits in the morning helps to recharge the body and to face the winter cold.
Due to the good content of iron and calcium, almonds are very suitable for those suffering from anemia and osteoporosis, as they increase bone mineral density.
Almonds, although they contain "good" fats, are highly caloric, so they should be consumed in moderation. The recommended amount should not exceed 10-12 almonds per day.