The Beauty Benefits of Almonds for Healthy Skin

Healthy Skin Benefits of Almonds

 Maintain Healthy Skin By Eating Almonds

You have probably never eaten wild almonds, because they are actually bitter, and naturally contain the toxic substance that is deadly called cyanide. The nuts were domesticated in India and Pakistan, eventually making their way around the world, allowing almonds to become a mainstream part of our daily diet.

Almonds are excellent little powerhouses to maintain healthy skin. Research shows that adding almonds to your daily diet can improve your skin making it look younger and healthier.

6 Reasons To Eat More Almonds

  1. Almonds are a great source of vitamin E, and research has shown that almonds also contain high concentrations of catechin, epicatechin, and other flavonol antioxidants that nourish the skin and reduce signs of aging.
  2. They are excellent source of magnesium, fiber, unsaturated fats and many other nutrients.
  3. Almonds have quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin. These compounds that fight skin cancer and damage by reversing oxidative stress from a poor diet, pollution and UV light exposure.
  4. Almonds’ are full of healthy fats, and have the ability to improve the body’s circulation
  5. Almonds help keep skin hydrated and better able to heal wounds.
  6. Almonds are an excellent source of MUFAs that help to slow the rate at which glucose (sugar) is released into the bloodstream. This can help reduce skin inflammation, and oxidative stress that  is one of the leading factors that contribute to skin aging.

Almond Oil Benefits

Additionally, oils from sweet almonds are extracted to form almond essential oil, which is a very beneficial oil for the skin. It offers both beauty and healing properties….

  • Emollient – excellent moisturization property. It is used to eliminate excessively dry skin, as it locks in moisture.
  • Cicatrizant – helps wounds heal faster.
  • Removes makeup- motorized and remove make up in one step
  • Anti-dandruff – it dissolves away dandruff from the scalp.
  • Anti-Inflammatory – It reduces inflammation topically and also when ingested
  • Chapped lip Be gone
  • Helps psoriasis, eczema and other forms of dermatitis for faster healing of skin lesions.

 

Eating Almonds

Adding almonds to your diet is a great way to add a nutritional beauty boost, and one easy way to incorporate almonds into your diet is to make your own almond butter, or tasty honey sesame almonds with the recipe below

Almond Butter

Almond butter is simply ground almonds, so simply grind them in a high-speed blender or food processor until smooth. (See video above)  Enjoy just like peanut butter…on toast, crackers, on veggies, and in sandwiches.

Honey Sesame Almonds

One of my favorite go to snacks is Honey Sesame Almonds, I buy them at Trader Joe’s, but I also make them at home for friends and family.
Serves: 10-12¼ cup servings  stores for up to 2 weeks in air tight container
INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, raw and
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups toasted, unsalted almonds
  • INSTRUCTIONS
    Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.. Set aside for later.
  • Place a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add coconut oil, honey, brown sugar and salt. Stir all the ingredients until melted and smooth.
  • Increase the heat to medium, stir in the almonds. Stir occasionally, allowing almonds to soak in the honey mixture. Watch for the almonds to start bubbling, it will take 5-10 minutes, until the honey mixture is warm and bubbly.
  • Now, decrease the heat to low. Add in to the pan the sesame seeds. Stir frequently, until the sesame seeds are well coated and there is just a bit of honey mixture left in the skillet… about 4-8 minutes.
  • Pour almonds onto the prepared baking sheet, creating an even layer. Set baking sheet on a cooling rack. Allow to cool for 1 hour.
  • Break apart with your hands and enjoy!

Buying Almonds

Not all almonds are the same It is best to avoid almonds and any nuts for that matter that are coated in sugar, hydrogenated oils, or salt. Also avoid buying nuts that are over processed as it can lower the nut’s health benefits.

One thing that people may not be aware of when purchasing Almonds is….almonds produced in the United States is that the FDA requires that all raw almonds be pasteurized or irradiated before being sold to consumers. These include: oil roasting, dry roasting and blanching, and steam processing.

As a rule of thumb, the less processing done to almonds the better. Preshelled and roasted almonds are likely less beneficial than raw almonds still found in their natural casing.

One step that can actually increase the nutrient content of almonds is soaking and sprouting them. Soaking and sprouting almonds removes some of their naturally occurring antinutrients that block the body from absorbing some minerals. I like to soak mine overnight for 12–24 hours in a big bowl, covering them with water and rinsing them the next morning.

Resources:

  1. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/3635
  2. https://authoritynutrition.com/foods/almonds
  3. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3085/2
  4. https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/almonds?portionid=35301&portionamount=10.000
  5. http://www.indiatimes.com/health/healthyliving/benefits-of-almonds-for-skin-hair-and-health-240670.html
  6. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/fda-definition-of-healthy
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257681/

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