Who knew that tear-shaped almonds could give so much of happiness! Yes, apart from only boosting our memory, almonds are a source of numerous other benefits. Read on as we reveal eleven amazing health, skin and hair benefits of almonds:
Regulates Cholesterol : Almonds regulate the cholesterol level by increasing the HDL (good cholesterol) and lowering the LDL (bad cholesterol), thus helping to maintain a balanced cholesterol level in the body.
Reduces Heart Diseases : Almonds contain mono-unsaturated fats, protein and potassium which are essential for the well-being of heart. Almonds also reduce the percentage and effect of C-reactive proteins which are a main cause of artery-damage.
Regulating Blood Pressure : The high content of potassium and low percentage of sodium in almonds help in regulating the blood pressure thus maintaining it at a stabilized level.
Weight Management : Almonds increase satiety levels thus reducing hunger pangs. They also help in controlling weight fluctuations. Also, since almonds are high in fiber, they improve the bowel movements thereby eliminating a large chunk of toxins from the body.
Moisturizing : Since almonds are rich in olein glyceride linoleic acid and vitamin E, they act as effective moisturizers. Grind blanched and soaked almonds and make sure that there are no lumps left. Mix the ground almonds with whipped cream and apply the mixture on your face and body regularly for a glowing skin.
Scrubber : Mixing ground almonds and honey combines both the coarseness and benefits of ground almonds and nourishing properties of honey. Scrub your skin with this mixture twice a week to get rid of dead cells.
Skin Brightening : Almonds are rich in anti-oxidants, proteins, fatty acids and nourishing properties thereby providing instant brightness to your skin. Take five crushed almonds and add one teaspoon of milk, some teaspoons of lemon juice and gram flour (besan). Make a paste and apply it on your face. Let it stay for thirty minutes before rinsing with cold water.
Treating Acne Scars : Almonds are effective in treating acne scars. Mix almond oil, honey, lemon juice, and some teaspoons of milk and apply the mixture on acne scars on a regular basis.
Reducing Hair Fall : Almonds contain polyunsaturated and mono fatty acids like vitamin A, D, B1, B2, B6 which strengthen the hair. Mix almond oil with lavender oil. Apply it on your scalp and leave it for three hours before hair wash. Repeat this process twice or thrice a week.
Removing Dandruff : Mix almond oil with neem oil and apply the mixture on your scalp. Leave it for three hours before getting a hair wash. The nourishing properties of almond combined with the anti-bacterial functions of neem prove effective in removing dandruffs.
Treating Dry Hair : Again the nourishing properties of almonds come to rescue while treating dry hair. Mix a few teaspoons of almond milk with some teaspoons of egg white and coconut oil. Apply this mixture on your hair and leave it for three hours before hair wash. Repeat this process twice a week to get smooth and soft hair.
Rush off to the kitchen and get your hands on almonds to enjoy the above benefits!