What nutrients do almonds have?
Phytonutrients in almonds
Almonds contain micronutrients (very small substances) called phytonutrients, which have multiple properties and functions. There are several classes and all of them have different effects, although they share the action of protecting our body thanks to its antioxidant effect against free radicals that can generate cancer by altering cellular DNA.
These phytonutrients also increase our defenses and prevent premature aging of all body tissues, helping to prevent the appearance of multiple diseases.
Among the main phytonutrients we have flavonoids.
Flavonoids from almonds
Almonds contain flavonoids, specifically more than 20 different types in their skin. But in particular we mainly find quercetin, kaempferol, catechins (such as those in green tea) and naringenins (like those in grapefruit), which act with the aforementioned highly antioxidant effect, preventing premature aging of cells, tissues and organs such as the skin.
In addition, they have other beneficial actions such as helping to avoid the oxidation of LDL and VLDL cholesterol, which is preventive against cardiovascular diseases and cholesterol. But they can also help minimize the growth of some cancer cells.
The effect of flavonoids, together with the content of vitamin E in the food, has a synergistic effect (they enhance each other) against oxidation, which is why it turns out to be a great antioxidant.
Other benefits of almonds
If chewed correctly, the almond crushed mass exerts a cleansing action on the teeth and an intestinal disinfectant. But, moreover, it is more easily digestible, since it is a very slow digestion food due to its fat, carbohydrate and fiber content.
Almonds are part of the Mediterranean diet, therefore, they should be included in a healthy, varied and balanced diet. This is given their nutritional content, which is why they are ideal for providing nutrients in periods of maximum demand, such as during the growing season, during times of nutritional deficiencies or during any disease or pathology that increases the needs and demands of nutrients that our body needs.
Almond oil is good for the skin, because of its lubricating, soothing and moisturizing effect. It is widely used as a base, in many cosmetic preparations.
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15 January, 2023