What is in an almond?
- Antioxidants: When plants are left out in the elements, they have to protect themselves, so they produce phenols, protective chemicals that serve as antioxidants to repair sun damage or produce a bitter taste to dissuade bugs from eating them. These plant phenols also help protect people against diseases including heart disease and certain cancers. They also offer protection when applied to skin.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: In the diet, omega-3 acids help regulate blood sugars, reduce blood pressure, help reduce body fat, maintain muscle mass, support the immune system and increase energy levels and skin radiance. Your body can’t make these essential fatty acids and, after walnuts, almonds are the best nut source, so keep them on your desk or kitchen bench.
- Protein: This is the building block of skin and almonds are a particularly rich source.
- Vitamin E: A strong antioxidant which also helps the oil last for longer without preservatives.
- Magnesium: In addition to helping cells produce energy and protein, magnesium is believed to counter the effects of stress hormones, which can make you age faster and exacerbate acne.
- Calcium: This mineral helps your cells to absorb nutrients.