Almond may be beneficial in reducing the degree of LDL (bad cholesterol) and increasing the amount of HDL (good cholesterol) due to the low levels of saturated fat and higher content of vitamin E. Additionally, it includes polyunsaturated fatty acid (lipoic acid), phytosterols, fiber material and other bioactives which help control high cholesterol amount
Almonds, like all other nuts, are low in carbohydrates and high in good fats, proteins, fiber and essential micro-nutrients. Almonds contain significant amounts of magnesium, which is seen to be very low in all diabetics. Magnesium is an essential mineral which helps in maintaining the blood sugar levels in the body, improves the function of insulin along with helping in several body processes.
Almonds are very beneficial in preventing several heart diseases. The magnesium in almonds reduces high blood pressure. Almonds help to lower the LDL cholesterol levels and increase the HDL cholesterol levels. They also prevent oxidation of LDL, which is a very important step in preventing plaque formation in the blood vessels.
Several reports indicate that an almond-containing low-calorie diet, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, helps in lowering the weight faster than a diet high in complex carbohydrates. People who eat nuts twice a week are also less likely to gain weight