Protects you from diabetes. Who wouldn’t love a food that’s a treat to both the taste buds and the body at the same time? Eating raw almonds helps decrease the rise in blood sugar after we eat, and removes free radicals in the body.
Research from a study showed that participants who ate almonds had significant levels of protective antioxidants after consuming almonds where there was none before. It also showed a low rise in insulin and blood sugar after eating compared to other foods.
Protects you from cardiovascular diseases. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fat, which is the same kind found in olive oil. This kind of fat reduces your risk of heart disease. Using almond fat as a substitute for the fats that you get from meat and dairy products lowers your risk by 45%.
Maintains normal blood pressure. Almonds are rich in magnesium, potassium and vitamin E, which all work together to improve blood flow, oxygen circulation, muscle contraction (this includes the heart) and nerve transmission. When there is enough magnesium, potassium and vitamin E in the body, arteries and veins can "relax and breathe" more easily.
Can help you lose weight and decrease risk of gaining weight. It's no wonder that people are going crazy over almonds! People who eat them have the ability to shed pounds—about 62% reduction in their body mass index—more efficiently than those who don’t eat them. People can also lose up to 50% of unwanted fat on their waist circumference. Those who eat almonds on a regular basis are 31% less likely to experience weight gain.
There is a long list of health benefits for people who include raw almonds in their diet. A quarter of a cup of this nut—which is technically not a nut but the seed of drupes (stone fruits)—provides 132 calories, 49% biotin, 27% manganese, 18% Vitamin B2, 11% fibre, 16% phosphorous, 40% of vitamin E and 26% of copper.