ALMOND HEALTH BENEFITS & FACTS
The almond that we think of as a nut is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, a medium-sized tree that produces fragrant pink and white flowers and is truly a remarkable plant. Like its cousins, the peach, cherry and apricot trees, the almond tree bears fruit with stone-like seeds, or pits, within. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond “nut.” Almonds were thought to have originated in regions of West Asia and North Africa and are an ancient food that has been written about in historical texts, including the Bible.
For people with dairy or soy intolerance, almonds are a gift. Almonds are filled with minerals such as magnesium, copper, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron, and also B vitamins, and are also packed full of cancer-fighting antioxidants. Almonds are also one of the best whole food sources of vitamin E. Plus, they make for a really tasty base for dairy-free milks and frozen desserts!
Almonds are cholesterol-free and rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, the same type of fats that are found in olive oil, which have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Almonds promote cardiovascular health by providing plenty of potassium and only a tiny amount of sodium, making them an especially good choice in protecting against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. Potassium is essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. This mineral is an important electrolyte involved in nerve transmission and the contraction of all muscles - including the heart.
Almonds are a very good source of manganese and a good source of copper, two trace minerals that are essential cofactors of a key oxidative enzyme called “superoxide dismutase.” This enzyme disarms free radicals produced within the mitochondria - the energy production factories within our cells - thus keeping our energy flowing freely. So raise your glass (or spoon) to good health, and enjoy some of our many almond-based beverages, cultured products, and frozen desserts!