Almonds


almondsA report in May 2006 edition of The Financial Express reiterated that as suggested in Maharishi Ayurveda, almonds have a cooling effect on the body and supply plenty of vitamins and calcium to the body, apart from preventing certain chronic disorders.

Recent studies revealed that almonds are power-house of nutrients which plays an important role in fighting chronic diseases like heart diseases and diabetes. Also, studies conducted in the University of Toronto has revealed that including almonds in ones regular diet can help in reducing the LDL (LOW density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol) levels in the blood. It was also found that even two ounces of almonds when consumed could compensate for the rise in blood sugar levels caused by consumption of white bread. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition showed that the skin of almonds have good antioxidant properties.

Maharishi Ayurveda suggests that sweet almonds are better than the bitter ones, as due to their warming quality, sweet almonds can pacify the vata dosha. Though Almonds are also recommended for people with pitta dosha, those having kapha should eat them in smaller quantities. Almonds are not recommended for people with high pitta levels in the blood. Almond is said to cure ailments pertaining to wind, bile and phlegm and is good for improvement of vision and mental strength. Almond is also found to be beneficial in treating patients suffering from tuberculosis. On the whole, including almonds in ones regular diet, increases memory, gives sufficient nourishment to the body and boosts immunity power of the body.