Almonds

Almonds are tree nuts that come from the almond tree.  Almond trees are native to the middle east, although most the almonds we consume in America are grown in California.

Almonds are rich in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.  They are also a good source of protein and fiber while low in sugar.  Their fats are unsaturated fats.

We recommend using raw, unsalted almonds in our superfood smoothie recipes.

Nutrition Facts

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Almonds scores well for 14 health goals

This ingredient was scored for various health goals Learn more.

The Research

Cholesterol: Score 96

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Almonds compare favorably to statin therapy in reducing C-reactive protein and managing high cholesterol levels. They have cholesterol lowering properties. They reduce biomarkers of lipid peroxidation. Almonds have positive effects on plasma lipids and LDL oxidation.

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Diabetes (Type 2): Score 96

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Human: Almond consumption improves glycemic control and lipid profiles in patients with diabetes. Eating almonds at mealtime reduces post meal sugar levels and reduces A1C in people with diabetes. Eating almonds in combination with a low calorie diet improves several abnormalities associated with metabolic syndrome. Almonds reduce insulin secretion and insulin resistance.

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Circulatory System (Cardiovascular): Score 94

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A diet high in almonds compares favorably to statin therapy in reducing C-reactive protein. Almonds reduce coronary heart disease risk factors in people with high cholesterol. Almonds are one of the foods that can greatly reduce cardiovascular disease.

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Erectile Dysfunction: Score 94

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A diet high in almonds compares favorably to statin therapy in reducing C-reactive protein. Almonds reduce coronary heart disease risk factors in people with high cholesterol. Almonds are one of the foods that can greatly reduce cardiovascular disease.

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Inflammation: Score 94

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Human: Almonds compare favorable to statin therapy in reducing C-reactive protein.

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Thyroid: Score 93

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Contains Vitamin E (85% RDA), which may play a role in the reduction of thyroid cancer. Contain magnesium (68% RDA), which prevents exercise induced reduction in thyroid hormone. Contains zinc (21% RDA). A deficiency may contribute to thyroid cancer and increase thyroid volume. It prevents exercise induced reduction of thyroid hormones and testosterone. Contains B2 (67% RDA), which B have a potential association with thyrotoxicosis.

Asthma: Score 92

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Contains magnesium (68% RDA), which reduces hospital admissions and improves lung function in adults with asthma. It also significantly improves severe acute asthma in children. Contains zinc (21% RDA), which is beneficial for children with asthma.

Anemia: Score 90

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Contains iron (21% RDA) Contains magnesium (68% RDA), which may be associated with hemolytic anemia.

Polycystic Ovary Disease: Score 90

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Human: Almonds may improve metabolic and endocrine parameters in PCOS.

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Women's Health Issues: Score 90

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Human: Almonds may improve metabolic and endocrine parameters in PCOS.

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Liver: Score 88

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Animal: Almonds have liver protective properties against chemically induced liver cell damage.

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Colon Health: Score 84

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In Vitro: Almond skin has prebiotic properties comparable to FOS.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Score 84

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In Vitro: Almond skin has prebiotic properties comparable to FOS.

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Ulcerative Colitis: Score 84

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In Vitro: Almond skin has prebiotic properties comparable to FOS.

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How Our Scoring System Works

For each health goal, we assigned a score to each recipe and each ingredient. This helps you better understand the correlation that medical research is suggesting between foods and benefits to various health goals. Our scoring system is based on REAL RESEARCH published on pubmed.gov. This is a website that curates over 25 million different biomedical journals.

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What we consider when creating your scores:

  • 1Type of Study (human, animal, lab, or academic review)
  • 2Amount of Research
  • 3What the Research Says
  • 4How much of the ingredient we use (for the recipes)
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