Almonds are one of the popular dry fruits that are loaded with nutrients. Be it eating soaked almonds early in the morning or snacking on a fistful of almonds in the evening, almonds are undoubtedly one of the best ways to stay healthy. However, off late, it is not just almonds but almond oil which is gaining popularity.
You might have seen TV commercials which shed light on the hair care benefits of almond oil or might have come across tips where almond oil is good for the heart. So what exactly is almond oil and what role does it play in keeping you healthy? Well, in this article, we shed light on some of the amazing health benefits of almond oil and ways to use it to reap its benefits.
What is almond oil?
Almonds are a rich source of fats, which make them a perfect source for oil. Sweet almonds, which are the edible ones are processed to make the oil which is commercially used in various foods, oils and cosmetics. Refined almond oil is extracted using heat-processing techniques and chemicals which makes it nutritionally less dense as compared to whole almonds. Almond oil contains good amounts of monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, Vitamin E and phytosterols.
Health Benefits Of Almond Oil
The presence of unsaturated fats makes almond oil a healthy choice for heart health. Almond oil is also a good source of Vitamin E which makes it beneficial for healthy hair and skin. Here are more reasons why almond oil if good for skin, hair and health.
1. Keeps Your Heart Healthy
Did you know that almond oil contains good amount monounsaturated fats Monounsaturated fats are known as good fats which can help increase the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol) or good cholesterol. It can also help lower the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol) or bad cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol are not considered good for heart health HDL cholesterol is good for heart health. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, a diet rich in almond oil not was reported to significantly lowered LDL and total cholesterol level but also improved the HDL level. You can use this oil for salad dressing or add it over pasta to up the health quotient.
2. Boosts Memory And Brain Health
Ever wondered why our folks always insisted on starting our day with soaked almonds? Well, the reason being almonds are loaded with essential fatty acids such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants such as Vitamin E and minerals such as magnesium and selenium, which make it a complete brain food. These nuts may also help to sharpen the memory. And the same applies to almond oil as a teaspoon of almond oil has more nutrients than a single almond. Adding a few drops of almond oil to a glass of milk or warm water can not only improve your cognitive function but also promote overall brain health. So the next time you visit a supermarket or buy online, do check out almond oil for sure!
3. Aids In Relieving Constipation
Constipation is a common digestive problem that affects people of all ages, although it is quite common in elders. But the next time you suffer from it, try almond oil as it is known to act as a mild laxative and help ease constipation. According to a 2012 study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, almond oil works as a stool softener when taken in slightly higher doses than that of the absorptive capacity of the small intestine. Stool softeners are the products that make the stool soft by forming an emulsion of the feces with lipids and water. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of almond oil to a glass of milk and drink it before bed to relieve constipation!
4. Helps Reduce Skin Blemishes/Damage
Almond oil is commonly used in many beauty products, thanks to its antioxidant and moisturizing properties. Vitamin E present in almond oil helps reduce the occurrence of acne and clear skin blemishes and makes the skin smooth and clean. Moreover, it helps protects the skin from sun damage and prevents premature ageing of the skin. The moisturizing effects of almond oil are useful in dry or sensitive skin. Use almond oil as a moisturizer before hitting the bed or rub it on the dark, rough and dry areas for a smooth and healthy skin!
5. Helps Promote Hair Growth
The mild and soothing properties of almond oil make it a good choice for hair care. Vitamin E acts as a powerful antioxidant which clears toxins and can help in preventing hair fall. Almond oil can help retain the moisture in the hair and prevents dry hair, thereby help promoting hair growth. This oil can work as a nourishing massage oil which can help promote hair growth and make your hair shiny and frizz-free. Make almond oil a part of your regular hair care routine by indulging in an oil massage or adding it to your hair pack for smooth and shiny locks!
(The article is reviewed by Dr. Swati Mishra, Medical Editor)
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