Almonds, sometimes referred to as “the king of nuts”, are a very valuable food and a significant source of nutrients.
There are two varieties of almonds: sweet and bitter. Bitter almonds are not suitable for human consumption, and contain prussic acid, which is a poison. They are, however, used in beauty products and cosmetics.
Among the nut and seed foods, almonds are certainly one of the most healthy. They contain significant amounts of protein, calcium, iron and phosphorus, and also Vitamin B. Almonds are rich in unsaturated fatty acid, which is most beneficial in lowering the cholesterol levels.
The best way to use almonds is to make almond milk. The preparation is simple, first the almonds must be soaked, then the skin peeled off, after which the almonds are ground into a smooth paste. This can be used as butter, especially suited for vegetarians and vegans and for older people, who generally lack protein. For the milk, water is added to the paste forming a liquid similar to milk. Almond milk is recommended for people who are lactose intolerant and it is generally more easily digested than cow’s milk.
The medicinal and nutritive values of almonds come mostly from the synergy of some of their contents - iron, phosphorus, copper and Vitamin B. Working together, they help improve the functioning of the nervous system and also improve the formation of new blood cells.
Almonds are widely used in cosmetics, both in industrial and in home-made products. They really helps reduce wrinkles, moisturize the skin and fight blemishes. It is believed to help increase hair growth and to soothe the scalp as well.
Almonds should always be chewed well and it is not advised to eat them after meals. Their skin should always be removed, which can be simply done by soaking them in water for a few hours. Almonds are not to be considered a dietetic food, because of their high calorific value. It is best to combine them with turnips, lettuce, apples and cucumbers.
As for their medicinal value, almonds have shown to be helpful with anemia, thanks to their high content of organic copper, which is a catalyst in the synthesis of hemoglobin. They can also be used as a cure for chronic constipation.
10 to 15 kernels at bedtime will stimulate bowel movements in the morning. The regular use of almonds can also help improve sexual vigor. Locally applied, a cream prepared from wild almond leaves and water helps treat eczema and similar skin conditions. Almonds are used even for treating pimples. For this purpose, the hard cover of the seed is ground with some water and applied directly. Almond oil helps relieve the pain and burn in inflammatory skin conditions as well.