The evidence is overwhelming that almonds can help lower LDL-cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. On top of that they are incredibly convenient, requiring no preparation. Why do these little nuts pack such a big punch? Read on to find out.
- Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, but low in saturated fat (the bad kind). Monounsaturated fats are the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, and they’ve been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
- Almonds are packed with a whopping 247 milligrams of magnesium per cup. Magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker, cleaning out veins and arteries and helping them relax, which lessens resistance and improves the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body.
- Almonds are loaded with potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte with a critical job: helping your heart beat. Potassium helps trigger your heart’s squeeze of blood through your body, and helps to promote normal blood pressure.
- Almonds are high in Vitamin E. Two landmark studies followed a total of 125,000 men and women, concluding those who supplement with at least 100 IU of vitamin E daily reduced their risk of heart disease by 59 to 66%.1, 2
So next time you’re in the supermarket, grab some almonds and do something good for your heart!
1 Stampfer MJ, Hennekens CH, Manson JE, Colditz GA, Rosner B, Willett WC. Vitamin E consumption and the risk of coronary disease in women. N Engl J Med. 1993;328:1444-1449.
2 Rimm EB, Stampfer MJ,Ascherio A, Giovannucci E, Colditz GA, Willett WC. Vitamin E consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease in men. N Engl J Med. 1993;328:1450-1456.