Soaked Almonds Healthier Than Raw Almonds
Almonds are one of the most nutrition rich nuts. Some important nutrients it provides are both insoluble and soluble fiber, omega 3-and 6-fatty acids, vitamin E, calcium, good fat, mineral and other phytonutrients. But did you know that the health benefits of having soaked almonds outnumber the ones of having the raw almonds. One of the major reasons is the brown skin of the almond which contains an enzyme inhibitor meant for protection of seeds until thy are ready for germination. But the human body cannot easily breakdown this enzyme inhibiting compound making not only the digestion difficult but also restricting the absorption of nutrients present in the almonds. But when you soak the almonds, the outer brown skin comes off easily and the nutrients from the nut are easily absorbed by our body and also eases out the digestion of these nuts.
Experts suggest that ideally almonds should be soaked for at least 8 hours before eating. Having 4 -6 peeled almonds soaked in water will do a lot of good for your overall health. Soaked almond will do better to reduce the cholesterol of Low density lipoprotein. Study reported that eating soaked almond may elevate the level of High Density Lipoprotein or good fat in blood and reduce the bad fat that can cause many other disease. In addition to lowering bad cholesterol, soaked almonds also release nutrients like potassium and magnesium which are essential to a healthy cardiovascular system.
Almonds which are soaked overnight contains many substance that can prevent the body from building atherosclerosis or plaque in arteries wall. Folic acid and Vitamin E in also play important role in this function. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which can inhibit cholesterol to be oxidized and build plaque. While folic acid reduce homocystein level that is a protein which contribute in atherosclerosis development. A soaked almond releases the essential fats it contains far more easily. These essential fatty acids play a big role in cognitive function, like memory. Experts believe that eating between 4-6 soaked almonds daily energize your brain. Almond can help to reduce the risk of stroke by keeping healthy heart beat and maintain normal blood pressure. High blood pressure and abnormal heart are the major causes of stroke that may result in paralyzed body and disabilities.
Soaked almonds also have some amazing beauty benefits as well. Healthy, lustrous hair can be achieved by regular ingestion of soaked almonds. Almonds are rich in proteins that are necessary for hair strength, development of new hair follicles and to prevent hair loss. They not only make the skin soft and moist but also prevent and reduce inflammation of acne which is caused by P acne bacteria infection. You can also make a face pack to get rid of the acne by just grinding few soaked almonds and mix it with honey and apply on the skin and leave it for a while. Wash it off with warm water and you will see the difference of the face pack after regular use.