Almonds are fast becoming a preferred snack in many households, and it’s easy to see why. Right now in Fresno County, California; harvest has just begun where it is a billion dollar business in that area.
Aside from the dramatic evidence to suggest they reduce cardiovascular disease and diabetes, this south-west Asian and Middle Eastern delight also boast several other health benefits.
However, in oil form, the benefits are that much more noticeable and enhanced. If you ever want to use this oil in a cream mixture, then make sure to take a sneak peak at this link where I explain the different mixtures you can use.
Below are just 4 of the many benefits
It regulates your cholesterol levels
Did you know there are two kinds of cholesterol – good and bad? Almond oil can help raise your good cholesterol levels and lowers your bad cholesterol in the process. This results in an overall naturally lower cholesterol level. This is because almonds are full of unsaturated fats and Vitamin E, both which allow oxygen and nutrients to flow freely through your blood.
It can greatly reduce the risk of heart disease
Chronic inflammation is often the leading cause of high cholesterol and heart disease. Because almonds feature anti-inflammatory properties, they reduce chronic inflammation which, in turn, reduces the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol. Simply add a few drops of almond oil to your meals every day, and start to notice the drastic change in your health.
It can help your skin
While most skin care products claim to feature premium levels of vitamin E for skin health, why not get it directly from the source? Almond oil is mild, it’s hypoallergenic, and it’s suitable for most skin types – adults, babies and children. Because it’s light, it’s easily absorbed by the skin and can help reduce sun damage while leaving your skin feeling soft and supple.
The best part is, almond oil in most cases is far cheaper than several skincare products.
It’s good for your hair
If you’re experiencing hair loss or damaged hair, a few drops of almond oil can make a huge difference. Almond oil works by adding a level of silkiness, all the while nourishing your scalp. It also gives your hair that lovely shiny appearance and infuses magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E.
Too much of a good thing
There is such a thing as “too much of a good thing” and unfortunately this also applies to almond oil. Although it’s exceptionally good for you in small doses, it’s not so beneficial in large doses.
Side effects of excessive almond oil use are:
Weight gain – Almonds are full of fat and calories, and although it’s the good kind of fat, it’s still fat nonetheless. Health professionals recommend people should only consume around 1 ounce of almond oil with each serving, and no more than 3 ounces per day. To counteract weight gain, it may pay to reduce your fat intake in other foods while you give almond oil a try.
Medicine interruptions – If you’re on antibiotics, antacids, laxatives or even vitamins, tread carefully with almond oil use. Because almond oil is so rich in manganese, it can allow you to inadvertently overdose on it which counteracts the effectiveness of other medications.
Gastrointestinal troubles – Even though almond oil is used to reduce the risk of constipation, too much of it can actually have the opposite effect. It can end up causing bloating and constipation. If you find yourself suffering from this problem, drink plenty of water and eat high-fiber foods to get your bowel movements kickstarted again.