Like. Share. Subscribe. (music) (music) Almonds are amazing! They are a complete food source that can greatly
improve your health and well-being. They are good for the brain, the heart, the
skin, they can regulate blood pressure and cholesterol,
prevent cancer, protect against diabetes, assist weight loss,
prevent constipation, and boost your energy. But you should soak them in water, to make
them easy to digest, especially for young children and people over
51. (music) Almonds contain an enzyme inhibitor in their
brown skin that protects it until the proper levels of sunlight and moisture allow it to
germinate. Since the nut does not release its enzymes
until those conditions have been reached, eating almonds without removing the inhibitor
limits the nutrients your body can absorb and makes the almond difficult to digest. By soaking almonds, you provide the moisture that makes the almond shed its skin and release its enzymes. Soaking almonds does more than make them easier
to digest and increase the amount of nutrients your body can absorb. It also changes the texture of the almond
and makes them easier to chew. This is of particular benefit to young children and seniors, who should avoid hard to chew foods, as they can be a choking hazard for these
age groups. (music) All you need are raw (as in untreated) Almonds, filtered or distilled water and a large bowl. Use organic almonds, if possible. Place the almonds in the bowl and cover them with 2 cups of water per 1/2 cup of almonds. Soak the almonds overnight, then drain and
store them in the refrigerator using plastic bags or jars. Almonds will remain fresh for up to one week
after soaking, with proper storage. The benefits of almonds can be unlocked further
by taking soaking to the next level and actually sprouting your nuts. Sprouted almonds are softer, moister and sweeter,
as well as being easier to digest. Sprouting almonds is also the only way to
release lipase, an enzyme which digests fat. To sprout almonds, soak your almonds overnight
for 10 to 12 hours, rinse and place them in glass jar with a lid
in the refrigerator. It generally takes between one and three days
for the almonds to sprout and you can expect a 1/8-inch or 3mm sprout to grow. (music) Almonds are an excellent source of nutrients
which assist brain development, which is why they are considered an essential
food item for pregnant women and growing children. Zinc is a mineral that boosts immune system
function, which may prevent bacterial and viral infections
that can damage brain cells. This mineral is also an antioxidant, and may
protect brain cells from attack by free radical molecules and oxidated lipids in your bloodstream. These benefits of zinc are believed to help
maintain brain function and prevent memory loss. Vitamin B-6, also called pyridoxine, aids
the metabolism of proteins. This is believed to increase the availability
of proteins for brain cell repair. Vitamin B-6 also promotes the production of
neurotransmitter chemicals, which improve communication between brain
cells. Comprised of three chemically distinct compounds– pyridoxine, pyridoxinal, and pyridoxamine– Vitamin B6 is involved in the regulation of
mental function and mood. It is also an essential homocysteine re-methylation
co-factor, and its deficiency is associated with an increase
in blood homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is a risk factor for cerebrovascular
disease and may also have directly toxic effects on neurons of the central nervous system. Neuropsychiatric disorders including seizures,
migraine, chronic pain and depression have been linked
to Vitamin B6 deficiency. For more information on Vitamin B6, read the October 2016 article “The Brain
Benefits of Vitamin B6”. You’ll find the link in the description box
below. Phenylalanine is shown to work in conjunction
with our cognitive processes and supports healthy neurological function. This chemical very easily passes through our
blood-brain barrier and makes our brain produce our natural mood
stabilizing hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline and dopamine. These same hormones also help reduce pain
in the body. While studies are still on going, it is believed
that almonds may also help treat some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Almonds also contain the brain boosting nutrients
Riboflavin and L-Carnitine. Riboflavin is crucial to brain and nerve function, because without it, we cannot maintain mental
or cognitive health. L-Carnitine is important for the brain because
it helps make it possible for our brain to metabolize acetyl-L-carnitinetransferase which
supports choline metabolism. Our brain utilizes choline to prevent any
neuronal degeneration. The L-carnitine that is found in almonds and other nuts also helps in the release of acetylcholine, which is essential for good memory. (music) A Loma Linda School of Public Health study
showed that those who consumed Almonds five times a week reduced their risk of heart attack
by 50%. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fat and have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol). Almonds contain Potassium, which decreases
the amount of sodium in your body, which helps reduce your blood pressure. (music) Almonds are low in saturated fat and contain
many other protective nutrients. Calcium and magnesium for strong bones, vitamin
E and compounds called phytochemicals, which help protect against both cardiovascular disease
and cancer. Almonds appear to be a Phytochemical Powerhouse. Dr. Gary Beecher, of the USDA-ARS, has analyzed
the phytochemical content of almonds and stated, “I have never seen this diversity of phytochemicals
in a single food source.” (music) Researchers have found that a diet rich in
almonds will reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, as well as help those who
already have it. One of the studies, published in the journal,
Metabolism (I’ve included a link in the description box below), showed that consuming an ounce of almonds
right before eating a high-starch meal brought a 30% reduction in post-meal glucose levels
for patients with type 2 diabetes, compared with a 7% reduction for non-diabetics. In addition, after overnight fasting, patients
with type 2 diabetes, whose meal contained almonds, had a lowering of blood sugar levels
after their meal. The effect of regular almond consumption on
blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes was also investigated, with the daily consumption of one ounce of
almonds over a 12-week period being associated with a 4% reduction in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and the same reduction in body mass index
(BMI). The second study, which was published in Diabetes
Care, revealed that nuts such as almonds could help to maintain healthy levels of blood glucose
and cholesterol for both men and post-menopausal women who suffer from type 2 diabetes. Considering over 16 million Americans are
currently pre-diabetic, supplementing their diet with almonds is an excellent idea. (music) With more fiber and calcium than any other
nut, almonds are not only a great snack for the health conscious, they help prevent constipation and make you
feel full – both are important for weight loss. In addition, the cell walls of the Almond
are hard to break down, so the fat inside isn’t easily absorbed by
the body. Also a new USDA study shows that Almonds contain
129 calories per ounce, which is 24% less than previously thought. (music) Almonds contain MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty
acids) – also known as “good fats”, calcium, zinc, iron, protein, all of which are proven energy boosters. Their manganese, riboflavin and copper content also help provide Almonds’ reputed instant energy boost. (music) There are two major types of almonds available
in the United States: sweet almonds and bitter almonds. Sweet almonds may be eaten either raw or roasted. Bitter almonds cannot be consumed raw. They contain hydrocyanic acid and hydrogen cyanide, both of which are toxic to the Human body. These chemicals must be removed during processing before bitter almonds are safe to consume. Consuming just 1oz. of raw bitter almonds
can be fatal. The most popular Almond varieties in the United
States are: Nonpareil Almonds – which were created by
scientist A.T. Hatch in 1879. They are quite common, making up more than
half of the Almond crops in California. Probably because the Nonpareil variety yields a high count of almonds, and are thus good for trade. And because they have thin, smooth shells,
they are easy to blanch. Mission Almonds were developed in Texas in the late-19th century and were originally called Texas Almonds. These almonds are smaller than other varieties, but come with a thick shell. Mission almonds are also darker than other types of almonds, featuring a brownish-red shell. These almonds have a strong and robust taste; accordingly, they are often used in dessert dishes, including ice cream. Mission almonds are not blanched, since they
wrinkle easily. California Almonds are actually a class of
almond which includes several smaller, versatile varieties of the nut. Each of these varieties is conducive to blanching
and features shells that are a bit darker than the nonpareil, and of medium thickness. The versatility of these almonds means that
they are easily processed, making them popular for manufactured food
products as well as consumption on their own. Carmel Almonds were originally considered
to be a member of the California class of almond varieties, when they were first developed
in 1966. However, Carmel Almonds became more popular
and were then given their own classification as a distinct variety. These almonds are soft-shelled and can be
both blanched and roasted. They are also easily processed, so they are
used in manufactured goods, eaten on their own and can be substituted for other varieties,
such as nonpareil almonds. Despite the title of this series, Almonds
are not really nuts. They are actually seeds, but they are widely
considered nuts. For more information on Almonds and their
health benefits, visit my blog Holistic Health & Living. You’ll find the link in the description box
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