Monday, July 9, 2007
Almonds: Give Me Some Skin!
If you're a health nut *cough* =), munch on almonds with the skin they're in!
The skins give almonds extra heart-protection powers, especially if you take some vitamin E or vitamin C to boot. So what's in the skin?
Almonds abound with heart-healthy goodies, including vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, arginine, potassium, and fiber. The skins add even more nutrition: They're bursting with flavonoids that help protect cells from oxidation and inflammation.
In a lab study, almond-skin flavonoids helped prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and that's a very good thing, because when LDL oxidizes, it can lead to heart attack. Adding vitamins E and C enhanced the effect by working synergistically with the almond-skin flavonoids.
courtesy of real age networks.