CONTRIBUTED BY Varsha Nautiyal

Who doesn’t like superfoods? From weight loss and energy gain to a sharp mind and glowing skin, soaked almonds have a wide range of benefits for children, young ones and elderly including males as well as females. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc etc, these nuts are no less than superfoods.

As you read, you will understand that soaked almonds are more beneficial than raw ones and that there’s a lot more than good memory that they can offer. So read along and know why you should take up this habit right away.

  1. Better absorption of nutrients

Not many of us know that the brown peel of almonds contains tannin which keeps the nut from germination until optimum moisture condition is present. When almonds are steeped in water, the inhibitor is deactivated and the nut becomes more nutritive in the presence of moisture. So, naturally, soaked almonds become a greater source of nutrients.

  1. Controlled high blood pressure

Scientists have researched and found that consuming soaked almonds on a regular basis increases the amount of alpha-tocopherol in the blood. It is a compound which plays a key role in maintaining optimum blood pressure. Studies have also indicated toward a therapeutic effect on hypertension which is especially significant in men between the age of 30 and 70.

  1. An easy supplement of nutrients to the elderly and young children

Almonds when soaked in water become softer and easier to chew. This is of particular benefit to young children and elderly people who cannot chew hard food yet require sufficient amount of nutrients. So if you have seniors or kids in your family, be sure to provide them soaked almonds daily. Enzyme lipase released by these nuts also helps in the digestion of fats.

  1. These nuts are a key to healthy heart

Soaked almonds are potent antioxidant agents that prevent the oxidation of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. This protects the heart and entire cardiovascular system from the ill-effects of oxidative stress. High cholesterol level, which is one of the most common ailments in India, is the major cause of blockages in arteries and other heart diseases. Soaked almonds keep a check on the LDL cholesterol which is considered as “bad cholesterol” for health.

  1. Cancer prevention

The risk of prostate and breast cancer can be greatly reduced just by eating soaked almonds daily. The flavonoid and Vitamin E content prevents the growth in the tumor. Soaked almonds also contain Vitamin B17 which helps in fighting against cancer. Hence, there’s a possibility of increased life expectancy due to a reduction in the risk of cancer.

  1. Growth of an unborn child’s brain

Soaked almonds are a great source of folic acid- an essential vitamin for the proper development of fetus’ neurological system and prevention of any birth defects. So chances are that the infant would grow up to be a sharp-minded child. An additional benefit is that when soaked, these nuts are easy to digest so they don’t overload pregnant women’s already sluggish digestive system and provide them with vital nutrients at the same time.

  1. Delayed aging and prevention of inflammation

Vitamin E present in soaked almonds makes them good antioxidants. Vitamin E inhibits free radical damage which in turn prevents inflammation and early aging. So it’s really helpful in keeping the freshness of the skin intact and reducing the undermining health effects of inflammation.

Now you know that putting a little effort in soaking almonds before going to bed is absolutely worth it. Having the daily share of nutrition every morning will definitely show positive results.

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