Friday, 11 September 2009

Going NUTS!!!!

So with the healthy diet thing going strong, and I am now eating a lot of nuts too (I'm turning into a squirrel), I've been reading up a lot on Almonds as they're the ones I prefer to eat.
I've found out that these lovely nuts are little miracle workers (kinda).

So what's in these Almonds?
  • They're a great source of Vitamin E.
  • They have a good amount of Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Iron, Fiber and are a good source of the healthy monounsaturated fat.
  • They contain more Calcium than any other nut (so a good way for vegans to get their calcium).
  • An once of Almonds contain 12percent of your daily recommended intake of protein (which is good for me as I'm a veggie).
  • They're a great source of folic acid
  • They also contain the controversial anti-cancer nutrient Amygdalin, also known as B17.

  • Eating a handful of almonds a day can promote lower cholesterol.
  • Can help weight loss
  • Can reduce heart disease.
  • Build strong bones and teeth with the phosphorus in almonds.
  • Almonds help with controlling diabetes, as they have the power to lower blood sugar content.
  • Provide necessary antioxidants to help clean up the free radicals in the body.
  • They can increase brainpower, stabilize your mood and even relieve the aging process. They contain phenylalanine, which helps our cognitive processes and supports healthy neurological function. They also contain nutrientriboflavin and L-carnitine which are brain boosters and give good memory.

Then we come to the oil and the Indian traditional medicine Ayurveda who have been using Almond oil for the following benefits for hundreds of years.
  • Strengthens brain and nerves.
  • Relieves tension.
  • Strengthens brain power.
  • Good for heart.
  • Keeps body warm in the winter.
  • Nourishes skin.
  • Prenatal and postnatal care.
  • Helps build stronger bones.
  • Good for infants.
  • Improves body strength.
  • Constipation
  • Helps hair loss when massaged into the scalp, can also prevent hair graying.
So anyway after reading all this good stuff about almonds, I've been looking into Almond Face masks. I have a lot of blackheads on my nose, that just don't go away, they've even withstood the wrath of dermalogicas Microfoliant, so now I'm going to start this almond face mask twice a week, as I've heard that almonds will draw out impurities like blackheads.

So I mixed some ground almonds with honey and milk, into a nice paste and I applied it to my face for 20mins.
My nose does feel smoother, but time will only tell.
I shall keep you updated as to whether this mask works.

Anyway that was a much longer post than I expected to write. and it did take some time finding all the benefits for you and things.
I hope you've enjoyed reading this, and hasn't sent you off you to sleep :P


  1. almonds do so many good things for your health and skin and such!

    i really need to buy just a bag full of almonds! maybe if i have them around my house ill reach for those instead of a fatty bag of potato chips!

  2. I love almonds, and eating them with honey, LOL
    I haven't tried the mask with almonds but will give it a go. Thanks for the useful info!
    Oh and I'm following you =)

  3. @ Nicole, I keep a packet of almonds by my computer so I don't sneak off for sneaky pizza and cheese on toast,lol. I've run out of almonds tonight :( I'll have to get more tomorrow.

    @lipglossgossip, thanks, its great when something so nice to eat is good for you :)

    @marcela, thanks for following my blog, yipee :)
    I've never tried honey and almonds, but I think it would be really nice with greek yogurt or something, I'm hungry now. :)


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