Latin name: Prunus amygdalus
Sanskrit/Indian name: Vatadha, Badam
Originating from North Africa and West Asia, Almonds are considered to be one of the most nutritious nuts. The Greeks were the first to realize the potential benefits of Almond and began its cultivation. Packed with nutrients and beneficial compounds, Almonds help maintain heart and skin health. They are used widely across the globe as a principal ingredient in many healthcare and skincare products.
Therapeutic constituents:Almond kernel is a demulcent, which is an agent that forms a soothing film over mucus membranes, relieving minor pain and inflammation. Almond skin is rich in antioxidant flavanoids while the fruit is rich in magnesium, which promotes blood circulation. It also contains the chemical selenium and vitamin E, both of which are known to benefit the skin.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- Almonds promote cardiovascular health because of the high levels of monounsaturated fat in the nut, which is known to reduce the risk of heart disease. The high content of potassium in Almonds helps maintain normal blood pressure levels, as well as heart rate.
- The vitamin E and selenium in Almonds are useful in fighting the aging process. The oil also prevents the formation of premature wrinkles, pimples and dry skin. Almond oil is recommended for a wide range of hair problems, such as dandruff and hairfall. It also promotes hair growth and combats premature graying.