There are many vital health benefits of Almonds, but cholesterol reduction is important among all.Almond contains lot of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and Vitamin E.
A general way is to soak almonds overnight and have them every morning.Adding more to the benefits, researchers from Penn State found that almonds may not only help boost levels of good or HDL cholesterol but also improve the way it removes the cholestero from the body.
The researchers compared the levels and functions of high -density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol) in people who ate almonds every day, to the HDL levels and function of the same group of people when they ate a muffin instead. They found that while participants were on the almond diet, their HDL levels and functionality improved.
Almonds work by gathering cholesterol from tissues, like the arteries, and helping to transport it out of the body. “HDL is very small when it gets released into circulation. It’s like a garbage bag that slowly gets bigger and more spherical as it gathers cholesterol from cells and tissues before depositing them in the liver to be broken down,” said Penny Kris-Etherton, a professor at the Pennsylvania State University.
Research shows that eating almonds resulted in increased a-1 HDL by 19 per cent as well as improved HDL function by 6.4 per cent — indicating a decrease in the overall risk of cardiovascular disease.
A handful of almonds every day is a good addition to your daily healthy diet.