I am not certain that you have heard that almonds are nature’s cure for many things. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration even admitted this in 2003 when they approved a limited health claim for almonds saying that those that consumed them could lower their risk of heart disease.
Studies have proven that consuming almonds, in combination with other heart-healthy foods, helps to lower the ‘bad’ cholesterol levels or the LDLs as much as when a person is prescribed a first-line statin drug. It has been proven that these wonderful nuts have the ability to lower LDLs by nearly seven percent and overall cholesterol levels by five percent. That is a vast difference and can help those elders that have a lower risk of heart disease not have to rely on prescription drugs in some cases.
In addition to helping keep cholesterol somewhat at bay, almonds also reduce inflammation, help with memory and work as a preventative for colon cancer. These little babies are a one-stop shop!
One thing Mr. Grotto warns though is that those purchasing almonds make certain that they are the real deal. Evidently some importers believe that they can get away with marketing apricot kernels as almonds. They look similar but their taste and health benefits cannot compete. Make certain that you shop at reputable dealers and check labels to avoid these issues.
Otherwise, Dave highly recommends these little beauties for overall health benefits. Check out more information on almonds in his book 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life!
And, caregivers, don’t forget that With Age Comes Respect so check out this suggestion and more to help your senior feel at the top of their game.