5 Benefits of Almond Oil
Almonds are full of nutritional goodness and have many benefits for us. In this post we will look at just 5 benefits of almond oil, but there are many, many more.
You can get sweet or bitter almonds and they both have their benefits. However, bitter almonds are more difficult to come by, and can be toxic in some cases. So, we will be talking about sweet almonds, as they’re what we commonly use in foods, oils and cosmetic products.
It’s also important that we get unrefined almond oil. If it’s refined, it’s been through a process that uses high heat temperatures, which can greatly reduce the nutrient content. Almond oil is full of vitamins, minerals, proteins and healthy fats, it’s also known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Due to this, it has been used for hundreds of years to treat skin conditions, and to keep the skin healthy.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits we can gain from using almond oil.
5 benefits of almond oil
1. high in vitamins and Antioxidants
Almond oil contains vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K, all of which have beneficial properties for the skin. These include healing scars and stretchmarks, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, and healing skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. It helps protect the body from harmful free radicals which can cause all kinds of health issues, as well as premature aging.
Full of minerals such as magnesium, zinc and calcium and omega fatty acids, all of which also benefit the skin, leads to almond oil being a go to for all of your skin issues.
2. good for the skin
With all of the nutritional goodness almond oil has to offer, there’s no wonder it has so many beneficial properties for our skin. It’s emollient properties prevents water loss from the skin, which keeps it well hydrated and therefore moisturised. Due to this, almond oil is particularly good for dry skin, and conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
The unique composition, and the zinc content of almond oil make it a great remedy for healing scars and stretchmarks. If your pregnant, massaging sweet unrefined almond oil into the skin can prevent you from getting stretch marks.
Almond oil is also known for its anti aging properties. The vitamin A helps with preventing and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also good for UV damage and preventing UV damage. It also contains Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant known to delay the signs of aging.
3 good for the hair
The emollient properties also make almond oil really beneficial for the hair. Preventing water loss and locking in moisture. Which is especially beneficial to those who suffer with dry or frizzy hair.
Not only is it good for the hair, it’s also good for the scalp. Massaging almond oil into the hair and scalp will prevent itchy, flaky scalp, split ends and breakages and dry roots.
Biotin is a nutrient associated with promoting hair growth. And yes, it’s found in almond oil. Biotin supplements are popular for preventing hair thinning and promoting hair growth. Massaging the hair with almond oil will bring you similar results. The oleic acid and linoleic acid present in almond oil also helps with strengthening and repairing the hair.
So for super soft, shiny, healthy, youthful looking hair, massage your hair regularly with almond oil.
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4. healthy heart
Almond oil has been shown to lower cholesterol. It’s high in monounsaturated fats which help with improving heart health. High cholesterol can lead to heart disease like stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure.
One study has shown that a group of people that replaced half of their usual fat intake with almond oil over a six week period, resulted in a decrease in total saturated fat and cholesterol intake.
Folic acids and proteins found in almond oil are also beneficial for cardiac health. Introducing almonds into your diet on a regular basis can help balance cholesterol levels.
5. REDUCE inflammation and alleviate pain
Almond oil has anti-inflammatory properties and whether applied topically or ingested, it can target and reduce inflammation in the body. Most nuts are anti-inflammatory, so their oils are also beneficial for inflammation.
Antioxidants such as vitamin E have also been shown to help with chronic inflammation. There is ongoing research into the potential that these antioxidants have to reduce chronic inflammation.
Almond oil has also been known to alleviate pain, and has been used as a natural analgesic to reduce pain in the body.
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