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A winning team of nutritional components

A winning team of nutritional components that help reduce cholesterol levels

Good source of protein and arginine

Although almonds are known for their unique fatty acid profile, nearly 15% of their energy comes from protein, making them a good source of protein. Almonds contain about 21 grams of protein per 100 grams. Dietary patterns that partially replace carbohydrates in proteins have been found to have positive effects on blood LDL levels, both in people with normal blood cholesterol levels and in people with high blood cholesterol levels.

In this context, it should be noted that the amino acid arginine is common in almonds and nuts. In addition to arginine being a nitric oxide – a laxative and dilating blood vessel, arginine may have a cholesterol-lowering effect. In a 5-week controlled feeding study in subjects receiving either arginine supplementation (1.2 g) or placebo, significant reductions were found in both total cholesterol and LDL levels in the arginine group.

 

A good source of dietary fiber

Almonds are a rich source of dietary fiber, which also contributes to lowering cholesterol. Within the nut group, almonds have the highest dietary fiber content – 12.5 oz to 100 oz.The role that insoluble fiber plays in boosting satiety and reducing food intake may be another mechanism where almonds reduce LDL levels.

 

A good source of phytosterols

Phytosterols are a group of components that inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine, thus helping to lower blood cholesterol levels. Almonds contain about 200 mg of phytosterols per 100 g – a high content relative to most other nuts. Phytosterols may explain some of the effects of reducing cholesterol intake of nuts beyond that attributed to changes in fatty acid composition.

 

Of course, the plethora of other almond components also contributes to maintaining blood and heart health: for example, the composition The minerals Contributes to the prevention of hypertension,vitaminEFound in almonds in the highest amount – 50% of it is recommended at a dose of 30 g, Contributes to the protection of harmful oxidative processes such as LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and more.

 

Given the health benefits of almonds, theFDA Than to almond growers attributing their consumption to heart health: “There is scientific evidence that almond consumption[1] As part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, it can reduce the risk of heart disease. “

[1] Nuts in general

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