Nuts have long since been established as a snack time staple. But few realize just how healthy of a snack they are.
In fact, there’s one nut in particular that could save your life.
All you have to do is eat 3 ounces a day.
In a single ounce of almonds, you get 3.5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and 9 grams of healthy unsaturated fats.
And the best part? There are only 161 calories per serving!
Almonds also contain antioxidants, manganese, magnesium, vitamin E, vitamin B2, copper, and phosphorus.
You may think, ‘that’s great, but how does that save my life?’
Let me explain.
First, if you are diabetic, magnesium probably rings a bell.
Magnesium affects blood sugar levels, and can help balance deficiencies, subsequently raising insulin levels. So, if you are diabetic, it’s time to snack on some almonds!
Not to mention magnesium also lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
Another miracle element of almonds is the high levels of antioxidants found in their outer layer (so make sure to leave the skin on!).
Antioxidants relieve oxidant stress, which is know to cause inflammation, increased aging, and even cancer.
In one study of a group of 60 smokers—smoking increases oxidant stress exponentially—eating 3 ounces of almonds a day for 4 weeks lowered their oxidative stress by 23-34%!
If that’s not enough to convince you, here’s the real kicker: a single ounce of almonds contains 37% of your daily values of vitamin E.
Vitamin E, beyond just giving your body the general nutrients it needs to function, is known to reduce your chances of contracting heart disease, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease!
So, with just 3 ounces, you can get 100% of your daily need for vitamin E, and effectively stave off these life-threatening diseases in addition to decreasing your oxidant stress levels.
And, if you want yet another reason to eat a few almonds a day, the high levels of nutrients in almonds are proven to reduce hunger and increase metabolisms, meaning that just a few of these little nuts a day can be the key to weight loss!
If you want a miracle pill, it doesn’t get any better than this.