Almonds are known for their health benefits like controlling cholesterol and blood sugar levels. But it’s not just that, almonds are also known as ‘brain food’, as they boost brain power. However, not many know about their potent effect on wrinkles. A pilot study by researchers at the University of California has found that daily consumption of almonds, instead of other nut-free snacks, can help keep a check on wrinkles in postmenopausal women. The study is the first of its kind to examine almonds’ effects on skin health. Skin assessments were made at the beginning of the study, and again at the end of four weeks, eight weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks. By the end of the study, photographic image analysis showed significant improvement among participants who snacked on almonds daily. Bangalore Times spoke to experts in the city about this anti-aging benefit of almonds and here is what they said.
Best age-defying food
Speaking about the benefits of almonds, Bengaluru-based dermatologist Dr Shoba Sudeep says, “Almonds have been known as the best age-defying food. It has a wide range of vital elements like soluble and insoluble fibre, protein, omega 3 fatty acids, omega 6 fatty acids, zinc, calcium, magnesium and vitamin E, which along with its antioxidants, eliminate harmful free radicals from the body. And thus provide anti-ageing benefits.”
Good for postmenopausal women “Food, as a means of promoting skin health, is of great interest for those looking for options for healthy aging,” says Dr Raja Sivamani, an integrative dermatologist. “It’s also a growing area of scientific research. Almonds are a rich source of antioxidant vitamin E and provide essential fatty acids and polyphenols. They’re a smart choice for overall good nutrition. Almonds can be of great benefit when consumed as part of a healthy aging diet, especially for post-menopausal women,” he elaborates.
Helps repair damaged skin
“Almonds help repair damaged skin internally, and they also accelerate the formation of new cells. Hence, the time and texture of skin are enhanced considerably. The omega 3 fatty acids in almonds help strengthen the skin cell membrane,” says Dr Shoba.