Almonds are part of a select group of nuts, known for their benefits for cardiovascular and brain health, thanks to the presence of unsaturated acids, fiber, vitamins and plant sterols.
This particular seed helps reduce levels of unhealthy cholesterol, specifically, “low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad)” cholesterol and triglycerides, which can block arteries,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
Likewise, it also has benefits that help good brain development and growth at a cognitive level, which also contributes to the optimal structural functioning of memory.
According to the ‘Journal of Nutrition and Ageing’, almonds contain phytochemicals that act as antioxidants in the brain, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 and vitamin E, which can fight inflammation and age-related brain deterioration.
Although almonds are a food recommended in several diets, due to their outstanding properties, it is important to take into account not to exceed their consumption. As in everything, the abuse of its intake can be detrimental to health. In fact, some risks may occur if not digested in adequate amounts.
Vitamin E overload #
Although an overabundance of vitamin E in the body is not very common, it can be caused by an excess of vitamin E supplementation, and the effects can range from constant fatigue to diarrhea and nausea if left untreated.
According to the health blog of the insurance company ‘Mapfre’, the possible overdose of this nutrient in the organism, in its most alarming state, can decrease blood clotting capacity and cause hemorrhages. “Therefore, the limit for natural vitamin E supplements is 1,500 IU/day or 1,100 IU/day in its synthetic presentation (in adults). Some studies show that even with values lower than these, there is a health risk.”
Intestinal distress #
Like beans or whole grains, almonds have a high fiber content that contributes to digestion, however, a prolonged consumption in excess of the same, then cause intestinal distention.
According to Sandra J. Arévalo Valencia, director of Community Health and Wellness at Montefiore Nyack Hospital in New York, an excess of fiber increases the sensation of fullness and stomach bulging.
“The high fiber content of legumes and some other foods can cause bloating and pain during digestion,” says the specialist in an interview with ‘AARP’.
Interaction with drugs #
Drug-drug interaction refers to the reaction of a medicine by the action of one (or more) drugs or between a drug and a food when administered together.
Like the rest of the nuts, almonds also have in their composition minerals such as manganese, which can interfere with the expected effects of a medication if its intake is exaggerated, according to the YouTube channel specialized in health ‘Nutrisa’.
Remember to consult with your specialist for any concerns or doubts regarding the consumption of this nut, in order to receive appropriate advice and avoid any adverse consequences.