The oil that comes from these delicious tree nuts is commonly used as a natural ingredient in skin and hair care, but few people realize that it may also be good for your health.
This article uncovers how almond oil may benefit your health and how it can be used as a multipurpose, non-toxic beauty treatment.
Almonds are the edible seeds of the Prunus dulcis tree, more commonly known as the almond tree.
They are very rich in fat, making them a perfect source of oil.
A clear to pale yellow oil that is extracted by pressing the ripe seed kernels of the sweet almond tree. The oil is then refined to remove the very slight odour and improve its keeping qualities. It is then blended by the manufacturer with a 10% mixture of other oils (typically hazelnut and apricot but may be others) to use in the cosmetics market.
Almond Oil Nutrition
Although almond oil is not as rich in nutrients as whole almonds, it has nutritional benefits.
Below is the nutritional breakdown of 1 tablespoon (14 grams) of almond oil.
Total fat: 13.5 grams
Saturated fat: 1.1 grams
Monounsaturated fat: 9.4 grams
Polyunsaturated fat: 2.3 grams
Vitamin E: 26% of the RDI
Phytosterols: 35.9 mg
Almond oil is an excellent source of vitamin E and contains a small amount of vitamin K.
Most of the health benefits related to almond oil stem from its high amount of healthy fats.
Fatty Acid Breakdown
Here are the proportions of fatty acids found in almond oil:
Monounsaturated fat: 70%
Polyunsaturated fat: 20%
Saturated fat: 10%
A diet rich in unsaturated fats has been linked to many health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease and obesity.
What’s more, monounsaturated fats may help lower high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease
Diets high in monounsaturated fats have also been linked to a lower risk of certain cancers like endometrial cancer, and they may even help you lose weight .
In fact, a recent review of 24 studies including 1,460 people found that a diet high in monounsaturated fats was more effective than a high-carb diet for weight loss .
Almond oil is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E and unsaturated fats. Diets rich in unsaturated fat may provide some health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease and obesity, and they may aid weight loss.
Uses: Massage Oils, Lotions, Creams, Lip Balms, Emulsions, Butters.
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