Scientifically known as Prunus Dulcis, almond/badam is one of the oldest domesticated fruit trees. Their cultivation started in 4000 BC and is native to South and Central parts of Asia and was popularly grown in California in the 1840s. Almonds are one of the healthiest dry fruits and have many varieties. Mamra almond is the most nutritious almond among all the types.
What is Mamra Almond?
Mamra almond is a special type of almond that is much crispy and crunchier than a regular almond hence the name ‘mamra’ (in Hindi murmura ). They were devoured by the Royals as they have a unique taste, shape, and texture than a normal almond. Mamra badam is popularly grown in Afghanistan, Iran, and India (in Kashmir). They have a specific soil, temperature, and PH requirement for their growth so the production is limited to specific regions only.
What Makes Mamra Almonds so Special?
Mamra almonds are a powerhouse of essential nutrients like proteins, vitamins , minerals, iron,omega 3 fatty acid etc. Below are some of the important benefits of mamra almonds.
Top 10 Health Benefits of Mamra Almonds :
Lowering of cholesterol :
Total cholesterol in our body is a combination of good cholesterol and bad cholesterol.Bad cholesterol makes our body prone to heart diseases while as good cholesterol protects our body against heart diseases and good cholesterol helps to remove bad cholesterol from our body., Studies have shown that eating almonds daily helps in the reduction of bad cholesterol and improves good cholesterol as they are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids.
Beneficial for pregnancy :
Since mamra almonds are a powerhouse of essential nutrients like vitamins, proteins, and fats so consuming mamra almonds daily will ensure that both baby and mother will remain healthy in each trimester. Folic acid in almonds boosts the brain health of the fetus, iron in almonds is good for the immune system and heart of the fetus and several other essential nutrients improve the overall development of the fetus.
Gut improvement :
Registered nutritionist Bonnie Taub says almonds are a great source of fiber. Eating almonds daily can help in digestion, promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, and prevents constipation. Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium are good gut bacteria and their growth was boosted as revealed by a study conducted in 2014 by the Institute of food science and technology in China.
Controls blood pressure:
Today hypertension, also called high blood pressure is increasing day by day and in order to reduce blood pressure, lifestyle modifications and a healthy diet play a major role. As almonds are rich in potassium, and monounsaturated fats, and are sodium-free, so they can prove to be a great snack for controlling high blood pressure.
Research has been conducted in the Institute of food research in Norwich and Italy’s university and it has been found that almond skin contains a naturally occurring chemical that boosts immune health, hence it is recommended to eat a handful of almonds on a daily basis to protect our bodies viruses.
Beneficial for skin:
An Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, was popular for her body, skin, and hair and it was believed that she included almonds in her daily diet and skincare. Eating almonds daily removes dead skin, reduces dark circles, and improves dried skin. Vitamin E is considered to be a powerful antioxidant and almonds are an extremely good source of Vitamin E.
Helps in weight loss:
Studies have revealed that an almond diet assists weight loss even better than a keto diet! Almonds help in the management of hunger as they provide sufficient calories which also helps in the reduction of belly fat as well. A study has been published in the International Journal of Obesity that almonds will assist in your weight loss journey.
Good for bone health:
In order to strengthen bones and reduce joint pain, it is recommended to add mamra almonds to the diet. A study conducted by Ilana D Platt and others in 2011 (Postprandial effects of almond consumption on human osteoclast precursors) revealed that bone mineral density is increased by the consumption of almonds. They are helpful in protecting our bodies against osteoporosis.
Reduces blood sugar levels:
Many studies have suggested that a natural way to reduce blood sugar levels in our bodies is by consuming almonds. Ruchika Jain, a well-known senior dietician, says that a good mid-time snack for diabetes patients is almonds as they contain magnesium. Lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and having mamra badams daily can help to control blood sugar levels in the long run.
Boosts brain health:
Riboflavin and L Carnitine are very important nutrients for good brain health and they both are present in almonds so almonds are the best brain foods available on the market. Also, many studies have been conducted and it has been concluded that almonds improve the memory of an individual if they are consumed daily.
Mamra almonds should be considered an integral part of our diet as they are a bundle of essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates. They are available on KashmirBasket and are 100 % original, directly imported from original producers in Kashmir Valley.