Almond Milk for Heart Health
Supporting Healthy Hearts with Raw Almond Milk
Did you know that almonds are especially beneficial for heart health and that sprouted raw almonds are even more so! There are so many reasons why almonds are a nutritious part of a healthy diet. Here are 5 reasons to drink La Vie Almond Milks:
Almonds help prevent heart disease and heart attacks
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats which have long been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. Monounsaturated fatty acids support heart health and prevent factors of cardiovascular disease. Almonds also have antioxidant flavonoids that work with vitamin E to improve artery health and reduce inflammation.
Almonds are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risks of heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease. Since the human body cannot make omega-3 fatty acids, we have to get them from our diet.
Almonds help reduce cholesterol
People who eat almonds as part of their balanced healthy diet can lower the low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol level in their blood. High LDL is one of the primary causes of heart disease. Almonds reduce cholesterol levels because of phytosterols which work by decreasing the amount of cholesterol absorbed from other food sources through the gastrointestinal tract. Additionally, almonds contain fiber which also helps lower cholesterol levels. Unsaturated fats aren’t just good for your heart, they boost serotonin levels during the day, which in turn help you sleep better at night.
Almonds are rich in L-arginine which is important for efficient blood flow and overall cardiovascular function, and it helps improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow. L-arginine is considered one of the “semi-essential” amino acids which means our bodies don’t produce it in sufficient quantities, so we need to get it from our food intake.
Nutrients for Heart Health
Almonds contain a variety of heart disease-fighting vitamins and minerals including folic acid, calcium, niacin, magnesium, vitamin B 6, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium. Almonds are a good source of healthy phytochemicals, biologically active plant chemicals with high antioxidant properties which may prevent coronary heart disease. Almonds help prevent damage from forming within artery walls and protect against dangerous plaque buildup. One of the highest food sources for vitamin E is almonds. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant and may help stop the development of plaque in the arteries, which causes them to become narrow. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or heart attack. Recent research shows Vitamin E intake helps prevent or delay coronary heart disease. Vitamin E might also help prevent the formation of blood clots that could lead to a heart attack or embolisms. Lower rates of heart disease are associated with higher vitamin E intake.
Sprouting Almonds Increases All of the Health Benefits
Almonds contain phytic acid which inhibits the body’s ability to fully assimilate all the nutrients they contain. Sprouting almonds breaks down the phytic acid making the enzymes naturally found in almonds available for digestion.
These enzymes are found in almonds and are made more available to your body by sprouting the almonds:
- Pepsin - breaks down protein in the stomach
- Trypsin - breaks down protein in the small intestine
- Amylase - breaks down starch
- Lipase - helps break down body fat
Sprouting almonds removes some of the naturally occurring anti-nutrients. Your body will absorb a greater amount of nutrients from sprouted raw almonds.
That's why all Drink LaVie almond milks are made from raw, sprouted almonds. Add Drink La Vie sprouted almond milks to your daily diet for better heart health!