Juice of the Month (May): Almond mylk

By Zalikha

Howdy everyone!

We are already in May in 2016! As for May, our juice star of the month is our special home-made Almond Mylk.

As mentioned, the benefits of Almond mylk is to promote heart health, aids skin health, anti-cancer and regulates blood pressure  😆 

Almonds are known to reduce the risk of heart diseases. In general, almonds, and other nuts and seeds are often related to improving levels of blood lipids and being good for the heart. Many of the nutrients in almonds contributes to increasing your heart’s health. It is high in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), a type of fat which is categorised as healthy fats, which have been associated with reducing the risk of heart diseases.  It is a healthier alternative for our body to receive healthy fats rather taking the trans fats and saturated fats which are mostly found in processed foods. It plays a major role for heat as it can be effective in reducing the bad cholesterol and preserving healthy cholesterol.

Social Media_ Juice of May_3-01In case you didn’t know, almonds are one of the food in the world with the best sources of Vitamin E and said to have the ability to reduce the risk of heart disease due to the antioxidant effect of the vitamin E as well as to the LDL lowering effect (MUFAs). A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in 2005 suggested that consuming almonds increases vitamin E levels in the plasma, red blood cells and also lowers cholesterol levels. Besides that, it is good for skin health and complexion due to the vitamin E contained in almonds. It also benefits the hair due to its antioxidant properties which promotes the circulation of blood to the scalp. Another important benefit of vitamin E other than the skin, hair, nails and reduce cholesterol, it reduces the risk of developing cancer as Vitamin E is the name for a group of fat soluble antioxidants. How does it reduce the risk of cancer?

Antioxidants will remove free radical (the unstable compounds that damage the cell structure) and when consumed vitamin E, the immunity levels will improve. The vitamin E acts as a protection against toxins such as air pollution, premenstrual syndrome, eye disorders such as cataracts, neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.

Other than that, almonds are rich in magnesium which may also help to prevent hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart attack. As we know, hypertension can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failures. Almonds can also help maintain the blood pressure. Studies have shown that correcting a magnesium insufficiency can reduce blood pressure.

Since May is widely known as Mother’s Day month, almond is the perfect match for mothers this month especially for lactating mothers as almond is a good source to boost the milk production for breastfeeding. According to research, the serotonin will regulate the milk production in mammalian breast tissue which is the same hormone that acts in the brain to control a person’s mood. The brain will release oxytocin and prolactin which will help to produce the milk. For breastfeeding mothers, we strongly recommend our nut mylks to boost breast milk supply.

For those who are pregnant, nutrients in almond is also good for you. It is recommended to take milks made from natural sources like nuts.  Almonds help reduce birth defects in new born babies as it contains folic acid and it also stimulates healthy cell growth and tissue formation. Usually, doctors will prescribe folic acid supplement to pregnant women to ensure the proper development of babies and to keep the mothers healthy. If you are unsure of what you purchase outside at grocery stores, you can make your own nut milks at home with your own equipment (Hurom / Kuvings Slow Juicers or normal blender).

Whether you purchase from La Juiceria or decide to make your own nut milks, get started on your healthy journey. Add more nuts to your diet and choose natural foods at all times. Juice on!

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IN SUMMARY:

Almond is a nutritious source of protein, iron, Vitamin E and it contains good fats. Almond base which is essential for pregnant women because of the few reasons below:

  • Protein: helps in the development of muscle mass in growing baby. Also essential for mother to gain enough strength and stamina for oncoming delivery and motherhood
  • Fiber: helps in easy digestion and regulation of bowels because pregnant woman always have constipation at bay
  • Vitamin E: helps in healthy formation of hair and skin of baby and also keeps mother beautiful too
  • Calcium: reduce risk of hypertension and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. Important for strong teeth and bone development for baby.
  • Manganese: helps in the formation of strong and healthy bones
  • Magnesium: good for proper formation and function of central nervous system for fetus and helps for mother’s regular bowel movements
  • Riboflavin: helps in cognitive development of baby. Certain amounts of riboflavin will help to reduce adequate energy levels too.

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Our very own Youtube video showing how to make your own nutmilks at home:

https://youtu.be/iggGxhqFI-8

Thank you and have a good day! 🙂

XOXO  😎