If you’re a health nut, munch on almonds with the skin they’re in. The skins give almonds extra heart-protection powers, especially if you take some vitamin E or vitamin C to boot. So what’s in the skin?
Almonds abound with heart-healthy goodies, including vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, arginine, potassium, and fiber. The skins add even more nutrition: They’re bursting with flavonoids that help protect cells from oxidation and inflammation.
In a lab study, almond-skin flavonoids helped prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing — and that’s a very good thing, because when LDL oxidizes, it can lead to heart attack. Adding vitamins E and C enhanced the effect by working synergistically with the almond-skin flavonoids. Could your cholesterol levels be putting you on the path to a heart attack?