2017

TRX Row




The row strengthens the entire back, core, and stabilizes the shoulders. An excellent TRX Suspension Training exercise that can be done be for beginners or advanced people using your own bodyweight for resistance.

10 Zero Calorie Foods to Help You Slim Down




What Zero Calorie Foods Mean?

The theory behind zero calorie or negative calorie foods is that they contain such a scant amount of calories that the energy you expend eating them cancels out their calories. In essence the bottom line is that you don’t take on any excess calories, and in some instances you end up burning calories as you eat them. Whether or not this is an accurate statement, it’s clear that the following foods have such a slight caloric load they won’t put a dent in your daily total.

Each of these zero calorie foods has fewer than 50 calories per 100 gram serving. Considering that chicken breast has 172 calories in that same portion size and is considered a low calorie food, it’s clear to see these foods rank very low in terms of calories.



Health Benefits Of Apple




The health benefits of apple include improved digestion, prevention of stomach disorders, gallstones, constipation, liver disorders, anemia, diabetes, heart disease, rheumatism, eye disorders, a variety of cancers, and gout. It also helps in improving weakness and provides relief from dysentery. Apples also help in treating dysentery. Furthermore, they can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Finally, they aid in dental care and skin care.
Apples are some of the most popular and delicious fruits on the planet, and there is nothing like biting into a bright, red, juicy apple to quench your thirst and satisfy your sweet tooth, all while boosting your health in a major way. The apple is a pomaceous fruit whose tree belongs to the Rosaceae family, and it has the scientific name of Malus domestica. Its ancestor is the Malus sieversii,which still grows wild in numerous parts of Central Asia. They have been cultivated for thousands of years throughout Asia and Europe, and they make appearances in the cultural history of many ancient civilizations, including the Greeks, Romans, and Nordic tribes. It only made its way to the American with European colonizers, but quickly “took root” and is now grown extensively in appropriate regions of North America.
There are more than 7,500 varieties of this delicious fruit, and it comes in a variety of colors, including red, yellow, and green. The skin of apples is thin, but sturdy, and the inner flesh is thick and juicy, and it softens as it ripens. The inner core holds the seeds, which are hard and difficult to digest. The nutrients are in the flesh and the skin, which is a rich source of anthocyanins and various tannins that give its color. It’s true what they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”
Apples can be eaten raw right off the tree or in a variety of dishes such as fruit salads and custards. Apple juice is also a common drink throughout the world, and it is also included in many desserts. Apples can be baked, minced, mashed, frozen, or even dried into chips as a healthy, sweet snack. In 2010, the complete genome of the apple was decoded, which has led to an increase in research and understanding of why apples are so beneficial for our health, and what specific components are responsible for the boost! Let’s take a look at some of those essential components of one of the world’s favorite and healthiest fruits!

Nutritional Value Of Apple

The long list of health benefits attributed to apples is due to the wealth of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and organic compounds that are found in them. These important nutritional elements include vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, and riboflavin, as well as minerals like potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium. Apples are also very good sources of dietary fiber, and a single serving provides 12% of the daily fiber requirement. The real value of apples lies in its organic compounds. It is packed with phytonutrients and flavonoids like quercetin, epicatechin, phloridzin, and various other polyphenolic compounds.

Health Benefits Of Apple

The health benefits of apple include the following:
Digestion: Apples, being rich in fiber, help in the digestive process. Regular consumption of apples ensures smooth bowel movements and helps in preventing constipation and various stomach disorders. Fiber is an important part of any diet. It adds bulk to the stool and helps food pass through the digestive tract smoothly. Furthermore, it stimulates peristaltic motion so the muscles contract appropriately and move food along. Finally, it stimulates the release of gastric and digestive juices to ensure efficient uptake of nutrients, while simultaneously scraping excess cholesterol out of your veins and arteries to ensure proper heart health and reduce chances of atherosclerosis.
Cancer Prevention: The role of apples in cancer prevention has been a subject of study for some time, and while they have shown moderate improvement in various types of cancer, particularly breast and colon cancer, the most significant discoveries have been regarding lung cancer. Most fruits and vegetables have some sort of anti-cancer effects, but apples stand head and shoulders among the rest in terms of commonly consumed fruits. They show a distinct and undeniable capacity to reduce lung cancer and slow its spread if it does develop. Hypotheses usually speak to the high phytonutrient content, including kaempferol and quercetin, but the exact mechanism for apples’ impact on cancer is still largely unclear.
Digestive Health:  One of the most essential and overlooked parts of human health is the beneficial bacteria living throughout our body. Apples specifically help improve the functioning of the bacteria living inside of our large intestine, and early studies show that apples change the metabolism within the digestive tract, and change the balance of bacteria, which leads to improved health by maximizing nutrient uptake and eliminating harmful bacteria and toxins.
Anemia: Apples are useful in treating anemia since apples are a rich source of iron. Anemia is a deficiency of hemoglobin in the blood, which can be fixed by increasing your intake of iron, which is an integral part in the metabolism of red blood cells. By increasing the amount of red blood cells in the body, you not only prevent anemia but also ensure proper oxygenation of essential organ systems to keep them functioning properly.
Weakness: Apples are known to remove weakness and add vigor and vitality to weak people. It is, therefore, often given to patients to help them recover quickly from their illnesses. If you want to gain weight, apples should be a part of your daily diet. It also helps in detoxifying the body and improving the overall health of the body. Although it doesn’t contain a significant amount of protein, the combination of the antioxidant compounds and the protein found in apples can have a major role in preventing weakness and improving muscle tone.
Managing Diabetes: Blood sugar control is essential for people who suffer from diabetes, and the polyphenols in apples have been directly linked to reducing the uptake of carbohydrates by the body. This, in turn, reduces the fluctuation of blood sugar levels that occur in the bloodstream, an important factor for helping to keep diabetes in check. It doesn’t stop there, however. The polyphenols also lower glucose absorption in our digestive tract, and they stimulate the release of insulin from our pancreas, which is necessary to keep blood sugar levels in check. Finally, the polyphenols stimulate the insulin receptors on cells throughout our body, which speeds up the removal of sugar from our bloodstream and gets it to our cells, which need it for metabolism and proper organ function. Apples are one of the best all around foods for improving the health of people suffering from diabetes.
Dental Care: Eating apples helps in cleaning both the teeth and gums. Furthermore, it reduces the incidence of cavities in the teeth. When you eat apples, the fiber in it cleanses the teeth, while the antibacterial properties of the fruit keep bacteria and viruses from infecting the body. Eating apples also stimulates the secretion of saliva, which is an alkalinic compound, meaning that it further reduces the ability of bacteria to multiply and grow in your mouth.
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease: As if the other impressive benefits of apples weren’t enough, they also show a positive impact on neurological issues, particularly two of the most tragic conditions, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The antioxidant effects of all the phytonutrient compounds in apples certainly help reduce Alzheimer’s disease, since the degeneration of the brain that leads to Alzheimer’s has been linked to free radical activity. Apples also increase the amount of acetylcholine in the brain, which is linked to concentration, problem-solving, and memory. In terms of Parkinson’s, apples stop the gradual breakdown of dopamine-producing nerve cells, which can be an underlying cause of Parkinson’s.
Respiratory Issues: Our respiratory system is highly susceptible to inflammation, and a number of respiratory conditions are directly related to an inflammation of membranes and cells in that system. Asthma is perhaps the most serious, as it can be fatal in severe cases. Apples have shown tremendous anti-inflammatory behavior, and in terms of asthma, they have stood out among other natural treatments, even superseding the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables in combination. Apples remain a mystery to the world in terms of their complex mechanisms of healing these conditions, most likely because there are so many possible nutrients found in apples that could potentially be responsible for the health perks!
Heart Disease: Apples lower the level of cholesterol in the body, making it a strong defensive mechanism against cardiovascular disease. The adage of “an apple a day keeping the doctor away” is more accurate than you’d think, since the daily dose of an apple deemed healthy for the heart is approximately one per day.  The antioxidant activity in apples reduces the oxidation of fats, called lipid peroxidation and includes neutralizing triglycerides and various fats found between blood vessels that can exert dangerous pressure. Also, apples contain a very powerful flavonoid called quercetin, found in the skin of the fruit, can reduce inflammation in our blood vessels by reducing the amount of C-reactive protein (CRP). This protein has been linked to inflammation of the cardiovascular system, so a reduction of it through quercetin makes apples very strong heart boosters!
Rheumatism: Patients who are suffering from rheumatism find apples very useful as they aid in the healing process. Along with the healing process, and perhaps more importantly, are the huge amount of flavonoid compounds found in apples. This has been the most exciting recent development in apple research, and flavonoid compounds like kaempferol, quercetin, and myricetin have been linked to reducing rheumatoid conditions, and inflammatory conditions like arthritis and gout.
Eye Disorders: Apples are believed to make the eyes stronger and improve eyesight. They also help in treating night blindness. Much of this is due to the fact that apples are rich in flavonoid compounds and antioxidant phytonutrients, which can reduce the impact of free radicals on the eyes, while preventing conditions like macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.
Weight Loss:  Aside from the normal ability of fibrous fruits to make us feel full and increase satiety, thereby reducing appetite and overeating, apples have another unexplained ability to help in our weight loss aims. Studies have shown that apples actually speed up our metabolism so that additional calories consumed after eating an apple don’t register as much in our body. Meaning, they are burned off quicker, or not absorbed by the body at all. This can be serious news for the millions of people who struggle with obesity around the world.
Skin Care: Pastes made of apple and honey, and apple and milk increase the shine and glow of the skin when topically applied. This is again due to the powerful antioxidants contained in the skin and flesh of apples. These compounds counteract the damaging effects of free radicals that are directly linked to premature aging, as well as wrinkles, age spots, and other age-related conditions. Its boosting effect on circulation also helps keep the skin looking young by keeping blood flow constant to stimulate the replacement of old cells and the repair of damaged ones!
How to Buy and Store: When you buy apples, make sure they are firm. Also, don’t buy the ones that have wrinkles, since they have lost most of their health benefits and nutritional value. Apples that are overripe or are beginning to go rotten begin to metabolize their vast wealth of nutritional resources; but unfortunately, the released compound is ethylene gas. This ethylene gas can stimulate the rapid ripening and rotting of any other apples that are near it, so be sure not to keep them for too long, and if you do, remove any unusually soft or bruised apples from the rest of the bag.

The 15 Best Exercises For Your Chest





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A powerful-looking upper body starts with a chiseled chest. And there are no better power tools for sculpting your pecs than the 15 exercises that follow.
Choose two or three to work into your routine, and for best results, rotate in new movements every 3 or 4 weeks.
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DUMBBELL SQUEEZE PRESS
Squeezing the weights together during a chest press shifts all the stress onto your pectorals. This simple tweak engages them throughout the entire range of motion, which is a key factor in maximizing muscle growth.
Do it: Lie on a bench holding a pair of dumbbells with your arms straight above your chest, palms facing together. Let the weights touch and squeeze them together as hard as possible.
Maintain this squeeze the entire time, making sure the dumbbells stay in contact with each other. Lower the weights to the sides of your chest, and then push them back up to the starting position.
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INCLINE DUMBBELL BENCH PRESS
Pressing from an incline works the clavicular head of your chest, says Brad Schoenfeld, C.S.C.S., Ph.D. Working that muscle—which resides high on your chest—gives your pecs extra pop.

Do it: Lie on a bench with the backrest set at a 45-degree incline. Hold a pair of dumbbells above your chest with your arms straight and your palms turned toward your feet.
Lower the dumbbells to chest level, and then press them back up to the starting position.
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WEIGHTED PUSHUP
Adding weight to the classic exercise forces your muscles to work harder and keeps your rep range low enough that you’ll pack on serious muscle, Jason Hartman, C.S.C.S., a trainer for the U.S. Special Forces.
Add load in the form of a plate, weight vest, or sandbag thrown over your back.

Do it: Assume a pushup position wearing a weight vest or with a sandbag draped over your upper back or a weight plate balanced on your upper back. Your arms should be straight and hands slightly wider than your shoulders. Bend at your elbows and lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor. Pause, and push your body back up.
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CLOSE-GRIP BENCH PRESS
You can lift more weight with a barbell than with dumbbells because they’re more stable. That’s why barbell presses generally build more raw strength in your chest.
To protect your shoulders, strength coach Bret Contreras, C.S.C.S., recommends using a close grip—that is, placing your hands just outside of shoulder width.

“This is the most joint-friendly barbell variation of the bench press, allowing people with shoulder issues to still reap the benefits of pressing,” Contreras says.

Do it: Using an overhand grip that’s a bit narrower than shoulder width, hold a barbell above your sternum with your arms straight. Lower the bar to your chest. Hold for 1 second. Press the bar up.
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CHEST SQUEEZE PUSHUP
This exercise tasks you with squeezing a pair of dumbbells together while doing a pushup.
“The squeezing action creates a stimulus that really fires up the muscle fibers in your chest,” says BJ Gaddour, Men’s Health Fitness Advisor.

Do it: Place two dumbbells next to each other so that they’re touching with the handles are parallel to each other. Assume a standard pushup position, grabbing a dumbbell handle with each hand. Your arms should be straight and your body should form a straight line from your ankles to your head.
Forcefully press the weights together, and lower your body until your chest nearly touches the dumbbells. Push your body back up and repeat, but don’t stop “squeezing” the dumbbells together.
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CABLE FLY
When it comes to working their pecs, most guys just press. Adding the fly to your routine gives your pecs and front deltoids a new stimulus.

“I like using cables for this because they provide constant tension throughout the entire movement,” says Schoenfeld.

Do it: Attach two stirrup handles to the high-pulley cables of a cable-crossover station. Grab a handle with each hand, and stand in a staggered stance in the middle of the station. Your arms should be outstretched but slightly bent. Lean forward slightly at your hips; don’t round your back.
Without changing the bend in your arms, bring your hands together. Slowly reverse the movement.
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DECLINE DUMBBELL BENCH PRESS
The exercise zeroes in on your lower chest, building serious size, says Tyler English, C.S.C.S., author of Natural Bodybuilder’s Bible.

Do it: Lie on a decline bench with your shins hooked beneath the leg support. Hold a pair of dumbbells above your chest with your arms straight. Your palms should face your feet and the weights should be just outside your shoulders.
Lower the dumbbells to your chest, pause, and then press them back up to the starting position.
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ARCHER PUSHUP
This exercise is a stepping-stone to the coveted one-arm pushup, explains Gaddour.

“It develops your chest, triceps, abs, and shoulders like crazy, and teaches you to stabilize your core,” he says.

Do it: Assume a pushup position with your left hand directly under your shoulder. Fully extend your right arm straight out to your side and place your hand on a medicine ball or low step. Bend your left elbow to slowly lower your chest down to the floor, making sure to keep the brunt of your bodyweight on your left hand.
Once your chest is just above the floor, push yourself back up. Do all your reps on one side, and then switch sides.
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BAND OR CHAIN BARBELL BENCH PRESS
Adding chains or bands to the ends of a barbell makes it unstable. The instability forces your core and stabilizer muscles to kick in to a higher degree, according to research conducted at the University of New England.
That gives your chest a new stimulus, promoting strength.

Do it: Hang a chain over each end of the barbell, or anchor resistance bands to the bench and place them over each end of the bar. Start without weight, in order to get used to the unstable bar.
Grab the barbell and lie on a bench. Using an overhand grip that’s just beyond shoulder width, hold the bar above your sternum, keeping your arms straight. Lower the bar to your chest, and then push it back to the starting position.
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PLYOMETRIC PUSHUP
This explosive pushup nails the fast-twitch muscles in your chest, priming them for growth, says English.

Do it: Get into a pushup position, your hands just outside your chest, your feet shoulder-width apart, and your body forming a straight line from head to heels. Brace your core.
Lower your chest to the floor and then press up explosively so your hands come off the floor.
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SINGLE-ARM DUMBBELL BENCH PRESS
This exercise hits your chest like any awesome bench variation. But what makes it particularly special is that your other side has to lock down so the dumbbell doesn’t pull you off the bench, says Dan John, strength coach and author of Intervention.
The end result: It sculpts your chest and abs to a greater degree.
Do it: Lie with your back flat on a bench holding a dumbbell in your right hand. Press the dumbbell directly over your chest until your arm is straight. Slowly lower the dumbbell to the right side of your chest.
Pause, then press it back up. Do all your reps on your right side, and then repeat on your left.
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NECK BENCH PRESS
This variation of the bench requires that you use a spotter for safety. The exercise nails your upper chest and the front of your shoulders helping you fill out your T-shirt like a barreled-chest champion, says English.

Do it: With a spotter behind you, lie on a bench, holding a barbell above your neck.
Keeping your shoulder blades together, lower the bar in a slow and controlled manner to your upper chest just above your collarbone and lower neck. Pause, and then press it overhead.
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DUMBBELL AROUND THE WORLD
This exercise works your chest in 360-degrees of motion, stimulating growth, says English.

Do it: Start by lying on a bench and holding a pair of dumbbells with your palms facing up just outside your hips.
In a circular pattern, lift the dumbbells simultaneously from your hips along the side of your chest to just over the top of your shoulders. Follow the reverse pattern back to your starting position outside your hips.
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SUSPENDED PUSHUP
Performing pushups with your hands in an unstable suspension trainer works your core, chest, and stabilizer muscles harder than doing pushups on the floor, says English.

Do it: Grab the handles of a TRX strap and extend your arms in front of your chest. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart and your body anywhere from 45 degrees to parallel from the floor. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels.
Lower your chest toward the floor until your hands are just outside your shoulders. Keep your elbows in and your head in a neutral position as you lower. Brace your core throughout the movement.
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STANDING ONE-ARM LANDMINE PRESS
Most chest presses stress your shoulders. This exercise nails your chest while improving your shoulder mobility.
Your shoulder blade moves with you as you press, putting less strain on the joint, says Eric Cressey, co-owner of Cressey Sports Performance in Hudson, MA.
And because your core has to lock down to prevent your torso from bending back or twisting, it also rocks your abs.

Do it: Perform this unique exercise by placing one end of a barbell securely into the corner, grabbing the opposite end with one arm. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, bending slightly at the knees while pushing your butt back.
Start with your elbow by your side with your wrist up near your shoulder. Brace your core and press your arm straight up and out toward the ceiling.

Health Benefits of Annatto Seeds and Leaves




Bixa orellana, commonly referred to as annatto, is a shrub that is native to South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean. Annatto grows branches and prickly, reddish-orange, heart-shaped pods; each pod contains approximately 50 seeds. Rainforest tribes have used annatto seeds and leaves for a variety of medicinal purposes for centuries. As with any herbal product, you should talk to your healthcare practitioner before consuming annatto seeds and/or leaves.


Nutritional Benefits

According to Phyllis Balch in her book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” annatto contains amino acids, calcium, iron and phosphorus, as well as vitamins B-2 and B-3. Annatto also contains beta-carotene and vitamin C, which are both potent antioxidants that help to prevent free-radical induced damage to your cells and DNA. In addition, annatto contains the phytochemicals cyanidin, ellagic acid, salicylic acid, saponins and tannins. Phytochemicals are compounds found naturally in plants that help to prevent and treat disease in humans.


Shared Benefits of the Seeds and Leaves

Annatto seeds and leaves have diuretic, antibacterial and astringent properties. In addition, Balch states that annatto seeds and leaves help to protect and strengthen the kidneys. Annatto is also said to promote digestive system health and is used to relieve constipation, indigestion, heartburn and stomach distress caused by the consumption of spicy foods. Annatto has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac and to promote weight loss, as well as to treat fevers, hepatitis, malaria, dysentery and venomous snakebites. These uses are based on anecdotal and not scientific evidence, however.

Specific Benefits From Seeds

Annatto seeds are used to help tone, balance and strengthen the liver and reduce liver inflammation. They are also purported to lower total cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure and treat edema. In addition, the seeds have expectorant properties -- meaning, they help to clear mucus from the lungs. Therefore, they may be beneficial to mucous-related disorders such as asthma, bronchitis and coughs. Raintree Nutrition warns that the seeds may raise blood sugar levels, however, so the seeds should not be consumed by diabetics.


Specific Benefits From Leaves

Dried annatto leaves are referred to as achiotec and are a popular herbal remedy in Peruvian herbal medicine today. Achiotec is used to reduce inflammation; to lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol; and to treat prostate disorders, cystitis and obesity. According to Raintree Nutrition, to make achiotec, boil eight to 10 leaves in 1 L of water for 10 minutes and then let it cool. Drink it three times daily. The achiotec liquid can also be applied topically to promote wound healing, cleanse skin infections and treat burns. Despite the presumed safety of annatto seeds and leaves, the purported health benefits are based on historical use and not scientific fact.

Health Benefits of Amchur Powder



Amchur is powder of dried mango powder. Mango is very seasonal fruit and bears fruits only during summer. But people have found ways to consume mango and enjoy health benefits of mango. Mango is generally pickled and stored. Other way of storing mango is drying raw mango and storing it as powder. Fresh Mango powder or popularly known as Amchur (Aam in Hindi means Mango, chur refers to crushed powder). Fresh mango powder is bright brownish green in colour, as it ages it turns brown. This is the way one can differentiate between fresh and  determine age of mango powder. Old amchur often forms lumps as it absorbs moisture. However health benefits of amchur are often preserved over long period of time. Amchur powder is used as spice in South Asian recipes. It adds tingy sour flaour and forms part of gravy. Health benefits of amchur are many and all derived from health benefits of mango. Some of the health benefits of Amchur or mango powder are provided below.

Health Benefits of Amchur or Mango Powder

  • Amchur also has high iron content, so pregnant women and people suffering from anemia are advised to consume it regularly.
  • It combats acidity and improves digestion. Mangoes contain phenols, phenolic compound have powerful antioxidant and anticancer abilities.
  • It is a fair source of Vitamin A and Vitamin E which helps hormonal system function efficiently. Vitamin A and vitamin E are required for healthy skin and eyes.
  • Scurvy treatment with help of Mango Powder: Amchur has high Vitamin C content and is very effective in treatment of Vitamin C deficiency disease – Scurvy. One part of Amchur mixed with two parts of Gud (jaggery) lime is one of the home remedy for Scurvy.
Other health benefits of Amchur: Raw mango power is effective in relieving clogged pores of the skin. Extracts of unripe fruits and of bark, stems and leaves of Mango have shown antibiotic activity.

ALMOND OIL


The almond is a species of tree native to the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and North Africa. "Almond" is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. Wikipedia
Nutrition Facts

Amount Per 

Calories 576
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49 g75%
Saturated fat 3.7 g18%
Polyunsaturated fat 12 g
Monounsaturated fat 31 g
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg0%
Sodium 1 mg0%
Potassium 705 mg20%
Total Carbohydrate 22 g7%
Dietary fiber 12 g48%
Sugar 3.9 g
Protein 21 g42%
Vitamin A0%Vitamin C0%
Calcium26%Iron20%
Vitamin D0%Vitamin B-65%
Vitamin B-120%Magnesium67%
*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Almond oil is one of the best oils for hair and skin care. It has got lots of nutrients and beneficial properties which make it such a powerful cosmetic ingredient. the results obtained by using almond oil on skin can be comparable to that of many powerful skin care products, sans all the side effects. It can help one get rid of dark circles in weeks. Sweet almond oil is also safe to ingested internally. In fact, it is well reputed as a medicinal oil in the Unani system of Medicine.

Source
Almond oil is extracted from almonds. There are many varieties of almonds, but they are generally classified into two classes.
Bitter Almonds – These are almonds that are bitter to taste. They are hardly ever eaten, or used in recipes. Bitter almonds however are used to produce bitter almond oil.  These almonds contain a small amount of hydrogen cyanide, which is extremely poisonous. Eating just a few of these almonds can lead to a vertigo, or even death.
Sweet Almonds – These are the almonds that we are accustomed to eating. They are used to produce sweet almond oil. This oil too has a sweet taste, making almond oil one of the tastiest amond oils. 
Almond is actually a drupe, not a nut. It is native to the Mediterranean and Middle East. Presently, the largest producer of almonds is USA, most of which comes from the state of California. Spain too is known for its high quality almonds. Different varieties of almonds have slight differences in taste, and this subtle difference also reflects in the oil.

Properties

Let us look into the therapeutical properties of almond oil, both sweet and bitter almond oil. In general, the properties of sweet almond oil and bitter almond oil are similar for topical application. For internal use, only sweet almond oil is used, and there is no point in discussing the health benefits of bitter almond oil because it is hazardous when ingested.
These are the therapeutic properties of Sweet Almond oil. 
  • Anti-Inflammatory  – It reduces inflammation topically and also when ingested.
  • Anti-oxidant – Almond oil possesses mild antioxidant capacity.
  • Immune Booster – Topical as well as internal application of sweet almond oil boosts immunity and provides robust protection from various diseases.
  • Anti-hepatotoxic – Almond oil is known to aid the liver in eliminating toxins. This is also performed by castor oil.
  • Emollient – excellent moisturization property. It is used to eliminate excessively dry skin.
  • Sclerosant – Used to treat vascular issues like spider veins, hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
  • Laxative – promotes defecation and relieves constipation. This laxative action is mild as compared to stronger laxatives like castor oil.
  • Analgesic – almond oil is mild pain reliever
  • Muscle Relaxation  – massage with almond oil soothes stressed and sore muscles.
  • Cicatrizant – helps wounds heal faster.
  • Anti-dandruff – it dissolves away dandruff from the scalp.
These beneficial properties of almond oil makes it so useful in many personal conditions. It provides several health benefits.

Uses and Health Benefits

Almond oil is a leader among oils for its cosmetic properties. It can be used for numerous problems of the skin, hair and particularly the face.
Almond Oil for Skin
Almond oil can be used for the following skin conditions and also as a general natural skin care ingredient.
  • Moisturize the skin – Almond oil is an excellent emollient. It locks moisture inside the skin. So, apply it right after a shower for maximum benefits.
  • Treats dry and dull skin – Is you skin extremely dry ? Then sweet almond oil is the best oil for skin massage. It slowly heals dry skin condition. Within a few weeks of regular application, one can see lesser cracks in skin and lesser flaking.
  • Chapped lips no more – If you ever happen to suffer from chapped lips, use almond oil instead of the chap stick. You’ll love the results. The best thing about almond oil is that it tastes sweet, unlike the awful tasting olive oil and almost all other oils.
  • Get smooth, silky and glowing skin – Almond oil application helps one achieve really smooth skin. The skin becomes more elastic and uniform in texture. There is a mild glow to the skin as well.
  • Helps in psoriasis, eczema and other forms of dermatitis – Almond oil may not be able to treat these conditions, but it does help the skin heal faster and better.[1]
  • Removes makeup like a boss – Take a few drops of almond oil on a cotton ball and just wipe across your face. All the makeup adheres to the cotton ball. The skin feels really fresh. So, no more washing incessantly to remove makeup.
The Best Massage Oil – Almond oil is widely acclaimed and recognized as the most popular massage oil. It is most widely used by massage therapists. Almond oil has low viscosity ( it spreads easily ), it is thin and light.  Small amount of almond oil spreads across a large surface on the skin. It doesn’t get absrobed quickly, so massage therapist need not reapply it.
Almond Oil For Face
On the face, almond oil can be massaged directly to smooth out wrinkles and reduce sagging skin. It is absolute best to treat dark eye circles. Just apply a few drops under the eyes and gently massage the under eye skin. Sleep with the oil still on. Next morning, you may find more than regular waste products exuding from the eye. Almond oil really boosts blood cirulation near the eyes and promotes eyes to cleane better. When done regularly, it can improve dark circles and reduce eye strain. Almond oil is a rejuvenator for the eyes.
Almond Oil For Hair
Just as almond oil is quite useful for the skin, it is excellent for hair health as well.
  • Dandruff – In many people, dandruff is aggravated by dry scalp condition. In that case, almond oil really helps to curb the flakiness. Just apply a very small amount of almond oil directly onto the scalp. make sure to massage into the hair roots. Wash it after 30 minutes. Most of the dandruff should be gone within 3 treatments.
  • Dry scalp care – Almond oil can really provide moisturization to dry, parched scalps. If you do not apply a hair oil regularly, then your scalp may suffer from extreme dryness.
  • Get shiny hair – Applying a small amount of almond oil to hair shafts increases the gloss or shine of the hair. This works better if your hair is wet. Do not apply large amounts of almond oil because then your hair will be drenched in oil.
  • Detangle hair – Dabbing a few drops of almond oil detangles hair. So, one can comb easier. It also prevents hair loss due to tangled hair, which is completely unnecessary.
  • No split ends – Small amount of almond oil applied to hair ends gets rid of split ends.
  • Hot Oil Treatment for Healthy Hair – Almond oil makes a good hot oil treatment. One can warm this oil and massage on the scalp. Cover the scalp with a shower cap. Leave it on for 2 – 3 hours, and then wash it off with cool water. This provides deep conditioning to hair, making them look soft and healthy. This treatment, done once a week can improve hair growth.

Do not use pure almond oil as regular hair oil. It is still dense enough to be avoided as hair oil. For a hair oil, one should choose very light oils.

Almond Oil For Colon Cleanse
Add 4 – 6 drops of sweet almond oil to your juice, smoothie or milk. Drink this late at night before sleep. This works to clean the bowels and perform a mild bowel cleanse. This remedy is also good for constipation.
Pain relieving massage
A massage with almond oil is used to relieve pain and stress caused by sore muscles. It can alleviate muscle cramps and pain in the chest as well.

Health benefits of Sweet Almond Oil
Besides these uses fo skin, hair and the bowel, almond oil in diet can provide significant health benefits.
Anti – Colon Cancer 
Consumption of pure sweet almond oil can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer. This effect has been established in this study. [1]
There is no in depth details about this effect. But, one can assume that almond oil surely has some protective effect on the colon. One can assume that drinking olive oil can delay or even stop the conversion of benign colon polyps to cancerous ones.
Heal Scars And Stretch Marks
The same study found out that almond oil heals post operative scars. There was very little hypertrophic scarring. This highlights the potential of almond oil usage to heal any kind of scars. This also applies to stretch marks.
The real cause behind stretch marks is a tearing produced in the dermis. It creates a differential movement between the dermis and the epidermis, leaving the collagen no time to fill up the stretch. It heals slowly. Almond oil can boost this healing process and help the skin fill up the camber formed by stretching.