6 Health Benefits of Almonds for Men
Last updated on March 13, 2013
Almonds are loaded with a variety of vitamins and minerals that can contribute to men’s health and promote proper sexual function in men. Raw and roasted almonds are the healthiest options and freshest in the summer, though can be found year round. (Almonds are actually a seed, not a true nut, but provide many of the same health benefits nonetheless.) Here are 6 health benefits of almonds for men:
Higher Testosterone Levels
Men over the age of 30 are at risk of a decrease in testosterone production. Foods high in protein and low in fat like almonds are great for raising testosterone levels. Almonds are also great sources of Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium, all essential for testosterone production.
Keeping testosterone levels high will help to keep a man’s libido strong and promote healthy sexual function. Almonds are also rich in arginine, a substance that can also increase male libido.
Multiple studies link eating almonds and other nuts with a decreased risk of heart disease and heart attack in men. Almonds help decrease high LDL cholesterol levels and provide healthy, monounsaturated fats. The antioxidant activity of the vitamin E obtained from almonds is also believed to support good heart health for men.
Almonds provide a number of minerals that are essential in promoting strong, healthy bones and preventing bone disease like osteoporosis, including protein, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Almonds provide a variety of substances essential for energy production: riboflavin (vitamin B2), protein, manganese and copper. Almonds may contribute positively to athletic performance, strength and endurance for men as well.
Almonds may help aid in weight loss for men. Almonds may not have the best nutrient to calorie ratio, but most of their calories are in the form of healthy, monounsaturated fats. A study in the International Journal of Obesity found that eating nuts or almonds at least twice per week decreased the likelihood of weight gain.