9 Health Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil
Last updated on August 24, 2012
Sweet almond oil is obtained from pressed sweet almonds. Sweet almonds are the almonds that we eat, as opposed to bitter almonds. It has several health benefits, both internally and externally. Make sure to buy food grade almond oil if you are planning to take it internally.
Here are 9 health benefits of almond oil:
High In Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps combat free radical damage to cells and DNA, supports the immune system and promotes healthy skin and hair. One tablespoon of almond oil provides 25% the DV of vitamin E.
One study found that using almond oil in place of regular vegetable oil helped decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
The high level of vitamin E in almond oil is said to do wonders for the skin. It hydrates and moisturizes, has been used as a treatment for itchy and dry skin, and may help skin conditions like eczema. Almond oil should be used sparingly on the face as the oils can clog pores and cause acne breakouts.
Almond oil is full of omega-6 fatty acids, which helps to strengthen the hair, moisturizes the scalp and promotes hair growth.
Sore Muscles & Joints
Almond oil is often used in massage because it is believed to provide relief to achy joints and sore muscles.
Recently, almond oil has been used as a pain reliever similar to aspirin. More studies are needed to know its effectiveness as a pain reliever when taken internally, but some reports are promising.
The fatty acids in almond oil help digestion and aid in the absorption of nutrients.
Almond oil has a soothing scent and can have calming effects that may help reduce stress levels.
Omega-6 fatty acids are believed to be essential for maintaining healthy brain tissue. Though this may be essential in preventing a variety of brain conditions, almond oil alone will probably not make you smarter.