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www.india-gifts-mall.comMy family have always talked about the strength of almonds. They are very good for the brain. My Mum always tells me to eat some because I work on the computer lots and lead an active life.

Nuts For Almonds is a great site listing all of the details and nutritional benefits of almonds. To name a few, they help with cancer prevention, reduce cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, strengthen bones etc.

Natural Therapy Pages also has a good lot of information.

I did a quick search on Himalaya Home Remedies on almonds and found lots of results. they can help with Anemia, Jaundice, Dry Coughs, Bronchitis, Acne and more. ( Some of these are helped in concoctions where almonds are one of many ingredients so read up and educate yourself. )

My Mum also says if you soak them, they have a better efficiency. Lots if Indian people say this. I don’t exactly know why yet. Another common thing in India is to boil them in milk and then drink this. Again like soaking, it intensifies it’s nutritional value this way.

It’s also important not to overload on them as too many are equally not good for you. 10-15 per day is sufficient for a person of average body weight.

I got this from Sivandana – a great organisation dedicated to health, wellbeing, peace and love. Worth a closer look.

www.sivananda.org

ALMOND MILK – increase your ojas – Sanskrit (ancient Indian Text) for Vigor

This sustaining and soothing drink was developed by Swami Vishnu-devananda
during the time he was doing intensive sadhana (yoga practice) in the Himalayas.
It is served daily during our Sadhana Intensive courses to increase the sadhakas
ojas. It is a rich source of easily digestible food for a rapid replenishment of
energy
. Almonds are a concentrated source of protein, as well as being high in
vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc
. Almonds fat
content makes them excellent for skin and muscle repair. Highly valued in
Ayurveda, almonds strengthen the respiratory system and lubricate the
intestines.
The ingredients below are per person. Simply multiply by the number
of people you want to serve.

Recipe per person:

Ingredients:
•       10 almonds
•       Pinch of ground cardamom
•       Pinch of pepper
•       1 cup warm milk, soy milk or water
•       1 teaspoon honey

Preparation:
1.      Soak the almonds overnight in enough water to cover
2.      The next day, drain the almonds, reserving the soaking water
3.      Remove the almond skins
4.      Place the nuts in a food processor, or blender, with the soaking water,
   cardamom & pepper
5.      Blend at high speed for 5 minutes
6.      Combine the almond mixture with warm milk, water or soy milk
7.      Stir in the honey
8.      Drink at once

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