Sterculic oil derived from the seeds of wild almond trees has been found to improve glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in obese laboratory mice. The oil’s potential appears to lie in its ability to affect microorganisms in the gut.
Almonds are a rich source of vitamins E and B2, magnesium, manganese, phytosterols, fibre, protein and monounsaturated fatty acids. Research suggests that eating almonds regularly is cardioprotective, boosts satiety and improves blood sugar control. Good for digestion, too, as almond skin has a prebiotic effect and may stimulate the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.