It may be fairly new to the U.S. health food scene, but almond milk is already creating a buzz, touting benefits like better vision, weight loss, stronger bones, and heart health. Almond milk also helps to build strong muscles, assists in maintaining healthy blood pressure, and improved kidney function, but it lacks protein and fiber unless it is fortified. Almond milk also contains many vitamins, including:
Additionally, you can find other beneficial nutrients such as vitamin C, B-6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitamin E in almond milk – making it a great option to keep your body happy and healthy!
Almond Milk and Healthy Blood Pressure
For those who have soy, dairy or lactose tolerance issues, almond milk is a great alternative. Our bodies need specific vitamins and nutrients to allow our veins to move blood throughout our bodies. If we lack essential nutrients – such as vitamin D – blockages and inefficient blood movement can occur, leading to high blood pressure. Those who are intolerant to soy and dairy may be lacking in these necessary nutrients, and the milk made from almonds is a great way to incorporate these back into the diet.
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Almond Milk and Heart Health
Since there is absolutely no cholesterol in almond milk, it is a healthy food to incorporate into your diet, while taking advantage of the many nutritional benefits. Consuming this healthy milk ensures that you are taking in vital potassium, which is a primary nutrient that acts as a vasodilator and reduces tension and strain on the heart.
Almond Milk and Kidney Health
If we take in too much calcium or potassium, our kidneys will suffer for it. Unlike dairy and soy products, almond milk contains a limited amount of calcium (although calcium is often added to the product) and potassium. For those who suffer from kidney conditions, it may be necessary to limit calcium and potassium. Consuming almond milk can provide the ” milk-like” quality, but prevent excess calcium and potassium intake.
Almond Milk and Healthy Skin
Our skin depends on many types of vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy. In addition to all the vitamins and nutrients found in almond milk, there are also antioxidants that help to repair damaged skin. Additionally, the milk can be applied as a skin cleanser, allowing the skin to absorb the beneficial nutrients from the outside in.
Almond Milk and Strong Bones
Almond milk contains calcium (when it is added in processing), which is required for maintaining and forming teeth and healthy bones, while reducing the risk for osteoporosis. For those who are lactose intolerant, or are allergic to dairy or soy, almond milk is a great alternative. Just one serving of calcium-fortified almond milk contains 45 percent of the recommended daily requirement, so it’s a great option for healthy bones.
If you are interested in changing up your diet, so that you can enjoy all the benefits of almond milk, discuss your plans with your physician to ensure that any existing medical conditions will be affected. Not convinced almond milk is right for you? Take a look at our milk matchup infographic to learn more about the health benefits of different types of milk.
The UPMC Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Center is a joint program between UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute. We provide long-term care for adolescents, young adults, maternal patients, and adults with congenital heart disease. Our goal is to provide complete care from your childhood all the way through your life. Our team of experts has a wide knowledge of heart conditions.