Almond is the only nut that alkalises the body, all other nuts acidify.[i] In Ayurvedic medicine it is revered for its ability to support the reproductive system, particularly in men by improving sperm count. Almonds can be eaten raw as a snack but those with a weak digestion should soak them overnight first & remove the skins as this activates the enzymes & increases their nutrient value. Like all nuts they are an excellent source of plant protein while being particularly high in Vitamin E & Manganese. They are also a rich in flavanols, antioxidants and are known to help with managing cholesterol & there are many discussions on its potential benefits for brain health & Alzheimer’s[ii]. The high quantity of manganese may also explain it benefits in cholesterol & brain health.