Probably originating in the Near East, but also existed since ancient times in the Mediterranean.

A portion (about 20 almonds, those that fit in 2 handfuls) is an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium, a good source of protein and fiber, provides potassium, phosphorus, iron, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids and yields low levels of saturated fat and no cholesterol. It is also a good source of calcium: a cup of almonds gives us as much calcium as a small piece of feta cheese!

Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that helps in reducing the rate of cell aging, while magnesium helps maintain good bone health. Dietary fibers contribute to the good health of the heart and gastrointestinal system, proteins are a structural component of muscle, hair and nails. Finally monounsaturated fats are the good fats that help to lower total cholesterol by replacing saturated fat.

According to a study, the consumption of almonds helps the body to fight against viral infections such as the common cold and flu. The study revealed that the chemicals that are found naturally in the bark of certain nuts, increase the natural ability of the human body to inhibit the proliferation and spread of pathogens.