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    Eating almonds regularly can help you stave off viral infections like the common cold and flu.



    A new study has revealed that naturally occurring chemicals found in the skin of the nut boost the immune system's response to such infections.

    Researchers found almond skins improved the ability of the white blood cells to detect viruses while also increasing the body's ability to prevent viruses from replicating and spreading inside the body, according to the journal Immunology Letters.

    They discovered that even after the almonds had been digested, the immune system was more poised to act against viruses, reports the Telegraph.

    Researchers found that almond skin extracts were effective against even Herpes Simplex Virus 2, which can cause cold sores. The virus is notoriously difficult to treat due to its ability to evade the immune system.

    The scientists, based at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, Britain and the Policlinico Universitario in Messina, Italy, said their findings suggest that the nuts can increase the immune system's ability to fight off a wide range of viruses, including those that cause flu and the common cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy View Post
    Eating almonds regularly can help you stave off viral infections like the common cold and flu.



    A new study has revealed that naturally occurring chemicals found in the skin cause topical pain but boost the immune system's response to such infections.

    Researchers found almond skins improved the ability of the white blood cells to detect viruses while also increasing the body's ability to prevent viruses from replicating and spreading inside the body, according to the journal Immunology Letters. People use natural topical analgesics to stop it from hurting.

    They discovered that even after the almonds had been digested, the immune system was more poised to act against viruses, reports the Telegraph.

    Researchers found that almond skin extracts were effective against even Herpes Simplex Virus 2, which can cause cold sores. The virus is notoriously difficult to treat due to its ability to evade the immune system.

    The scientists, based at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, Britain and the Policlinico Universitario in Messina, Italy, said their findings suggest that the nuts can increase the immune system's ability to fight off a wide range of viruses, including those that cause flu and the common cold.

    When I read about benefits like this my first though is whats the catch? Anything with a potent effect is bound to have side effects right ? Plus they are a common allergen,
    they might not be healthy to eat regularly. Just a thought.
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    I think that almonds are pretty safe. There are a lot of foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, that have potent effects but they aren't harmful to us. I would be more worried if it were a supplement claiming this. Researchers have stated for a long time that almonds are beneficial to our health. Almonds are packed with protein, are sometimes used as a diet aid, and are an anti-inflammatory. They contain vitamins and minerals, and are a good source of healthy fat. To top it all off, they are good for your heart!
    Last edited by Springy; 12-14-2010 at 07:47 AM.

 

 

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