Benefits of Almond Oil

Almond oil is extracted from the almond and is often used as an ingredient in salad dressings, mayonnaise and in many types of cuisine. The oil is not as strong as the extract, so it is not used to impart an “almond” flavor; instead its flavor is very subtle. Almond oil is a beneficial product to have in your home, as it can benefit your body from the inside as well as the outside.

Nutritional Benefits

Almond oil has some key nutritional benefits. It is loaded with vitamin E, and according to nutrition information from the USDA, just one tbsp of almond oil has 5.3 mg of vitamin E, which is over 25 percent of the recommended daily intake. Almond oil is also a good source of monounsaturated fats, more commonly known as MUFAs. According to the American Heart Association, a regular intake of MUFAs can help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Cholesterol Benefits

The monounsaturated fat content of almond oil is partly responsible for its benefits on cholesterol levels. The April 2002 issue of the “Journal of Nutrition” published a study by researchers at the University of California Department of Nutrition. In the study, healthy subjects added whole almonds and almond oil to their diet for six weeks. At the end of the six weeks, LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol levels decreased, while HDL (good) cholesterol levels increased. If you are watching your cholesterol levels, ask you doctor about adding almond oil to your diet.

Cosmetic Benefits

Almond oil benefits the outside of the body as well as the inside. It is often used as an additive in cosmetic products such as shampoos and moisturizers and for good reason. The February 2010 issue of “Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice” published a report on the benefits of almond oil, which include its ability to soften and regenerate the skin and reduce scarring that can occur after surgery. Almond oil can also protect the skin from damage, especially from the sun. Researchers from Hamdard University in New Delhi, India, found that when skin is pretreated with almond oil before being exposed to the sun’s UV rays, not only does the almond oil protect the skin from further damage, but it helps repair the damage that has already been done from previous exposure. The mouse study, published in the March 2007 “Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology,” took place over the course of 12 weeks and the results show that there were obvious visible changes to the skin.

About this Author

A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper’s, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.