Can Almonds Help With Inflammation?

Almonds are one of the most nutritious nuts around. A 1-ounce serving provides 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, vitamin E, manganese, copper, and phosphorus (via Healthline). They are high in magnesium, which makes them ideal for helping to control blood sugar levels and lowering high blood pressure. Not only that, but they may help lower cholesterol levels, too. A 2010 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition showed that participants with prediabetes saw their bad or LDL cholesterol levels drop over a period of 16 weeks during which they ate an almond-enriched diet.

Almonds are also a source of antioxidants, which help fight against damage caused by free radicals. The antioxidants in the skin of almonds may reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and heart disease, according to WebMD and Healthline.

Antioxidants help fight inflammation

Because almonds have antioxidants, they help your body fight inflammation (via Cleveland Clinic). Inflammation occurs when your body produces inflammatory cells in response to an injury, such as a wound. This kind of inflammation is normal, and it is called acute inflammation. Chronic inflammation occurs when your body's immune system is out of kilter and produces inflammatory cells when there is no injury. It can cause fatigue, fever, rashes, and joint pain, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Chronic inflammation is linked to asthma, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes.

Antioxidants in almonds and foods from a Mediterranean-based diet protect the body against damage that can lead to chronic inflammation. However, it's best to eat them in moderation because eating too many almonds can lead to gastrointestinal problems, an overdose of vitamin E, and weight gain, per Livestrong.