Almond Skins May Defend Against Infection
A new study has found that naturally-occurring chemicals found in the
skin of almonds may help boost the immune system’s response to
Researchers with the Institute of Food Research have found
that the nut skins improved the ability of white blood cells to detect
viruses, including those that cause flu and the common cold, while also
increasing the body’s ability to prevent the viruses from replicating
and spreading. In the lab, the scientists found that even after
digestion, almond skin extracts were still effective in boosting the
immune system although boiling the nuts seemed to decrease activity.
Although nutritional guidelines suggest three ounces a day for other
health benefits, research still needs to be done to find out how much to
eat for the antiviral effect.