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Almonds for Strength

By April 1, 2023No Comments

Almonds help the body respond favorably to exercise. In this study, 64 healthy adults, average age 46, took one ounce of almonds in the morning and in the afternoon, with the placebo group eating a calorie-matched cereal bar without almonds.

After four weeks, participants performed 17 eccentric exercises over 90 minutes. Immediately afterwards, the almond group had less fatigue, tension, and greater leg and lower back strength compared to placebo. The next day, the almond group had lower levels of creatine kinase, an enzyme signaling muscle damage, and reported a better mood. The almond group also had higher levels of a beneficial fatty acid, oxylipin, which helps muscle burn fat as exercise fuel.

Reference: Frontiers in Nutrition; January 2023, Vol. 9, Article No. 1042719

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