Go nuts …
Ayurveda emphasizes that as dry fruits are rich source of several
important nutrients they should supplement the intake of fruits and
vegetables to keep one fit and healthy. The best thing about them is
that they do not have any side effects. For most of us they are easy
to digest. However, there could be certain exceptions as some persons
may be allergic to certain dry fruits. The practitioners of the
Ayurvedic system of medicine always take into account this crucial fact
before recommending a particular type of dry fruit to a person.
Most of the dry fruits have high fiber and carbohydrate content and
they are considered to be an excellent source of minerals for the
human body. That is why women are often advised to eat a reasonably
good quantity of dry fruits during pregnancy.
According to Ayurveda different dry fruits have different quantities
and hence should be consumed accordingly. For example raisins are
beneficial for those suffering from chronic constipation. They are useful for anemic persons as they are iron-rich. Cashew nuts are a rich source of protein and they are effective in prevention of heart disease. They also provide several other nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, vitamin B etc.
Dates soaked in water, for a particular time period, after removing
their seeds are good for strengthening the heart. They also help in
regulating the intestinal movements. Almonds, in Ayurveda, are
considered to have great medicinal value. They help in building the
hemoglobin, strengthening of muscles. When mixed with some other
elements and used in the form of paste, they enrich the skin, bring a
new glow to it and remove pimples. Children who cannot digest milk
easily can be given almond milk. Almonds are quite rich in vitamins
also. Almond oil is good for the hair and the scalp.