SWEET ALMOND

OTHER NAME(S):

Almond, Almond Extract, Almond Oil, Almendra Dulce, Almendro Dulce, Amande, Amandier, Amande Douce, Amandier à Fruits Doux, Amandier Doux, Amendoa Doce, Amygdala Dulcis, Amygdalus communis var. dulcis, Expressed Almond Oil, Extrait d'Amande, Fixed Almond Oil, Huile d'Amande, Huile d'Amande Douce, Mandorla Dolce, Mindal' Sladkii, Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis, Prunus amygdalus var. sativa, Prunus communis var. sativa, Prunus dulcis, Suessmandel, Suessmandelbaum, Sweet Almond Oil, Zoete Amandel.

Overview

Overview Information

Sweet almond is a plant. It produces kernels (nuts) that are a familiar food. Sweet almond and its oil, prepared by pressing the kernels, is used to make medicine.

Sweet almond is used for high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, skin conditions, and other conditions, but there's no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Sweet almond is also used to dissolve certain medications in a liquid so they can be given as shots.

In manufacturing, sweet almond is used widely in cosmetics.

How does it work?

Sweet almond contains fiber, fatty acids, and other plant compounds. These compounds might help lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar, helping people with high cholesterol and heart disease. Sweet almond might also help people stick to diets when trying to lose weight.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Possibly Ineffective for

  • A long-term disorder of the large intestines that causes stomach pain (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS). Eating almond flour doesn't reduce symptoms in people with IBS. In fact, it might worsen symptoms such as pain and the number of bowel movements.

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Aging skin. Eating a large amount of sweet almonds instead of another snack might help to reduce the size of skin wrinkles by a small amount in post-menopausal women.
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Early research shows that taking a sweet almond extract in syrup might help with symptoms of ADHD.
  • Heart disease. Eating sweet almonds as part of the diet might decrease the risk of developing heart disease in at-risk people. But taking sweet almond doesn't seem to help lower cholesterol in people with heart disease and high levels of cholesterol.
  • Diabetes. Eating sweet almonds as part of the diet may improve some measures of blood sugar control. But studies to date have been small, and not all results agree. Larger, higher quality studies are needed to confirm.
  • High cholesterol. Early research shows that eating raw almonds as part of a controlled diet or taking sweet almond oil may lower total cholesterol and "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in people with high cholesterol. But eating almonds doesn't appear to improve "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol or blood fats called triglycerides.
  • Insomnia. Eating almonds may help some people with insomnia sleep better.
  • Obesity. Eating sweet almond as part of a reduced calorie diet might improve fat loss in people who are overweight or obese. But it doesn't seem to increase weight loss. Eating sweet almond may lower total cholesterol and "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in people with obesity.
  • Skin damage caused by radiation therapy (radiation dermatitis). Early research suggests that applying almond ointment to the skin does not protect against skin damage caused by radiation treatment in women with breast cancer.
  • Stretch marks. Applying sweet almond oil to the skin during pregnancy may reduce itching from stretch marks. But it doesn't seem to prevent stretch marks more than regular cream.
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis), when applied to the skin.
  • Constipation.
  • Cancer of the bladder, breast, mouth, spleen, and uterus.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet almond for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Sweet almond is LIKELY SAFE when used as food. There isn't enough reliable information to know if sweet almond is safe to use as medicine or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if sweet almond is safe. It might cause side effects such as itching and redness.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if sweet almond is safe to use as medicine when pregnant or breast-feeding.

Diabetes: Sweet almond might lower blood sugar in some people. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use sweet almond.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Eating large amounts of sweet almond might worsen pain and diarrhea in people with IBS. Stick to eating amounts suggested by your health care provider.

Kidney stones: Drinking sweet almond milk has been linked with bladder and kidney problems in children at risk of kidney stones. Avoid drinking large amounts of sweet almond milk if you have kidney stones in the family.

Surgery: Sweet almond might lower blood sugar in some people. In theory, sweet almond might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedures. Stop using sweet almond at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for SWEET ALMOND Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of sweet almond depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for sweet almond. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

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