“They provide physical and mental support and help manage stress”
Rich in vitamins and nutrients, almonds are known to be a healthy, tasty food and a natural source of energy, ideal as a mid-morning or afternoon snack. Furthermore, for the experts they are like music: they influence our body to give us energy.
“The rich nutrient profile of almonds makes them one of the most researched foods in the world while also making them ideal as an energizing snack,” he says. Ambra Morelli, dietitian – The recommended serving, 30 grams or about 23 almonds, contains 6 grams of plant protein, 4 grams of fiber and healthy fats. Furthermore, almonds have a high content of riboflavin (B2) and are a source of niacin (B3) and thiamin (B1), elements that contribute to energy metabolism. They are rich in magnesium, which helps reduce tiredness and fatigue”. And therefore, “like music, they are a natural source of energy. But there’s more. Music and almonds are complementary. While the former is often capable of giving us an immediate energy boost, the latter deliver sustained release energy. In addition, almonds, like music, provide energy not only on the physical, but also on the mental level, and they can help manage stress“.
“We are emotional machines that think – he underlines Vincenzo Russo, Iulm Behavior and BrainLab – and not thinking machines that get excited. Neurosciences have now demonstrated the value of the unconscious and automated dimension in brain functioning and the effect that a stimulation of a sense has on others”. Thanks to “the most recent discoveries on the brain – he continues – we better understand the effect that emotions have about perception and why ‘sensation’ and ‘perception’ are two different concepts and processes. In perception, the brain comes into play, which helps to build the perceived reality or to activate itself in a differentiated way based on the stimulations and their interpretation. The brain increases its activation by 24% at the sight of pleasant and energy-charged foods or drinks. Similarly, music has enormous activating power for a large part of the brain, enhancing the final perception of stimuli. Music, also activating the motor area of the brain, triggers energetic reactions also thanks to the ability to produce dopamine, or the hormone linked to pleasant experiences. These processes, completely unconscious and automated, can be measured with neuroscientific techniques in a more effective way than in the past”.
Even for it psychologist and musician Federico Buffagni, “music, like food, acts on many levels by influencing our nervous system and modulating its states”. For all of us, he points out, “it happens that we need to listen to our favorite song to ‘give us energy’ or that we have searched online for relaxing music to calm us down. When we listen to music, it is released in our brain, among other substances , dopamine. Its task is to exercise control over movement, the capacity for attention and learning, some aspects of cognitive functions, the sensation of pleasure and the sleep mechanism. Music, therefore, is able to modulate our physiological, emotional and cognitive states, therefore capable of giving us energy. It influences our state of activation, our movement, it makes us ‘feel’ certain emotions and leads us to activate memories and thoughts: just like food does”.
A clinical study – reads a note by almond board – suggests that a Mediterranean diet, with the addition of nuts such as almonds, is associated with a prevention of the decrease of some cognitive functions in adults. Not only that: another recent study measured HRV (Heart rate variability, the fluctuation of heart rate at rest) in participants undergoing a mental stress challenge and saw improved measures of HRV in participants who ate almonds instead of a regular snack over a six-week period. Heart rate variability is an important indicator of the cardiovascular system’s response to stress. Higher HRV represents greater adaptability of the heart in response to environmental and psychological challenges, while low HRV is linked to cardiovascular disease and sudden cardiac death.