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.
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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.
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.
There are no known interactions with medications. Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
Herbs and supplements that might lower blood sugar: Sweet almond might lower blood sugar. Using it with other herbs and supplements that have this same effect might increase the risk of low blood sugar in some people. Some of these products include devil's claw, fenugreek, guar gum, Panax ginseng, Siberian ginseng, and others.
There are no known interactions with foods.
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.
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