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oilsResearch conducted in 2014 reveals that natural oils derived from nuts are full of nutrients when ingested and provide a host of benefits when applied topically.

Here are three healthy oils you should stock up on in 2015: 

1. Almond oil contains high levels of vitamins B (essential for red blood cell production) and E (a powerful anti-oxidant). Research indicates that regular consumption of almond oil can lower cholesterol, making it ideal for cardiac patients. You can also use almond oil in salads and desserts as it has a smooth, buttery flavour. It is believed to be an ideal moisturiser; using it will improve your skin texture substantially, and if you apply it to your hair, it can reduce hair loss. 

2. Nutmeg oil is believed to improve brain function, blood circulation and digestion, dissolve kidney stones naturally and help treat coughs and colds due to the presence of high levels of folic acid, niacin, riboflavin and vitamins A and C. The best way to ingest this sweet-smelling clear oil is by adding a few drops to your tea or coffee; it can also be used as a spice to make cakes and pies. When applied topically, nutmeg oil reduces stress and inflammation and relieves muscular pain. 

3. Walnut oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B compounds. These can treat wide-ranging conditions, including stress, menstrual cramps, heart disorders, indigestion, blood pressure, coughs, and even bad breath and regular aches and pains. This topaz-coloured oil has a nutty flavour, making it ideal for salads and pastas; brush a thin layer on fish, chicken or steak just before serving for added flavour. Topical application can rid your skin of wrinkles as well as reduce hair loss and dandruff.

Given their myriad benefits, remember to opt for personal care products with high levels of these oils for glossy hair and glowing skin.

– Saba Gul Hasan                                                                                                    The writer is a nutritionist.

First published in the ADBUZZZZ Section of The Dawn Weekend Advertiser on December 28, 2014.