This anti-inflammatory is high in sterols which help lower your bad cholesterol. Almonds also have amino acids which speed muscle recovery. If you can contain inflammation around the joints and help your muscles recover from your workout, then you are really helping your over all health and fitness level. I love almond butter but make sure you read the label before you buy some. If you are not careful you could buy a kind that has added sugar which you should avoid. If you are lucky you have a store that sells just plain crushed almonds, the way it should be. Eat them as a snack in the afternoon or add them to your favorite yogurt for an extra boost.