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Researchers found in this study that the nutrients in almonds work together in synergy to produce a greater health-promoting effect than from individual nutrients consumed alone. Their emerging evidence indicates that the unique combination of almond skins keep LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, a mechanism associated with the formation of plaque in arteries of the heart. Even at very low levels, when the almond skins compounds combine with the vitamin E in the almonds and vitamin C from other foods, they act in synergy and play a co-defensive role against atherosclerosis–in a fashion where the sum of their actions is much greater than each par