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Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts

Cashews are probably my favorite nut. Cashew nuts are the kidney-shaped seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple. The cashew tree is native to the coastal areas of northeastern Brazil, but grows in other warm, tropical climates. I have fond memories of climbing cashew apple trees (pomme de cashew) in Senegal and eating the fruit until I was stuffed. I would just throw the cashew part down on the ground- what a waste!

Cashew seeds must be dried for a time before roasting to release the “nut” from its shell.  The oils within the shell are caustic in nature. The shells cannot be hand-removed, therefore there is no such thing as a truly “raw” cashew for sale.

Weight control

People who eat nuts twice a week are much less likely to gain weight than those who rarely eat nuts. Cashew nuts contain less fat than most other popular nuts and it is the “good fat.” Cashews are dense in energy and high in dietary fiber, making them a great choice for snacking in those who are trying to manage their weight.

High in copper

Soaked almond contains vitamin B17 and Flavonoid, which suppresses tumour growth and thus prevents cancer

High in copper

Cashews are rich in the mineral copper. The copper found in cashews is vital for the function of the enzymes involved in combining collagen and elastin, which provide substance and flexibility in our bones and joints. The high copper content of cashews also helps eliminate free radicals which can cause cellular damage,  the common pathway for cancer, aging, and a variety of diseases.

High in magnesium

Magnesium is necessary for strong bones. It also is necessary for relieving stress on our bodies. Magnesium keeps our nerves relaxed and also our muscles and blood vessels. Insufficient magnesium leads to higher blood pressure, muscle tension, migraine headaches, and fatigue. Not surprisingly, studies have demonstrated that magnesium helps diminish the frequency of migraine attacks, lowers blood pressure and helps prevent heart attacks.

Controls high blood pressure:

Soaked almond controls high blood pressure. Almonds increases the amount of alpha tocopherol in the blood, it is the compound which is responsible in maintaining blood pressure. It also contains potassium and magnesium, which keeps a check on blood pressure

Keeps heart healthy:

Soaked almonds helps in increasing high density lipoproteins HDL(good cholesterol) and lowers low density lipoproteins LDL (bad cholesterol). It contains magnesium which prevents heart attack.

Oleic acid

As mentioned above, cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts- most of it is in the form of oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. Studies show that oleic acid promotes good cardiovascular health. Cashews are wonderfully cholesterol free and their high antioxidant content helps lower risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases.

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