HEALTH BENEFITS OF CASHEWS
Heart healthy : Cashews are lower in fat than most nuts. About 75 % of the fat it contains are monounsaturated fats and this fat is mostly made up of oleic acid. Oleic acid promotes cardiovascular health. It also reduces triglyceride levels . High levels of triglycerides is associated with heart disease. Cashews also contain copper which is a component of most enzymes. It facilitates the utilization of iron and prevents iron deficiency anemia. It contains magnesium which may decrease your blood pressure and prevents heart attacks.
Bone health : Cashew is loaded with magnesium which is known to be vital for healthy bones. Magnesium helps give bones their physical structure. It also contains copper which is a component of many enzymes and helps in the development of bones and connective tissues.
Weigh loss : According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, people who eat nuts twice a week are more likely to lose weight than those who never eat nuts. Nuts are high in fat but these are mostly good fat. Cashews are also known to have lower fat content than most nuts. The high fiber content in nuts also helps with weight loss.
Good for nerves : Magnesium found in cashews serves a nature’s calcium blocker. It prevents calcium from rushing into the nerves and activating them. This keeps the nerves as well as blood vessels and muscles they enervate relaxed. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to diseases like high blood pressure, migraine headaches and muscle cramps.
Anti cancer : Cashews contain proanthocyanidins which are a class of flavonoids. They are known to starve cancer cells and prevent them from dividing. Eating cashew reduces your risk of colon cancer.REFERENCES
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