Cashews – Health Benefits

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cashew nutCashews are delicious crunchy nuts that are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. This makes it a  super food with loads of health benefits.

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.

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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.

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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.

Prevents gallstones : People who eat nuts regularly have a lower risk of developing gallstones.

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.

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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.

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Health benefits of cashews. Livestrong.com. http://www.livestrong.com/article/260050-health-benefits-of-cashews/. Accessed December 17,2013

Health Benefits of Nut Consumption. National Library of Medicine. PubMed Health. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257681/. Accessed December 17,2013

Nuts About Nuts? 5 Top Healthy Nuts to Feast On.CNCA Health. https://www.cncahealth.com/explore/learn/nutrition-food/nuts-about-nuts-5-top-healthy-nuts-to-feast-on. Accessed December 17, 2013

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