Health Benefits of Cashews
By Madhusudhan Tammisetti
The scientific name of cashews is Anacardium occidentale, and they are seeds, not nuts that grows attached to the cashew fruit.
Originally found in Brazil during Portuguese rule, they were soon exported and may now be found growing in a variety of subtropical climates. They are frequently consumed and may be used in a variety of cuisines. They can also be converted into cashew butter, which is a terrific alternative to peanut butter.
Cashews are available throughout the year. You can consume them as is or cut and sprinkle them on different treats. You can also add them to different cuisines.
Cashews provide a number of health benefits, including assisting in the production of blood, promoting heart health, lowering blood pressure, preventing cancer, reducing migraines, decreasing gallstone development, and assisting in weight loss. Boosting testosterone levels, maintaining skin health, preserving eyesight, improving fertility, and supporting liver health are some of the additional benefits.
May Support Eye Health
While cashews lack Vitamin A, they do contain modest levels of an antioxidant called zeaxanthin, which protects the macula in the eyes from damage. Zeaxanthin has the ability to filter UV rays, which helps keep harmful UV radiation from damaging the eyes.
May Help in Blood Production
Cashews are high in iron and copper, both of which are necessary for red blood cell production. Hemoglobin, a protein that binds oxygen and allows it to be delivered to cells to the entire body, is carried by red blood cells. Regular intake of cashews will improve the blood count while also increasing the energy levels.
Helps With Blood Pressure
Cashews contain magnesium and potassium, two key minerals associated with blood pressure management that promote the relaxing of blood vessels and counter the effects of too much salt. Too much sodium causes water retention, which causes blood pressure and blood volume to rise. Potassium is associated with nerve conduction, which affects heart muscle contractility.
Good for Heart
Although they are heavy in fat, cashews are not high in the kind that is often unhealthy. Instead, they include a lot of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which are good for the heart's health, help decrease cholesterol, and keep blood vessels healthy. Mediterranean-style diets that are rich in essential monounsaturated fats are preferable for a healthy heart and may help reduce heart-related disorders.
Good for Healthy Bones
Calcium is important for bone health, and there are a plethora of other micronutrients whose roles go unnoticed. Copper is one among them. It may assist in promoting bone mineralization, making it more structurally solid and less prone to osteoporosis and fractures. Copper deficiency may be the limiting factor in maintaining healthy bones when calcium and other mineral needs are satisfied, yet bones remain weak.
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