Cashew is a buttery and tasty nut that many people like to eat owing to its delicate unique taste. Apart from the taste, it offers a quite a lot of health benefits. This healthy nut grows attached to the cashew apple what we call “Kaju puhulan” in sinhala. People have been using cashew apple and the cashew nut for many delicate recipes since many years.
It is very interesting to understand that the cashew health benefits are beyond the taste.
1. Cashew nuts are good for heart health
The researches have been consistently showing that consumption of nuts have a cholesterol lowering effect. Cashews have been found to lower the LDL levels in the blood and also for increasing the carrying capacity for HDL. Higher the amount of LDL is higher the risk of heart failures.
In 2003, FDA had stated that a fistful amount of nuts a day as part of a low-fat diet may reduce the risk of heart disease.
You need to go for unsalted & un oiled nuts for the consumption. But eating too much nuts may also affect for undesirable effects on health because they are rich in calories.
The researches done related with cashew nuts and the analytical studies show that they are full of such as unsaturated fatty acids, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These have the ability to confer heart-protective, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Cashew has the ability to prevent blood diseases
Cashew nuts are rich in copper. Copper importance for the human body is to eliminate the free radicals from the human body. The researchers have also found that deficiency of copper can cause for the deficiency of iron as well and ultimately results the condition of anemia.
3. Cashew is rich with antioxidants
Surprisingly cashew contains the antioxidant called zea xanthin which is readily and directly absorbed to the retina of our eye.
Another antioxidant in cashew is lutein. Lutein together with zea xanthin have been found to be capable of protecting the eye from the free radicals.
Macular degenaration like eye related health issues show a relationship with deficiency of these antioxidants.
As a summary, the antioxidants in cashew can help to maintain the eye health.
4. Cashew contains selenium that’s good for skin health
You know cashew oil contains a high quantity of selenium. Selenium importance for the skin is to maintain the skin health. Apart from the high selenium quantity in cashew it is also rich with zinc, magnesium, iron and phosphorous.
So you will not miss the goodness of cashew if you go for fistful amount of cashew !
5. Cashew can help for weight loss
It has been found that those who consume nuts in moderate basis show that they have undergone weight loss.
Some clinical studies also show that these people gain no or little weight gain.
The omega 3 fatty acid presence in cashew is helpful for agining the weight loss by burning excessive fat in the human body.
More importantly , you need to consume cashew in unsalted un-oiled state and in raw type for the achieving the desired health benefits’
These are a few points researchers have identified and still many more things are yet to come. So then it will be definitely supportive to the statement “Cashew health benefits are beyond the taste”
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