Cashew Nuts or as in India, we call them Kaju, have often consumed raw, roasted or as a garnish over deserts. Since our childhood, we have been fond of this Cashew Nut. While it leaves us with a sweet taste, there are many myths around Kaju or Cashew being bad for your health.
Let's break them today!
Cashew Nuts are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are required for proper functioning of the body, these kidney shaped nuts are extremely beneficial, given below a few:
Proanthocyanidins are a class of flavonols which helps our body fight against tumor cells by stopping them to divide further. Along with these, the high copper content in cashew nuts help fight against cancerous cells and keeps us away from colon cancer.
Yes, consuming Cashew Nut (Kaju) will aid your heart to stay healthy. Cashews contain low fat content when compared to other nuts and which is in the oleic acid form, thus it is very healthy for heart. They are cholesterol free and the antioxidants present keeps you away from heart diseases.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Due to good quantity of Magnesium present in the nut, it helps our body control higher blood pressures.
Inside out body, Magnesium is present on the bones surface which stops calcium from entering the nerve cells and thus help us keeps the blood vessels and muscles relaxed. Insufficient amount of magnesium leads to high blood pressure, migraine headache etc. Good amount of Magnesium from Cashew helps you have healthy nervous system.
Prevents Gallstones (Gallbladder Stones)
Gallstones are hard deposits in your gallbladder, a small organ that stores bile, which is a digestive fluid made in the liver. Gallstones may consist of cholesterol, salt, or bilirubin, which is discarded red blood cells. Daily intake of cashewnut can reduce the risk of developing gallstones by upto 25%.
Cashew nuts help in growth and development, nucleic acid synthesis and digestion.
Cashew nuts are very rich in vitamins like riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, niacin etc. These vitamins keep you safe from sideroblastic anemia, pellagra, etc
Healthy Gums & Teeth
Due to good quantity of Magnesium presents, the bone care is aided by Cashew nuts, thus it gives us healthy and stronger teeth and gums.
Post Menopause Sleep
If you've already hit the menopause, then your sleep worries will would be taken care by a couple of cashews. They help you in relaxed and sound sleep.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula. The macula is a small area in the retina — the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly. (source: American Academy of Ophthalmology ). Cashew nuts have the ability to filter Sun’s UV rays and protect us from macular degeneration.
Now that you know about some awesome health benefits of Cashew, I am sure you'd not shy away from having a few every week. While munching, put your questions in the comment section below. Don't forget to share it with your friends.