The cashew tree has its origin from Brazil and today it is found in Brazil, Vietnam, India and many African countries.
1.Heart and circulatory Disorders
The National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has suggested that nuts are beneficial for keeping a check on various ailments, such as heart disease. Studies have shown that nut intake has brought a cholesterol-lowering effect.
Cashews help lower LDL and increase HDL. HDL absorbs the cholesterol and takes it to the liver where it can be broken
FDA had stated in 2003 that a fistful of nuts a day may reduce the risk of heart disease. The heart association recommends four servings of unsalted, unoiled nuts a week and also warns against eating too much, because of heavy calories.
2. Prevents Blood Disease
Cashew nuts are a rich source of copper, and plays an important role in the elimination of free radicals from the body. Copper deficiency may leads to iron deficiencies resulting in anemia. The consumption of cashews on a regular basis in limited servings may help in preventing blood diseases.
3. Protects the Eye
In today’s environment with excessive pollution, our eyes often suffer from various allergies and infections. Cashews contains a powerful antioxidant pigment called Zea Xanthin. This pigment is readily and directly absorbed by our retina, this then forms a protective layer over our retina which prevents the harmful UV rays.
4. Good for the Skin
Derived from the cashew seeds, “cashew oil does wonders for your skin,” says Gargi Sharma, Manager Weight Management, Aayna. Cashew nut oil is rich in selenium, zinc, magnesium, iron and phosphorous. Also, they are great sources of phytochemicals, proteins and antioxidants. The high percentage of selenium in cashews is not only good for your skin but “helps prevent cancer as well,” says nutritionist Anju Sood.
5. Weight Loss
In comparison to diets excluding the intake of nuts, people consuming nuts on a moderate and regular basis lose weight faster. Based on the evidence from epidemiological and controlled clinical studies, nut consumption is not associated with higher body weight. The study done by the Journal of Nutrition states that the epidemiological evidence indicates consistently that nut consumers have a lower BMI than non-consumers. With respect to clinical studies, the evidence is nearly uniform that their inclusion in the diet leads to little or no weight gain. Moreover, nuts like cashews are “packed with Omega 3 fatty acids that contribute to giving a boost to the metabolic process to burn excess fat,” says Delhi-based nutritionist Shilpa Arora. Nuts are a great snack for those who are looking to lose weight as they are nutritious and tend to keep you full for a longer time. “Nuts should always be eaten raw and unsalted, so they are beneficial for weight loss efforts,” adds Shilpa.
6. Source of Dietary Fibres
According to studies, cashew nuts have a great percentage of dietary fibers. The two essential dietary fibres required by our body are, oleic acid and palmitic acid. “These fibers are not produced by our body hence they need to be consumed externally,” says nutritionist Anju Sood. Cashew nuts are good sources of these fibers. Dietary fibers help digest food better, however excessive consumption may cause bloating and significant intestinal gas production. Consumption of nuts like cashews have been related to decreased incidences of several digestive diseases.
7. Healthy and Shiny Hair
Experts say that the consumption of cashews as well as the application of cashew oil on your scalp ensures healthy hair. “Copper present in cashew nut oil helps in the production of skin and hair pigment called melanin,” says nutritionist Gargi Sharma. It also enhances hair colour and can provide a silky-smooth texture due to the presence of linoleic and oleic acids.
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