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Go Nuts over the Amazing Health Benefits of Cashews

Native to Brazil and the Caribbean, cashews are full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals required for normal body functioning.

Exercise & Fitness By Ariba Khaliq / Mar 18, 2014

Nuts of the Caribbean

They are kidney-shaped, delicately flavoured, readily available, amazing snacks for between the meals, make wonderful nut butter, and are indispensible to desserts, salads and stir-fry dishes. You guessed it right; we are talking about cashews (Kaju as we call them in India). Native to Brazil and the Caribbean, cashews are full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals required for normal body functioning. Let us learn the amazing health benefits of cashew nuts. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

 

Prevent Colon Cancer

Cashews are rich sources of Proanthocyanidins- a class of flavonols that fight against tumour cells by stopping them to divide further. These proanthocyanidins along with high copper content help fight against cancerous cells and keeps you away colon cancer. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

 

Keep the Heart Healthy

Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition (Blomhoff R, Carlsen MH), which identified several nuts among plant foods with the highest total antioxidant content, suggests nuts’ high antioxidant content may be key to their cardio-protective benefits. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

 

Lower Blood Pressure

Cashews are low in sodium and high in potassium and thus keep blood pressure under check. When there is excess sodium, the body retains more water which causes the volume of blood to increase in turn increasing the blood pressure. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

 

Make Your Bones Stronger

Magnesium, by balancing calcium, helps regulate nerve and muscle tone. It helps give bones their physical structure. Magnesium is found in abundance in cashews therefore, eating these nuts can give you healthier bones. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

 

Aid in Weight Loss

Even though cashew nuts are considered as fats, they contain good cholesterol. A prospective study published in the journal Obesity shows that people who eat nuts at least twice a week are much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never eat nuts.  Image Courtesy: Getty Images

 

Prevent Gallstones

Twenty years of dietary data collected on 80,000 women from the Nurses' Health Study shows that women who eat least 1 ounce of nuts, peanuts or peanut butter each week have a 25% lower risk of developing gallstones. You can have a handful of cashews as an afternoon-pick-me-up, or toss some cashews on your oatmeal or salad. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

 

Are High on Vitamins

Cashew nuts are rich in vitamins like riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, niacin etc. These vitamins keep you safe from sideroblastic anemia, and pellagra. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

 

Care for Hair

Copper is the mineral which helps your hair get that colour. So if you take cashews which are full of copper content, you can get that black hair that you always wished for. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

 

 

Nerve Healthy

Magnesium is stored on the bones surface which prevents calcium from entering the nerve cells and thus keeps the blood vessels and muscles relaxed. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

 

 

Improve body functions

Their high copper content plays an important role in enzyme activity, hormone production, brain function, etc. Copper is also needed for the production of red blood cells to prevent anaemia. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

 

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