Cashew is a bean shaped nut that grows on a tropical evergreen tree. The cashew tree is related to poison ivy and the shell or pericarp of the cashew nuts contains an irritating poison.
People who touch the shell sometimes develop skin rashes/blisters; this is the reason why cashew nuts are always sold shelled and dried. Even the so-called “raw” cashews have actually been roasted to remove all the poison/toxic resin from the nuts. Cashew nuts has a high content of monounsaturated fats, copper and magnesium.
Cashew Nuts Health Benefits:
- Cashew nut is a nourishing snack; it has no cholesterol and has high fiber content; it is therefore ideal for body builder and for people who are watching their diet. But be careful not to overeat cashew nuts because too much of this can be fattening also.
- Cashew contains healthy monounsaturated fat that promotes good cardiovascular health, monounsaturated fats help reduce high triglyceride level which is associated with increased risk for heart disease.
- Cashew is a good source of magnesium; this mineral works with calcium to support healthy muscles and bones in the body. It also helps promote normal sleep patterns in menopausal women.
- Cashew’s has high copper content is vital in energy production, greater flexibility in blood vessels, bones and joints.
- Cashew nut helps produce the skin and hair pigment melanin – premature graying of hair can be prevented by eating cashew nut.
Cashew Nutrient Content Per 100 gms:
- Thiamine: .63 mg.
- Riboflavin: .19 mg.
- Niacin: 2.1 mg.
- Calcium: 46 mg.
- Phosphorus: 428 mg.
- Fat: 48.2 gm.
- Carbohydrates: 27 gm.
- Protein: 18.5 gm.
- Calories: 578
Storage tips: Cashew nut spoils quickly at room temperature and should be refrigerated. If refrigerated in a tightly sealed container, they will keep for six months or up to a year if frozen.
Cashew Fruit Health Benefits:
- Cashew fruit is rich in vitamin C, a powerful remedy for colds and flu. The juice of cashew is now popping up in herbal formulas designed to boost energy and sexual function.
- Cashew juice can help to induce perspiration.
- Cashew juice can help increase the amount of urine.
Cashew Leaves Medicinal Uses: Gargling with an infusion of cashew leaves (5 tablespoons) can help relieve sore gums and toothache. Make sure not to swallow the solution.
Cashew Nut Oil Medicinal Uses:
- Cashew nut oil contains cardol and anacardic acid which has antibacterial (including H. pylori), antifungal, antiprotozoal, and antihelmintic properties. Anacardic acid has cytotoxic effect against some breast and cervical cancer cells.
- Cashew nut oil was found to be effective in the removal of warts, corns and melanomas of the skin.
Caution: Cashew oil contains poisonous substances; make sure to ask a licensed health practitioner before trying cashew nut oil treatment.