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Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts

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.

Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts:

  • 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.
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Nutrient Content of Cashew 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.

Health Benefits of Cashew Fruit:

  • 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.

Medicinal Uses of Cashew Leaves: Gargling with an infusion of cashew leaves (5 tablespoons) can help relieve sore gums and toothache. Make sure not to swallow the solution.

Medicinal Uses of Cashew Nut Oil:

  • 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.

“This post was originally published on January 9, 2012 @ 23:10”

Len Carpio

The majority of articles I published were focused on health. I’m very interested in using natural remedies as they enhance the body's ability to heal itself and have no harmful side effects. I became interested in natural remedies when I met a Gerson therapist, who told me that in Gerson therapy they use “ live food” (organic vegetable, fruits, etc) to cure their patients. For the body to fight different illnesses, our immune system should be strong. In Gerson therapy they promote the supplementation of healthy and nutritious “ live food” for the body to fight disease, repair and regain its strength. I hope you will enjoy and learn from reading my articles. Have a good day and lets all be healthy :)

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