Are Cashews Really Good For You – 11 Benefits That Tell You The Truth

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Are Cashews Really Good For You – 11 Benefits That Tell You The Truth Hyderabd040-395603080 November 12, 2019

Who doesn’t know about cashew nuts? Caju is what we call them in India. We use them mostly in sweets and children love to eat them as they are. Cashew nuts are full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals which are required for the normal functioning of the body. They actually belong to Brazil but Portuguese brought them to India in the 16th century. The kidney shaped or bean shaped nuts have many health benefits, a few of which are presented below:

Health Benefits Of Cashews

Below listed are the benefits of cashews.

1. May Prevent Cancer

Cashews contain anacardic acid and inositol, two important compounds that may help prevent colon cancer. They may also help prevent other forms of cancer, including that of the lungs (1).

2. May Boost Heart Health

Cashews have low fat content when compared to other nuts. Studies show that they can reduce levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the bad type). This may promote heart health (2).

3. May Lower High Blood Pressure

Cashew nuts lower your blood pressure, as per studies. This may be attributed to the presence of oleic acid and monounsaturated fatty acids in them (3).

4. May Help Strengthen Bones

Like calcium, magnesium is also important for bone health, which is the main content in cashew nuts (4).

5. May Promote Nerve Health

Cashews contain healthy fats that may promote the health of nerves, by enhancing the myelin coats around them (5).

6. May Prevent Gallstones

Daily intake of cashews (and other tree nuts in general) was found to reduce the risk of developing gallstones (6).

7. May Promote Digestive Health

Cashews contain fiber (7). Fiber is one nutrient that promotes digestive health (8).

8. May Improve Health Of Gums And Teeth

Research shows that cashews may help fight bacteria that ay lead to tooth decay. Cashews also stimulate saliva production, further helping maintain dental health (9).

9. May Promote Better Sleep

Cashews may promote better sleep, thanks to their magnesium content. The nutrient was found to have a calming effect on the mind and body (10).

10. May Eliminate Free Radicals

Cashews can help our body to utilize iron properly and eliminate free radicals that otherwise may cause health problems (11).

11. May Prevent Macular Degeneration

Cashews contain zeaxanthin, an important antioxdiant that may help prevent macular degeneration (12).

Cashews are excellent storehouses of nutrients. But be aware of how many you consume. Increased intake of cashews (more than 30 grams a day) can spike your calorie intake and also may elevate your risk of allergy and oxalates (excess of which may cause kidney stones). Consuming cashews (and other nuts) in moderation is key.

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Ravi Teja Tadimalla

Ravi Teja Tadimalla is a Senior Content Writer who specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. He graduated from SRM University, Chennai, and has been in the field for well over 4 years now. His work involves extensive research on how one can maintain better health through natural foods and organic supplements. Ravi has written over 250 articles and is also a published author. Reading and theater are his other interests.