Do you know that cashew nuts help in the formation of blood cells? This is because they are rich in several minerals needed for the formation of blood cells. More so, these nuts contain unsaturated fats which help lower cholesterol levels and as such improve heart health as well as provide some vital vitamins needed by the body. Here are some of the health benefits of cashew Nuts:
- Provision of Essential Minerals: Cashew nuts are rich in mineral contents like copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, selenium and calcium among others. Because of this, they can help in maintaining the rightful body-balance of minerals needed for optimum health. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database, 1 oz of raw cashew nuts contain 31% of copper, 23% of manganese, 20% of magnesium, 17% of phosphorus, 10% of iron, 8% of selenium and 5% of vitamin B6. From 1 oz of roasted cashews, for instance, the 0.6 mg of copper that it contained is a quantity more than the 30 percent of the set recommended intake and this helps the body greatly. Cashews also contain sodium at a very minute quantity unless they are salted nuts.
- Production of Blood Cells: As stated above, cashew contained high amount of copper which is needed by the body for the production of hemoglobin, collagen, elastin and protection of nerve fibers. The copper and the iron are essential ingredients needed for the formation and utilization of red blood in the body.
- Provision of Vitamins: Though the vitamin content of cashew nuts is not as huge as the mineral content, it however contains some vitamins which are important for the body. They contain vitamin B, K and traces of Vitamin E. The vitamin K content for instance is more than the 10% of the recommended daily intake.
- Strengthening of the Immune System: The zinc content of the cashew nuts helps in the strengthening of the immune system against microbial infections as well as in protein synthesis and the healing of wounds. It is also very important during pregnancy for the growth of the baby and the developmental years of childhood to maintain a stable state of the body.
- Reduction in the Risk of Diabetes: Cashew nuts have been found to help in controlling the body’s blood sugar. According to a research conducted by the University of Montreal which was released in December 2010 issue of “Molecular Nutrition and Food Research”, it was found that an extract of cashew nuts, which contained Anarcardic acid, improved the ability of sugar to enter cells on lab rats which consequently decreases the sugar in the blood stream. It also helps in a process called glycolysis. These all help in the reduction in the risk of diabetes.
- Reduction in the Risk of Cancer: Cashew nuts also contain many antioxidant compounds which are regarded as anti-cancer agents. Proanthocyanidins are some of the antioxidant compounds found in cashews which are believed to have the ability to stop the growth of certain cancer cells.
- Helps in Weight Loss: Because cashew nuts contains primarily unsaturated fats, replacing the animal fats and proteins with this is believed to be an excellent way of managing weight and reducing the build-up of fats and cholesterol in the heart. This is also ascertained by an Harvard research with result showing that two servings of nuts a day is helpful in the fight against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.
- Helps in Bone Development and Oral Health: Cashew nuts also provide phosphorus which is essential for the healthy development of teeth and bones. More so, phosphorus aids in protein synthesis, absorption of carbohydrates and fats and the maintenance of cellular health.
- Prevention of Anemia: Since cashew nuts are a good source of dietary iron which is vital for carrying oxygen around the body and aids in the proper functioning of enzymes and the immune system, it is generally believed that it prevents anemia and its deficiency lead to body fatigue, anemia, and an increased susceptibility to infections.
Cashew is a unique healthy food that stands out, both in taste and in shape, among other nuts. Eat a handful today and have less infection to worry about.