Cashew is widely cultivated in tropical climatic regions. The cashew nut itself is used as a popular ingredient in savoury dishes worldwide. Known as “kwayoyi” in Hausa, “eso” in Yoruba, and mkpuru cashew in Ibo, the cashew nuts are loaded with powerful nutrients. Experts suggest that nuts generally are some of the healthiest snack options, and cashew nut is easily available and found in the local markets all year round.
According to the book Healing Foods by DK Publishing, some of the highest antioxidant levels of all plant foods are found in nuts.
Consumption of cashew and its nut can greatly help in weight management and prevention of gallstones. A study conducted on gallstone showed that nuts rich in vitamins and minerals such as cashew nuts, offer protective factors against this chronic disease. It protects the metabolic system, encourages rapid weight loss, and maintains healthy hormone levels.
Cashew nuts contain high level of copper element that helps to promote healthy brain functioning. The nut also improves oxygenated blood flow to your brain; it boosts the oxygen supply to your brain and improves memory power.
Cashew nuts have a great percentage of dietary fibre, according to studies. The two essential dietary fibres required by our body are oleic acid and palmitic acid. “These fibres are not produced by our body hence they need to be consumed externally,” says nutritionist Anju Sood, of the University of India. Dietary fibres help digest food better; however, excessive consumption may cause bloating and significant intestinal gas production.
Cashew nuts regulate blood sugar levels by improving the muscle cells response to it. In fact, it helps in the proper absorption of blood sugar in the cells. Another study showed that a regular dose of cashew nuts can drastically lower fasting glucose levels and improve glycemic index of the body.
Also the magnesium content aids a lot in maintaining your healthy and strong teeth and gums if used on a regular basis. Also, it inhibits tooth decay and abscessed teeth.
Another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) also establishes a significant association between the consumption of nuts and a lower incidence of death due to heart diseases, cancer and respiratory diseases. The study stated that nutrients in nuts such as unsaturated fatty acids, protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants may confer heart-protective, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Recent studies have also revealed that cashew nuts provide the needed nutrients for bone growth: It has many minerals like calcium, phosphorus and many more nutrients required for your healthy growth as well as development of the bones among women, men and kids.