Cashews are quite popular and are used while baking food, as well as while cooking savoury meals. They can be crushed and added to a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, or can just be eaten raw, roasted, and/or with salt.
Cashew Nut Shell Liquid: The cashew nut shell liquid (which is a byproduct of procuring cashews) is used to prepare paints, insecticides, drugs, resins, anti-termite treatments for timber, and plastics. It also has antibiotic effects and is used medicinally to treat a sore tooth, ringworm, scurvy, leprosy, warts, and elephantiasis.
Cashew barks and leaves: The cashew bark and leaf can be used to treat diarrhea as well as colic. The leaf extract also helps with reducing blood sugar levels and blood pressure. The bark has astringent properties and an infusion of the bark can be used to treat oral ulcers, sore throat, and even influenza. By boiling the leaves of the tree in water, one is left with an anti-pyretic that can be utilized to treat ache and pains all over the body.
Benefits Of Cashews
1. Prevents Cancer
Proanthocyanidins are a class of flavonols which fight against tumor cells by stopping them to divide further. These proanthocyanidins and high copper content in cashew nuts help fight against cancerous cells and keeps you away from colon cancer. This is one of the major cashew nut benefits
2. Healthy Heart
Cashews contain low fat content when compared to other nuts and that too in the oleic acid form which is very healthy for heart. They are cholesterol free and the antioxidants present keeps you away from heart diseases
3. Lowers High Blood Pressure
Cashew nuts lower your blood pressure with the help of magnesium present in them.
4. Helps Hair
Copper is the mineral which helps your hair get that color. So if you take cashews which are full of copper content, you can get that black hair that you always wished for.
5. Healthy Bones
Like calcium, magnesium is also important for bone health which is the main content in cashew nuts.
6. Healthy Nerves
Magnesium is stored on the bones surface which prevents calcium from entering the nerve cells and thus keeps the blood vessels and muscles relaxed. Insufficient amount of magnesium can lead calcium to enter the blood vessels leading them to contract. It also leads to high blood pressure, migraine headache etc.
7. Prevents Gallstones
Daily intake of cashew nut can reduce the risk of developing gallstones up to 25%.
8. Helps in Weight Loss
Even though cashew nuts are considered as fats, it contains good cholesterol . So contrary to popular belief, those who eat cashews at least twice a week gain less weight when compared to those who eat less.
Selenium, copper, magnesium etc. act as co-factors for many enzymes.
10. Helps Digestion
Cashew nuts help in growth and development, nucleic acid synthesis and digestion
11. High on Vitamins
Cashew nuts are rich in vitamins like riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, niacin etc. These vitamins keep you safe from sideroblastic anemia, pellagra, etc
12. Healthy Gums and Teeth
As mentioned before, the magnesium content present in cashew nuts is very good for bones. So it gives healthy teeth as well as strong gums to hold them.
13. Pleasant sleep
After menopause, these cashew nuts can give you relaxed and pleasant sleep during nights.
14. Free Radicals:
Cashew nuts help our body to utilize iron properly and eliminate free radicals which cause health problems.
15. Muscular Degeneration:
Cashew nuts have the ability to filter Sun’s UV rays and protect us from muscular degeneration.