Cashews nuts are known as one of the healthiest foods worldwide. However, few people are familiar with the many benefits they offer, and very small percentage of natural remedies comprehensive database is devoted to them.
Brazil, Nigeria, Mozambique, and Tanzania are the largest producers of these nuts, mainly because the cashew nuts require humid and hot climate in order to grow.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CASHEW NUTS
These beneficial nuts are high in soluble dietary fibers, vitamins, minerals, and many phytochemicals, able to protect us from various diseases, including cancer. However, they are also high in calories; about 50 grams of this food contain 275 calories.
When it comes to the aforementioned vitamin content, these amazing nuts are rich in many essential vitamins, such as vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 or pyridoxine, riboflavin, and vitamin B11 or thiamin. These vitamins are very important for the metabolism of carbs, protein, and fat at a cellular level. Moreover, niacin improves the protection against dermatitis or pellagra.
In addition, the pyridoxine or vitamin B6 provides numerous health benefits and it significantly reduces the chances of developing homocystinuria and sideroblastic anemia. Only 3.5 Oz (100 gr) of these nuts provide about 30% of daily recommended levels of B6 (that’s about 0.147 mg).
Furthermore, these nuts are high in essential minerals. Some of the most significant minerals found in cashew nuts are copper, iron, manganese, zinc, potassium, magnesium, and selenium. It is interesting to note that only a handful of cashew nuts a day can provide the necessary amounts of these minerals and to prevent some deficiency-related diseases.
For example, copper acts as a co-factor for numerous important enzymes, such as cytochrome c-oxidase and dismutase. Selenium is important micronutrient which acts as co-factor for antioxidant enzymes like Glutathione peroxides, known as one of the most potent antioxidants in the human body. Finally, zinc plays the same role along with enzymes which are responsible for the regulation of growth and progress of digestion, DNA synthesis, and gonodal function.
Cashew nuts also contain large quantities of oleic acids, palmitoleic acids, and monounsaturated fatty acids which promote good heart health. These acids are members of the group of essential fatty acids which are able to reduce the level of bad LDL cholesterol and increase the level of good HDL cholesterol in the body. Moreover, many studies have shown that the popular diet called Mediterranean diet which is mainly based on monounsaturated fatty acids, protects our system from coronary artery diseases and strokes by supporting the blood lipid profile.
Finally, these nuts are known to contain small amount of zeaxanthin, one of the very important pigments of flavonoid antioxidants and it is selectively absorbed inside the retinal macula in our eyes. In addition, this pigment offers antioxidant and protective UV ray filtering properties, and it protects from ARMD or age-related macular degeneration in old people.
CASHEW NUT ALLERGY
Some people are advised not to consume these nuts, as they may have negative impact on their health. As a matter of fact, the cashew nut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in both adults and children. Even if consumed in small quantities, just as peanuts, they can cause serious allergic reactions.
SYMPTOMS OF CASHEW NUT ALLERGY
You should be extra cautious when buying Asian meals, ice cream or cakes, as cashew nuts are hidden ingredients in these foods. Keep reading and learn which are the main symptoms of cashew nut allergy are. Seek professional help right away in case you experience some of the following symptoms:
- Tingling or itching around or in the mouth only couple of minutes after you consume or touch cashew/ food that contains cashew
- Red, raised, itchy welts in different sizes may form at different parts of the body
- Stomach cramps and/or vomiting are also signs of cashew nut allergy
- Some serious symptoms include: nausea, difficulty swallowing, projectile vomiting, diarrhea
- Swollen throat or tongue which interrupts the airway
- Asthma or hay fever in case of airborne cashew nut allergens inhalation
- Clear sign of other airways issues are wheezing and whistling sounds heard while exhaling
- Symptoms related to asthma attack caused by this allergy may include chest pains, shortness of breath and chest tightening
- Allergic reactions in nose and nasal passage show symptoms, such as itchy nose, itching on the top of the mouth, coughing, itchy eyes, and stuffy or runny nose
- Sometimes consuming cashew nuts may result in a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Even small amounts of these nuts may cause an anaphylactic shock.
The anaphylaxis begins suddenly and it may become a life threatening within few seconds. This is why looking for immediate medical care is a must. This condition is associated with the following symptoms:
- Swelling of the throat which causes breathing problems
- Fast pulse
USE CASHEW AS NATURAL REMEDY FOR DEPRESSION
Besides the numerous health benefits they offer, these nuts are known as the best alternative treatment in cases of depression.
As stated by David Adams, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy who was part of the Drug Information Association Annual Meeting in 1993, the things happening around dietary supplements and the legal arena should be paid special attention.
This statements refers to the new class of products which are about to compete with already existing drugs, in case the producers of natural remedies manage to get the support. This is the reason why special law that will regulate the supplements is more than necessary.
Consequently, there was a report released in 1993 by the FDA Dietary Task Force, indicating that the existence and selling of dietary supplements won`t endanger the efforts to create new drugs.
Just like the many other natural remedies used for the treatment of various diseases, there is also a very effective all natural depression treatment. Logically, the pharmaceutical industry will sustain a huge financial lost if leaks in the public, and as a result they decide to hide the truth from us.
The fact that was hidden from us was that cashew nuts are an amazing source of tryphophan, an essential amino acid that should be taken from the food we consume. This ingredient balances our behavior; notably reduces the levels of stress, anxiety and depression; it helps children grow and develop; improves sleep, and it regulates our mood.
It was proven that cashew nuts contain about 1,000-2,000 mg of this component which is as effective as the many usually prescribed antidepressants. The most important thing is that this component doesn’t cause any side effects, unlike the antidepressants.