Cashew Nutrition: Absolute the Best Treatment for Depression without Medication
Cashew nuts are considered to be one of the healthiest foods in the world. Unfortunately only a small percentage of the database for natural medicines comprehensive is dedicated to this amazing nut. In order to grow, cashew nuts need humid and hot climate, which is the reason why some countries, such as Tanzania, Nigeria, Brazil and Mozambique, are the largest producers of Cashew Nuts in the world.
5 Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts
#1. These nuts possess an abundance of calories. About 50 grams of these nuts contain 275 calories. In addition to that, they are rich in vitamins, minerals, soluble dietary fiber and numerous phytochemicals that prevent severe diseases, including cancers.
#2. Cashews are also filled with monounsaturated fatty acids, such as palmitoleic and oleic acids, which are great for the heart’s health. They belong in the group of essential fatty acids which can decrease the level of harmful cholesterol (LDL) and also increase the level of good cholesterol (HDL) in our blood.
Scientific studies have proven that the well known Mediterranean diet, which is based mostly on monounsaturated fatty acids, can help organism system protect itself from coronary artery disease and strokes by supporting the blood lipid profile.
#3. These tasty nuts are also rich in essential minerals. Some of the most useful minerals that can be found in cashew nuts are potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, selenium and iron.
By consuming just a handful of cashews daily you will provide the necessary amount of the abovementioned minerals and protect your organism from deficiency-related diseases. Selenium is a highly important micronutrient and it works like a co-factor for antioxidant enzymes, such as Glutathione peroxides, which is known as one of the strongest antioxidants in the human body. Copper also acts as a co-factor for many important enzymes such as cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase. Zinc, on the other hand, plays the same role with enzymes responsible for regulation of the progress of digestion, DNA synthesis and gonadal function.
#4. Cashews can be quite useful due to their numerous essential vitamins, such as pyridoxine (vitamin B6), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), thiamin (vitamin B11) and riboflavin. Just 3.5 Oz (100 grams) of these nuts will provide about 30% of the daily recommended levels of B6 (that is about 0.147 mg). B6 can significantly lower chances of developing homocystinuria and sideroblastic anemia.
On the other hand, niacin improves protection against dermatitis or pellagra. In addition, aforementioned vitamins are crucial for fat, protein and carbohydrates metabolism at a cellular level.
#5. Furthermore, cashews also contain a very small quantity of zeaxanthin, which is a very important pigment of flavonoid antioxidant. Zeaxanthin is selectively absorbed inside the retinal macula in the eyes. It is believed that it provides antioxidant and protective UV ray filtering features and also that it protects us from ARMD also known as “age-related macular degeneration” in old people.
Besides all the above-mentioned benefits of Cashew Nuts, they also are considered to be one of the best alternative treatment for depression.
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