Saturday, July 17, 2010

Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts

Cashew is a bean shaped nut that grows on a tropical evergreen tree. Cashew nuts are loaded with “good” fats and are a rich source of phytochemicals and antioxidants. These chemicals protect us from cancer and heart disease. Here are some important health benefits of cashew nuts.
  • Cashew is a good body builder
  • It has no cholesterol.
  • It helps maintain healthy gums and teeth.
  • It is an energizing food.
  • It contains healthy monounsaturated fat that promotes good cardiovascular health, because monounsaturated fats reduce high triglyceride levels which are associated with increased risk for heart disease.
  • Cashew is rich in antioxidants that help in the elimination of free radicals that may cause some cancer.
  • Magnesium works with calcium to support healthy muscles and bones in the body. It also helps promote normal sleep patterns in menopausal women.
  • Cashew nuts have a high energy density and high amount of dietary fiber, both have been attributed to a beneficial effect on weight management, but only when eaten in moderation
  • Cashew's high copper content is vital in energy production, greater flexibility in blood vessels, bones and joints.
  • Cashew nut consumption helps the body utilize iron, develop bone, eliminate free radicals and connective tissue, and produce the skin and hair pigment melanin.
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