Cashews are not only delicious to eat as snacks. It is also safe to eat since it contains monounsaturated fat.
In body, monounsaturated fat can be processed as saturated fat; helps reduce total cholesterol level and bad cholesterol level (LDL).
One ounce cashews provide 20 percent of suggested daily fat. Cashews also rich of iron, phosphor, selenium and zinc. Besides that, cashews are sources of phytopharmacy, antioxidant and protein.
Here, some health benefits of cashews:
1. Prevent cancer
Cashews contain proanthocyanidins, type of flavanol that is proven can terminate tumor cell and prevent cancer cells to reproduce.
Study showed that copper level in cashews were high, so they can prevent free radical as well as good sources of phytochemical and antioxidant for our body.
2. Protect Heart Health
Cashews contain many oelic acids. This type of monounsaturated fat also can be found in olive oil; help improves heart health as well as reduces triglycerides.
Besides that, magnesium in cashews can help reduce blood pressure and prevents heart attack.
Besides that, it can help press risks of coronary heart and cardiovascular diseases if people consume it regularly.
3. Nourish hair and skin
Cashew is rich of copper that is one important component to build tyrosinase. This enzyme has a job to convert tyrosine to melanin, a pigment that gives colors on hair and skin.
4. Nourish Bone health
Cashew also contains magnesium, a substance to build bones. Besides that, copper in cashew gives flexibility on bones and joints.
5. Good for nerves
Besides for bones, magnesium in cashew gives benefits to the flow of nerves and muscles. Magnesium protects blood vessels and muscles stay relaxes by slowing down calcium flows to nerves cells.
Research showed that magnesium reduce migraine attacks frequencies, reduces blood pressure and helps prevent heart attack.
In the other sides, magnesium deficiency in body can cause high blood pressures, muscle tensions and fatigue.
6. Reduce kidney stone
Women, who consumed at least one ounce cashew each week, have lower risk to have kidney stone for 25 %. This was coming from research results that were collected by 80,718 women on Nurses’ Health Study.
7. Reduce weight
They who consume this nut twice a week can prevent weight gain and obesity. This is because cashew is high of good fat.
Cashews have ideal ratio of fat in nuts, which is 1:2:1 for saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fat. This nut is high in energy and fiber, makes it a healthy snack.