5 Health Reasons To Munch On Cashews

by Sumdima Rai

Cashews are so much fun to munch, aren’t they? You must have heard that they are healthy, but do you know exactly how they help you? Cashews are rich in phosphorous, potassium, copper, zinc, healthy fats, antioxidants and plant iron that have amazing health benefits. Here are some of them.

1) Prevent Depression
Cashews provide the essential amino acid L-tryptophan, which is needed to produce serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects the mood. Research has shown that low levels of tryptophan may lead to depression.

2) Prevent Cancer
Cashews are rich in antioxidants called proanthocyannidins that actually starve tumor cells and stop cancer cells from dividing.

3) Promote Heart Health
Cashews are cholesterol-free and their high antioxidant content helps lower cardiovascular diseases. Magnesium in cashews lower blood pressure and prevents heart strokes.

4) Promote Good Bone Health
Cashews are a great source of magnesium, zinc and copper—three essential nutrients to maintain good bone health. These nutrients are necessary for mineralization (the process of laying down minerals on matrix of bones) of bone and vital for the function of enzymes combining collagen and elastin (components of connective tissue found in bones), providing flexibility in bones and joints.

5) Boost Immune System
Zinc in cashews strengthens the immune system against microbial infections. Zinc deficiency has been often associated with elevated inflammation and taking zinc supplements like cashews results in lessening the duration of the inflammation.

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