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5 health benefits of eating cashew nuts

5 health benefits of eating cashew nuts

Cashew nuts are, strictly speaking, not nuts at all. Cashew nuts are the seeds of Nigeria in one minute the fruit of the cashew tree, which is native to Brazil.

They are rich in Vitamins C, E, K, phosphorous, iron, magnesium and zinc and also contain antioxidants, phytochemicals and protein.

In a prepared list below, we present you five benefits of eating the kidney shaped nuts which can be eaten, on their own as a snack and are often used in cooking as well.

1) It prevents blood diseases: Limited quantities of cashew nuts, when eaten regularly, can help in preventing blood diseases. Cashew nuts are a rich source of copper that helps eliminate free radicals from the body.

2) Good for hair: Copper found in nuts is also good for hair, helping it remain bright and strong. In addition, copper also is an essential part for many enzymes that help provide colour to the hair.

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3) Good for heart: Anything in excess is harmful and so are cashew nuts. But three to four cashew nuts consumed daily can lower cholesterol. Cashews help lower low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and increases high-density lipoproteins (HDL). HDL carries cholesterol from the heart to liver to be further broken down.

4) Great for skin: Interestingly, oil extracted from cashew nuts is amazingly beneficial for skin. The oil is rich in zinc, magnesium, iron, selenium and phosphorous. Nuts are also a great source of proteins and antioxidants thereby helping your skin remain healthy and wrinkle free. It also helps in prevention of skin cancer.

5) Fights cancer: Cashew nuts are known to have proanthocyanidin (flavonols). This helps fight tumour cells by restricting its growth and division.

6) Helpful for weight loss too: Despite being high in fat and protein, daily intake of nuts in limited quantity (two or three) can help maintain weight. It has high level of dietary fibre and high energy density that helps in weight management.

 

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