Cashew Nuts - 250 Gms.
Cashew Nuts or Kaju in Hindi, are most sought after dry fruits by youth and children. Cashew are good for your heart, bones, eyes and especially for your nerves. it is a zero cholesterol nut, good for your cardiovascular health.
Health Benefits of Cashews /Kaju :
Healthy Nerves: Magnesium is stored on the bones surface which prevents calcium from entering the nerve cells and thus keeps the blood vessels and muscles relaxed. Insufficient amount of magnesium can lead calcium to enter the blood vessels leading them to contract. It also leads to high blood pressure, migraine headache etc.
Heart Healthy: Cashews contain low-fat content when compared to other nuts and that too in the oleic acid form which is very healthy for the heart. They are cholesterol free and the antioxidants present keeps you away from heart diseases. The National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in its case study points out that nuts are likely to be beneficial for health, keeping a check on various ailments, such as heart disease. Studies consistently show that nut intake has a cholesterol-lowering effect, in the context of healthy diets, and there is emerging evidence of beneficial effects on oxidative stress, inflammation, and vascular reactivity. Cashews help lower LDL and increase the carrying capacity for HDL. HDL is responsible to absorb the cholesterol from the heart and take it to the liver where it can be broken down.
Prevents cancer: Health benefits of cashew nuts don’t stop there. Cashews contain a type of flavanol called proanthocyanidins, which studies have shown restrict the growth of cancerous cells and starve tumors. In addition to this, cashews are a good source of copper, which help remove free radicals from the body.
Good for Your Eyes: In the urban environment matched with its excessive pollution, our eyes often suffer from various infections. Cashews contain a powerful antioxidant pigment called Zea Xanthin. This pigment is readily and directly absorbed by our retina, says nutritionist Anju Sood. This then forms a protective layer over our retina which prevents the harmful UV rays. Dr. Anshul Jaibahrat Bhatnagar says small quantities of Zea Xanthin helps prevent age-related macular degeneration in elderly and hence helps maintain eye health.