Cashew nuts is a highly valued commercial crop in countries such as Nigeria, India, Brazil, India, Mozambique, and Tanzania.
Cashews are rich in magnesium, copper, manganese, zinc, and phosphorous. Likewise, they have less fat compared to other nuts.
In fact, about 82% of the fat is unsaturated fatty acids, whereas 66% of the unsaturated fatty acid content are the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
In addition, they’re packed with anacardic chemicals that kill the bacteria responsible for acne, pneumonia, tooth decay, tuberculosis, Francisella tularensis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and leprosy.
According to a 20-year collection of dieatary documents, from the Nurses’ Health Study on 80,000 women, consumption of at least an ounce of cashews daily lowers the risk of developing gallstones by 25%.
Moreover, the anacardic acids and cashew nut shell liquid have powerful antitumor, antioxidant, and anti-Helicobacter pylori properties.
As such, cashew nuts are effective in fighting cancer and stomach ulcers. In fact, studies have revealed that cashews reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer.
The consumption of cashew nuts also help to reduce the high triglyceride levels of diabetics, thanks to the monounsaturated fat.
High levels of triglycerides can raise the risk of heart complications.
Cashews also possess powerful cardioprotective properties. It is worth mentioning that the consumption of these nuts minimizes the risk of weight gain.
This is according to a study published in the Obesity journal.