Cashew Nuts are found at the bottom of a Cashew tree. The Cashew nuts are actually hidden at the bottom of a fruit that also grows on that tree and the fruit is known as Caju. The caju fruit is also known as the cashew apple. This fruit is pear-shaped and is either the color of yellow or red.
The tree is native to the coastlines of the northeastern area of Brazil and dates back as far as the sixteenth century when some Portuguese explores introduced cashew nuts into India and some African countries. Today, the leading producers of cashews are India, Tanzania, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Brazil.
The cashew nuts itself is kidney shaped and has a delicate flavor. Putting the cashew nuts into a food processor and processing them into small slivers that can be used on top of salads, pasta, soups, stews, desserts, and some fried dishes.
Cashew is high in calcium and magnesium. Magnesium helps the body in many ways and here are just a few examples: Magnesium helps by giving physical structure to the bones and the bones store some of the extra magnesium on the surface of the bones, so that it can be used whenever the bones need it, helps by regulating the tone of the nerves and muscle, and is a natural calcium channel blocker. A natural calcium channel blocker prevents extra calcium from entering into the nerve cells and activates the nerves. Another word, a calcium channel blocker helps the nerves relax. Although, lack of daily amounts of calcium can lead to many different problems such as muscle spasms, migraine headaches, and high blood pressure, eating a few serving of cashew a week can solve this problem. The nuts also help to prevent muscle tension, soreness in the body, and fatigue.
The nuts are also rich in copper which helps in the removal of certain harmful free radicals in the body, aids in the utilization of iron, help in the production of skin and hair pigment, and proper development of bones and the connective tissues. Copper also help with the bodies energy and acts as an antioxidant defense and helps in the flexibility of blood vessels, joints, and bones. This mineral also helps to prevent brain disturbance, osteoporosis, iron deficiency, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, and irregular heartbeat.
Cashews were linked to people gaining weight, but in new studies that were proving to be untrue. People who eat cashews twice a week are less likely to gain weight as compare to the one who never has eaten cashews in their life.
Cashews are found to be a good source of Vitamin K which prevents blood coagulation.
A butter can be made out of cashews by putting them into a food processor and processing them until they are the consistency of peanut butter.
Cashews are known to be brain power boosters. They are rich in iron and zinc. Iron helps to deliver oxygen to all your cells in your body which can prevent anemia and zinc is critical to your body’s immune health and vision. It also helps improve memory and protects the brain against age-related memory loss.
Amna Sheikh is a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelors in Economics and Statistics. She is also a medical writer working as a freelancer for 10+ years and she is specialized in medical, health, and pharmaceutical writing, regulatory writing & clinical research. All her work is supported by a strong academic and professional experience.