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I am a strong believer in the power of eating unprocessed foods to fuel your body instead of resorting to a quick prescription fix. Now, I’m not suggesting you forego professional medical advice and rely solely on natural remedies. What I advocate is a preventative approach to ailments by energizing your body with whole foods and holistic, chemical-free choices.
With this in mind, I was pleased to hear about research that has come forward pointing to the power of cashews as a natural antidepressant, and in some cases possibly replacing medication such as Prozac. Cashews are high in tryptophan, which the body turns into serotonin. Serotonin is responsible for mood regulation, healthy sleep and even sexual desire in the body.
Increasing your tryptophan intake by consuming whole, natural cashews sounds like an excellent alternative to prescription drugs any day. They also provide a host of other benefits to the body as well, from your cardiovascular health to your digestive system.
2 handfuls of cashews is the therapeutic equivalent of a prescription dose of Prozac. Inside you, the essential amino acid L-tryptophan is broken down into anxiety-reducing, snooze-inducing niacin. Even more important, tryptophan is also made into serotonin, one of your body’s most important neurotransmitters. Serotonin gives a feeling of well-being and mellowness, or as the Australians would say, “no worries.” This is such a profound effect that Prozac, Paxil and similar antidepressants usually either mimic serotonin or artificially keep the body’s own serotonin levels high. You can do the same thing with your food. And no one can tell us that beans, peas, cheese, nuts and wheat germ are toxic if you eat a lot of them!
Some other incredible health benefits of cashews are:
1. They Prevent Cancer:
Proanthocyanidins are a class of flavonols which fight against tumor cells by stopping them to divide further. These proanthocyanidins and high copper content in cashew nuts help fight against cancerous cells and keeps you away from colon cancer. This is one of the major cashew nut benefits.
2. They Help Maintain a Healthy Heart:
Cashews contain low fat content when compared to other nuts and that too in the oleic acid form which is very healthy for heart. They are cholesterol free and the antioxidants present keeps you away from heart diseases.
3. They Lower High Blood Pressure:
Cashew nuts lower your blood pressure with the help of magnesium present in them.
4. They Help Hair:
Copper is the mineral which helps your hair get that color. So if you take cashews which are full of copper content, you can get that black hair that you always wished for.
5. They Improve Bone Health:
Like calcium, magnesium is also important for bone health which is the main content in cashew nuts.