Cashew or Kaju is a useful tree as different parts of it are used either individually or collectively to treat several diseases. Fresh or hot water extract of different plant parts is used orally as aphrodisiac, antidysenteric, antihemorrhagic, and externally as anti-inflammatory.
Cashews provide your body with valuable nutrients, including vitamins and minerals that lead to many health benefits. The levels of protein, healthy fats and low glycemic carbohydrates found in the nut help with some of the most basic, but necessary bodily functions. Cashew nuts, or cashews, make an excellent between meal snacks and are also delicious as nut butter or thrown into stir-fries and Asian dishes. They also make a delicious creamy sauce used in Indian curries. The health benefits of cashew nuts include heart disease prevention, bone health, antioxidant protection and energy production. Nuts are aphrodisiacs in general and contain powerful elements to improve sexual health.
Health Benefits of Cashews
- Cashews are rich in magnesium and copper, both of which are necessary for healthy bones. Magnesium also helps with the absorption of calcium into bones. A 1 once serving meets 21% of your daily magnesium value. Most Americans do not get adequate amounts of magnesium in their diet. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. In addition, magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Many nuts and seeds contain magnesium and potassium, which work to prevent osteoporosis. Magnesium also helps protect against type 2 diabetes, and along with manganese and vitamin B6, may improve PMS symptoms.
- The large amount of monounsaturated fats found in a serving size of cashews help to improve and maintain good heart health.
- One of the most helpful nutrients found in cashews, folate, largely helps your body maintain an overall healthy system.
- Contrary to the popular belief that regular consumption of cashew nuts can lead to weight gain, recent studies have indicated that such theories and misconceptions are groundless. In fact, people who consume cashews twice a week are less likely to gain weight as compared to the ones that never eat them.
One ounce of raw, unsalted cashew nuts contains:
- Protein - 5.17 grams
- Fiber – 0.94 gram
- Calories - 157
- Potassium – 187 mg
- Phosphorus – 168 mg
- Calcium – 10 mg
- Magnesium – 83 mg
- Iron – 1.89 mg
- Sodium – 3 mg
- Manganese – 0.469 mg
- Zinc – 1.64 mg
- Copper – 0.622 mg
- Selenium – 5.6 mcg
- Vitamin C – 0.1 mg
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.12 mg
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.016 mg
- Niacin – 0.301 mg
- Pantothenic Acid – 0.245 mg
- Vitamin B6 – 0.118 mg
- Folate – 7 mcg
- Vitamin E – 0.26 mg
- Vitamin K – 9.7 mcg
- Contains some other vitamins and minerals in small amounts.
Leaf: Hot water extracts of dried leaf are used orally for diabetes in Brazil and Thailand, diarrhea in Tanzania and externally to wash ulcers in West Indies.
Seed: Seeds are consumed orally in Colombia as aphrodisiac (to increase sex desire) and to cure the impotency whereas in Cuba, seeds are first toasted and then their powder is mixed with sugar to be consumed as an aphrodisiac. Indians also use dried seeds orally as an aphrodisiac. Hot water extract of the seed is used orally in Peru as antidysentric, antihemorrhagic, purgative and respiratory stimulant, and used externally as anti-inflammatory. It is a common practice in Peru to use hot water extract of seed for cure of warts. People in West Indies treat uterine disorders with juice of the seed. The juice is taken orally for this purpose.
Bark: Hot water extract of the bark is used to treat amenorrhea in Haiti, to increase fertility in women in Ghana and to help people manage diabetes in Jamaica. In other African countries, water extract of the bark is taken orally as antidysenteric, hypotensive and hypoglycemic (in Madagascar). In Panama, hot water extract is used externally as an anti-inflammatory agent. People consume it orally to treat diarrhea in Panama and Senegal.
Hot water extract of both ripe as well as unripe fruit and also of dried kernel is used to treat several ailments in different countries. Indians use hot water extract of the dried kernel as an aphrodisiac while decoction of dried kernel is used for diabetes mellitus in Europe. The unripe fruit juice is taken orally to treat hemorrhage and diarrhea and juice of ripe fruit is taken orally as a diuretic and anti-scorbutic in Guinea. In Ghana, extract of dried fruit prepared with hot water is used as a wash to treat yaws. Exudate of fresh pericarp is used externally as an emollient for chilblains and also as an insecticide to prevent termite attack in India. In Senegal, Hot water extract of the cashew nut fruit is used together with Securinega virosa as an aphrodisiac. It is believed that throat pain gets relieved if fruit is consumed empty stomach as it’s a common practice in Panama. Hot water extract of dried fruit is used both orally as well as externally in Peru. It is used orally as antidysenteric, antihemorrhagic, purgative and respiratory stimulant whereas externally it is used for treatment of warts and inflammation.
Plant: In Panama, people suffereing from hypertension drink hot water extract of entire plant. They also use it as a diuretic.