Go cashew nuts!
(an easy fix for health problems...)Picture: the fruit of the cashew nut tree. The nuts are are at the bottom of the cashew "apple", hidden inside an outer coating or "drupe".
If a client is suffering from a degree of overweight and maybe a bone or joint condition or a tight achilles or shoulder, is there a simple health suggestion? Yes there is. "Go cashew nuts!..."(Like this article? - You can write a comment or question at our facebook wall - just look for the post!)
Native to Brazil, cashews are crescent-shaped nuts with a sweet flavour. Cashews are the number two tree crop in the world (after almonds). They require a hot humid climate: India, Brazil, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Nigeria are the largest cashew producers. They are very versatile in the kitchen and their value is not destroyed by roasting. In fact they become even more healthy!
The nutritional aspects of cashews are amazing. Healthy amounts of copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and vitamin K, along with lesser-known phytonutrients, such as antioxidants, tyrosinase, melanin, elastin, proanthocyanidins, and oleic acid, provide hard-to-ignore benefits for the body. Each nutrient plays its part in providing bone strength and joint flexibility, discouraging migraines, improving memory, lowering blood pressure, and protecting against UV damage, heart disease, and cancer.
A serving of cashew nuts (a quarter cup, 40 grams) provides 98% of daily copper needs. Cashews are also a good source of oleic acid - same as in "heart healthy" olive oil. And it's a pretty decent source of Manganese Magnesium and Zinc. And there's powerful anti-oxidants to protect your brain and other organs....
A large epidemiological review study linked nuts with lower risk of coronary heart disease. It showed that 4 servings of nuts per week was linked to 37% reduced risk of heart disease (Kelly JH, Sabate J*) Each additional serving of nuts per week was associated with an average 8.3% reduced risk of coronary heart disease. So eat nuts every day, and maybe halve your heart risk!
* Kelly JH Jr, Sabate J. Nuts and coronary heart disease: an epidemiological perspective. Br J Nutr. 2006 Nov;96 Suppl 2:S61-7. 2006. PMID:17125535.
Numerous health problems can develop when copper intake is low including iron deficiency anaemia, ruptured blood vessels, osteoporosis, joint and tendon problems , brain disturbances, elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduced HDL (good) cholesterol levels, irregular heartbeat, and increased susceptibility to infections. There's plenty of copper in cashews so why not treat yourself to this favourite snack food?Prevent gall stones
One ounce of nuts (cashews or peanuts or peanut butter) per week may reduce gall stone risk by 25% (nurse's health study). More is likely to work better!Reduce risk of weight gain
A 28-month Spanish study involving 8,865 adult men and women, found that participants who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than were participants who never or almost never ate nuts.