Useful properties and contraindications of cashew nuts, use in medicine
Among the general variety of nuts on the shelves of supermarkets, the attention is drawn to the fruit in the form of a comma called cashew. In this article - a detailed acquaintance with the product, a description of its useful and harmful qualities, application.
Where does cashew nut grow and what does it look like
A plant native to Brazil is now grown in southern countries with an equatorial, tropical or subtropical climate (India, Vietnam, Iran, Azerbaijan, African countries).
The botanical name of the plant is Anarkadium, it is a tree up to 12 m tall with a wide spreading crown. During fruiting, pear-shaped yellow fruits appear, called local “kazu”. In fact, these pseudo-fruits are an overgrown peduncle, although its fibrous flesh is edible and popular in the cooking of South American countries. A double-coated nut grows on the back of the fruit. The outer peel is green and fibrous, with a smooth surface, and the inside is cellular, dense.
Chemical composition and calorie content
Cashew contains a large amount of omega-3 and omega-6 acids, which are necessary for the human body to maintain musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular, brain function and maintain external beauty.
The chemical composition of the product is rich in other useful elements:
|thiamine - B1||silicon|
|riboflavin - B2||copper|
|choline - B4||cobalt|
|pantothenic acid - B5||magnesium|
|folic acid - B9||phosphorus|
|tocopherol - E||potassium|
|biotin - N||manganese|
|phylloquinone - K||molybdenum|
|nicotinamide - PP||zinc|
Calorie content and nutritional value:
- proteins - 18.5 g;
- fats - 48.5 g;
- carbohydrates - 22.5 g;
- per 100 g of product - 600 kcal.
Useful properties and from what age can children
Cashew contains vegetable protein, which is well absorbed and is the main source of energy and building cellular material for muscles, bones and connective tissues. The high content of phosphorus, copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc and iron is also beneficial for the muscular and skeletal system. These elements support cell regeneration, participate in the transmission of nerve impulses to muscle fibers, preserve memory function and coordinate movement.
- Other useful properties:
- strengthens the immune system;
- improves the microflora of the intestines and stomach, eliminates putrefactive processes;
- relieves inflammatory processes;
- increases the elasticity of the walls of blood vessels;
- normalizes hemoglobin level;
- supports the work of the heart muscle;
- helps restore strength after hard physical work or intense training;
- normalizes high blood pressure;
- reduces cholesterol, prevents the appearance of thrombotic plaques;
- improves metabolism;
- strengthens tooth enamel, is a prophylactic against infections in the oral cavity;
- evens out skin tone;
- gives healthy shine to hair;
- strengthens the nail plate;
- normalizes hormonal levels;
- beneficial effect on the reproductive system.
Given the calorie content of nuts, the daily intake for adults is 12-14 fruits, or 20 g, for a person with a lack of weight - 25-30 grams. Baby food should be approached carefully, since the child’s enzymatic system cannot yet digest and absorb heavy foods. Any nuts begin to give a little at the age of three. However, most pediatricians believe that exotic products that are not characteristic of the local climate should be given later, from about six, or even from ten years.
Important! It is not advisable to give the child more than 15 g of product per day, since it contains a lot of fat, heavy for digestion.
The use of a low-quality product can cause harm. It is better to give preference to cashew, brought from the countries of South America, where it is grown in the natural environment. A quality nut has an even color tone, has no damage and suspicious spots, stagnant odor.Pregnant women should agree on the norm of use with an observing gynecologist, during lactation - with the local pediatrician.
People prone to allergies should eat a couple of kernels for the first time to make sure there is no negative reaction from the body. It is contraindicated to use cashews in the diet in the presence of kidney stones or the bladder, during an exacerbation of gastrointestinal diseases.
Official medicine recommends using a nut as a prophylactic in such health conditions:
- weakened immunity;
- skin diseases (psoriasis, eczema);
- impaired metabolism;
- high cholesterol;
- hormonal disbalance;
- cycle failure and PMS in women;
- respiratory diseases;
- problems with potency in men.
Walnut is not an independent drug, it is impossible to refuse therapeutic treatment.
The product contains all the vitamins and minerals necessary for the normal function of the reproductive system, in particular zinc, selenium, sulfur, and group B. It is also possible to maintain the health and youth of the skin, hair, and nails with the regular use of cashews. Its protein contains the necessary amino acids; it contains beauty vitamin E, tocopherol, and B vitamins.
It has a positive effect on men's health (improves potency and normalizes sperm activity). Restores the attraction of men to the opposite sex. Cashews should be taken by smokers - the beneficial substances in the product soften the negative effects of nicotine on the body.
Cashew contains antioxidants and minerals that accelerate the regeneration of tissues, so the fruit chopped into flour is used as a wound healing agent.
The taste of the product is intense, slightly sweet, but not cloying. It is suitable for sweet and savory dishes both as a decoration and as one of the ingredients. In many cafes and pubs, fruits are served with beer or sweet drinks fried in salt or in caramelized form.
Kernels are added to dishes:
- from meat and poultry;
- cream soup;
- cereal cereals;
- snack and fruit salad;
- cream desserts;
- cakes and pastries;
- ice cream.
Cashew is a product worthy of attention and love of the consumer. Small nuclei have a good supply of elements needed by the body, help prevent some diseases.