Cashews are incredibly nutritious nuts filled with protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for optimal functioning of all systems in the body. Cashews are also versatile — eat them as a snack, add them to a salad or stir-fry, or spread cashew butter on a sandwich — but any way you eat them, you’ll benefit. Keep reading to find out how cashews can boost your health.

 

1. Improve Heart Health

Cashews have a lower fat content than other nuts, but the fact that it does have is the heart-healthy kind — monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These types of fats benefit the heart by helping to reduce total cholesterol levels and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels while raising ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. One such monounsaturated fatty acid present in cashews, called oleic acid, is known to have heart-protecting properties. Also, cashews contain magnesium, which helps to regulate blood pressure. Magnesium deficiency can lead to high blood pressure and muscle spasms — including spasms to the heart muscle. Furthermore, the high antioxidant content help to protect the heart and prevent cardiovascular and coronary heart disease

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