Cashews: nutritional properties
- cashew nuts they are small heart-shaped seeds (hence their name, because "cardio" means "heart" in Greek). The nutritional properties of this dry fruit are very particular:
> minerals: cashews contain potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and selenium. These minerals are useful for the health of the vascular system, for the heart, the bones and cognitive system. In particular, magnesium gives vitality and good mood;
> Vitamins: the vitamins of the group Bin particular the vitamin B6, able to better absorb the Serotonin, and the vitamin K, useful for maintaining the right degree of coagulation of the blood, as well as responsible for bone health, along with calcium;
> monounsaturated fats: are the good fats, able to stabilize the concentration of cholesterol, with positive effects on heart and arterial health;
> tryptophan: tryptophan is an essential amino acid which, not being produced by the body, must necessarily be introduced with the diet. This amino acid is responsible for the production and use of serotonin, which has a direct influence on mood and is therefore often called "happiness hormone".
Therefore, it is easy to infer that a diet rich in tryptophan can help restore balance in case of depression.
From a nutritional point of view it is therefore noted how these dried fruits are precious allies of health and well-being and can be hired against the mood disturbances, be they momentary or caused by illness.
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Cashews against depression
Most of the medications that treat depression are tasked with restore serotonin levels in the body. The latter is naturally produced by the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal system.
Serotonin is vital for well-being:
> modulates intestinal peristalsis, improving digestion and therefore the absorption of nutrients, as well as evacuation;
> is essential for the cognitive health, increases memory and concentration;
> normalizes the sleep-wake cycle and sleep phases by facilitating the night rest;
> regulates theapsmall, the sense of hunger and satiety.
It has also recently been hypothesized that, in times of crisis, serotonin helps to find constructive and adaptive alternatives capable of producing Resilience necessary to overcome difficulties. Increase the sexual desire, sense of well-being tranquility and vitality.
As we have seen, serotonin is closely related to tryptophan, as well as to Vitamin B6 which is necessary for its absorption. Therefore, foods rich in these nutrients represent useful natural cures in case of mood disorders, asthenia, trough, fatigue, mood swings, agitation, anxiety and generalized stress.
Two handfuls of cashews a day provide sufficient amounts of tryptophan e Vitamin B6, As well as of magnesium. It is therefore possible to consider them as natural antidepressants.
But be careful if the chemical antidepressants. It is also good not to access the quantities, since cashews are fruits very caloric.
Prefer unsalted ones and integrate them into your diet tasty and easy recipes or how snacks, along with other nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios etc.
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