Meat and Nuts Breakfast™ Series – The Benefits of Cashews
You should rotate the nuts you use for the Meat and Nuts Breakfast. Be it only for the sake of your taste buds and sanity, but also to reap the most benefits from these nutrient bombs.
In this video series Coach Poliquin talks about the benefits and individual value of different types of nuts.
This second video, will cover the benefits of consuming cashews, kidney shaped nuts rich in anti bacterial compounds with particular advantages for diabetics management.
Cashews Improve cardio vascular risk & protects diabetics
High LDL is reflective of an inflammatory state, it is actually a valuable red flag for the condition. Remember that cholesterol is an essential component of cell membranes alongside phospholipids and proteins. Hence when blood vessels are inflamed and damaged, cholesterol is necessary for repair. This causes LDL to build up, possibly get oxidized and ultimately clog up arteries. This has the negative consequences we know all but too well. Cashew helps correct the situation by lowering both inflammation and LDL levels.
Cashews, as many nuts do, contain large amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids (more than 50% MUFAs; mostly in the form of oleic acid) plus a lesser proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids (about 20% PUFAS; mostly linoleic acid). This clearly benefits the lipid profile.
In addition tocopherols, phytosterols, folic acid, selenium, and magnesium act as anti inflammatory.
A Boon for Diabetics
The positive health changes brought by cashews are even greater in diabetics than with the average person. This is due to the presence of hydroethanolic extract which appears in the form of anacardic acid in the nuts. This component stimulates glucose transport and control.
In addition, scientifics think that cashews consumption can increase plasma membrane glucose transporters, hence allowing better glucose uptake.
An unexpected benefit derived from these kidney shaped nuts is a lowering of gall stones formation. An imbalance between bile and cholesterol triggers gallstones formation. When there is a shortage of bile, cholesterol can crystallize with calcium, harden and create gall stones. This causes pain and inflammation. A study indicates a 25% reduced risk of cholecystectomy with cashew consumers compared to non-consumers.
Cashews contain phenolic acids such as anarcadic acids which destroy Gram positive bacteria. These bacterias cause tooth decay and foster dental plaque.
Acids in cashews also prevent dentine loss. Thus fighting against the aging of the dental system.
Coach Charles R. Poliquin