Did you know that 2 little handfuls of cashews are the therapeutic equivalent of a dose of prescription grade Prozac? Dr. Andrew Saul who is a therapeutic nutritionist and editor-in-chief of orthomolecular Medicine News Service states that “Several handfuls of cashews provide 1,000-2,000 milligrams of tryptophan, which will work as well as prescription antidepressants.” Our bodies turn tryptophan into serotonin, which is a huge contributor to a good mood, healthy sleep, and the feelings of sexual desire.
This is actually a profound effect that Paxil, Prozac, and other similar antidepressants typically either mimic serotonin or artificially keep the body’s own serotonin levels high. The studies results showed that if anyone who would be silly enough to continue the use of antidepressant drugs instead of simply eating healthy food who do a better job without the side effects that come with the use of prescription drugs.
What makes cashews so great? Well, they are jam packed with protein and dietary fibers that help supply rich, essential minerals and vitamins that help to contribute to your overall health. The minerals that cashews give our bodies are such as copper and selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, calcium, iron, sodium, phosphorus. In addition to all these wonderful things that cashews give our bodies, they also are rich in vitamin K and folate.
All the great health benefits of cashews also include improved oral health and bone strength, strong muscle and nerve function, relief from diabetes, gallstones, and anemia. Cashews are also loaded down with antioxidants and help to aid in the formation of red blood cells while encouraging a stronger immune system.
One serving of cashews is equivalent to ¼ cup or 34.26 grams and provides:
37.5% of your daily copper requirement
25% of your daily magnesium requirement
28.4% of your daily manganese requirement
28.1% of your daily tryptophan requirement