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Benefits of Cashews And Its Side Effects

Cashews are an extremely diverse form of nuts that provide a host of benefits. As they have a lot of nutrients filled in them, their benefits range from preventing heart disease, improving muscle and nerve health, reducing the risk of diabetes (especially type 2 diabetes), working as a cancer chemopreventive agent, promoting the development of important red blood cells (RBCs) which help transport oxygen to all parts of the body, reducing the risk of anemia, boosting bone and oral health, preventing the occurrence of gallstones, and boosting the immune system. While many people chose to eat cashew nuts raw, they can be roasted with salt or crushed and added to any dish for extra texture and taste. They are readily available all over the world in most supermarkets and are, therefore, not hard to procure.

Benefits of Cashews And Its Side Effects

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Cashews
Nutritional Value of Cashews
Health Benefits of Cashews
Prevents heart disease
Reduces the risk of diabetes
Works as a Cancer Chemopreventive Agent
Promotes the development of Red Blood Cells (RBCs)
Reduces the risk of anemia
Boosts bone and oral health
Prevents gallstones
Boosts the immune system
Uses of Cashews
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cashews
Cultivation of Cashews

Cashews

Cashews are nuts that are found at the bottom of cashew apples and in the shape of kidneys. They are widely popular throughout the world, especially in Asian and African countries. They are known as super nuts as they have so many nutritional benefits. They contain high quantities of proteins and various essential minerals such as magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium. They also contain a host of vitamins such as vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B6, E and K.

Nutritional Value of Cashews

In 100 grams of cashews, there is a total of 553 calories present. The total fat is 44g with 8g of saturated fat, 8g of polyunsaturated fat, and 24g of monounsaturated fat. It has 0 mg of cholesterol. It has 12mg of Sodium and 660mg of Potassium. It has a total carbohydrate of 30g out of which there area 3.3g of dietary fiber and 6g of sugar. It has 18g of protein and 3% of the recommended daily intake of calcium, 37% of iron, 20% of vitamin B-6, 73% of magnesium, and 0% of vitamin A, C, D, and B-12.

Health Benefits of Cashews

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Cashews
Health Benefits of Cashews

Prevents heart disease

Cashews are an excellent source of dietary fats. These fats are required by the body to absorb nutrients such as fat soluble vitamin A, D, E, and K, along with essential fatty acids that help with brain development and prevent blood clotting. Some of the vital healthy fats are polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) monounsaturated fats (MUFA), which help with reducing LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is extremely harmful as it can lead to various cardiovascular diseases and lowering its quantities in the blood helps significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. Cashews also increase the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) in the body, reduce blood pressure, and reduce triglycerides, all of which contribute to a healthier cardiovascular system.

Reduces the risk of diabetes

Cashews are a delight for diabetics as they control the blood sugar levels and regulate insulin. They even help lower the risks of developing type 2 diabetes.

Works as a Cancer Chemopreventive Agent

Cashews have a variety of antioxidants such as anacardic acids, cardols, and cardinols, which is why they are quite effective for people who are undergoing treatment for cancer or tumors. Many cancer patients are advised to consume ground cashews as they are a rich source of protein that can be absorbed by the body quite easily.

Promotes the development of Red Blood Cells (RBCs)

Red blood cells (RBCs) are one of the most important types of cells present in the blood as they help transport oxygen from the lungs to the brain and other organs. Cashews are rich in copper, which helps with the metabolism of iron, formation of RBCs, and keeping the immune system healthy and functional at all times. Having an optimal level of RBCs in the body leads to better organ functions, reduced risk of tissue damage, and just more energy as a whole. Without RBCs, the organs start to deteriorate. Moreover, copper is an important nutrient for the body as without it, one can be at risk for anemia, osteoporosis, and irregular heartbeat.

Reduces the risk of anemia

Cashews have dietary iron in them. This nutrient helps with transporting oxygen all over the body to various organs, and also helps with the way the enzymes in the body function. Making cashews a regular part of the diet can help prevent fatigue, anemia, and even decrease the body’s susceptibility to random infections. Having just a few nuts on a daily basis can really go a long way for the health of your body as a whole.

Boosts bone and oral health

Cashews are rich in phosphorus, which is needed for the development healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also needed to properly synthesize proteins, absorb carbohydrates from food, and fats in the maintenance of cellular health.

Prevents gallstones

Gallstones are mainly deposits that consist of cholesterol that form into a stone like structure inside the gallbladder. They can impair the functioning of the gallbladder and are also quite painful. Including cashews in your daily diet can help you prevent the occurrence of gallstones.

Boosts the immune system

Cashews contain high amounts of zinc, which are extremely essential when it comes to boosting the immune system. It helps strengthen the system against microbial infections, helps with the healing of wounds, and protein synthesis. Pregnant women are often encouraged to eat cashews as they help with the development of the baby.

Uses of Cashews

Cashews are quite popular and are used while baking food, as well as while cooking savoury meals. They can be crushed and added to a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, or can just be eaten raw, roasted, and/or with salt.

Cashew Nut Shell Liquid: The cashew nut shell liquid (which is a byproduct of procuring cashews) is used to prepare paints, insecticides, drugs, resins, anti-termite treatments for timber, and plastics. It also has antibiotic effects and is used medicinally to treat a sore tooth, ringworm, scurvy, leprosy, warts, and elephantiasis.

Cashew barks and leaves: The cashew bark and leaf can be used to treat diarrhea as well as colic. The leaf extract also helps with reducing blood sugar levels and blood pressure. The bark has astringent properties and an infusion of the bark can be used to treat oral ulcers, sore throat, and even influenza. By boiling the leaves of the tree in water, one is left with an anti-pyretic that can be utilized to treat ache and pains all over the body.

Cashew Apple: The cashew fruit, also known as the cashew apple, has anti-bacterial uses and can treat ulcers in the stomach and gastritis. Since its juice has high contents of vitamin C, it can be used to prevent scurvy. A tea made with the juice can also treat dysentery. It can also be used to cure thrush in infants.

Cashew apples are widely used in South America to create sauces, curries, and jams, and is also often fermented into vinegar and liquor. This can only be had after steaming or boiling as its skin can often induce an allergic reaction.

Cashew Oil: Oil extracted from cashew seeds also has its share of uses. It treats cracked heels. When cashew seeds are powdered, they can be used to cure snake bites as they have a antivenom effects.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Cashews

Kidney stones: Cashews are rich in oxalate salts, which tamper with the way calcium is absorbed in the body. The excess of calcium left unabsorbed can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

Cashew Allergy: Most people tend to be allergic to nuts, and cashews are essentially nuts. These allergies can range from severe to mild. One of the types of allergies that can be caused is known as contact dermatitis, which leads to rashes and itchiness on the skin when it comes into contact with cashews. An allergy to cashews can also lead to gastrointestinal discomfort in the form of nausea, coughing, vomiting, cramping, diarrhea, and pain. Many patients also suffer from breathing difficulties if they have an allergic reaction to cashews. However, the most serious reaction to cashews is Anaphylaxis. It is a fast reaction that can take over the whole body if one is not careful. It can lead to the loss of consciousness, noisy breathing, swelling of the tongue and throat, and even paleness. It is a condition that certainly requires medical attention.

Cultivation of Cashews

Cashews are most commonly grown in areas that have a tropical climate. They are found in many countries such as India, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and Kenya. They are also a widely used ingredient in Brazilian cooking.

Popular Questions & Answers

For diabetes patient which vegetables, fruits, nuts & cereals are good for eating to maintain blood sugar levels.

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Mr. lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. A diabetic patient can eat almost all fruits and vegetables. However, banana, mango, grapes and chikkoo have to be restricted. All green leafy vegetables are good. Salads of onion, capsicum, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, tomato are excellent. Fruits like papaya, pomegranate, water melon, apple, orange, sweet lime, pear, guava, are good. Nuts like ground nuts, almonds, walnuts are good. Cashews in a very small number. Potato and sweet potato in a restricted quantity as those contain a lot of starch. However, to effectively control blood glucose levels appropriate medication is a must. Thanks.

How to block DHT? What are the factors effecting the increased production of DHT?

M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
FOODS THAT BLOCK DHT- Saw Palmetto. Pygeum (Prunus Africana) Nettle Root. Pumpkin Seeds. Tomatoes, Watermelon, Carrots, and Mangoes. Almonds, Walnuts, Peanuts, and Pecans. Spinach, Kale, Cashews, Wheat Germ, and Cooked White Mushrooms. Green Tea.
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What is the right quantity and correct form of including cashew nuts in the diet of a person with history of cholesterol/ hypertensive?

MBBS, Dip.Cardiology, Fellowship in Clinical Cardiology(FICC), Fellowship in Echocardiology
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad
Ill take the opportunity to educate you so I will be little lengthy, here it goes. Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet may be good for your heart. Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients. And they're a great snack food — inexpensive, easy to store and easy to pack when you're on the go. One drawback to nuts is that they're high in calories, so it's important to limit portions. But choosing nuts instead of a less healthy snack may just help you stick to a heart-healthy diet. Although a great deal of research suggests that nuts can benefit heart health and reduce the risks of dying early from heart disease and other causes, the evidence is still inconclusive. But, unless you're allergic to nuts, there's no real danger in eating nuts, so you can certainly include nuts as part of your heart-healthy diet. One way nuts may help your heart health is by lowering the low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol levels. LDL plays a major role in the development of plaque that builds up on the blood vessels. Eating more nuts has also been linked to lower levels of inflammation linked to heart disease. Eating nuts may also reduce your risk of developing blood clots that can cause a fatal heart attack. Nuts also appear to improve the health of the lining of your arteries. Besides being packed with protein, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances: Unsaturated fats. It's not entirely clear why, but it's thought that the "good" fats in nuts — both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — lower bad cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in many kinds of fish, but many nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that seem to help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks. Fiber. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber makes you feel full, so you eat less. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing type 2 diabetes. Vitamin E. Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack. Plant sterols. Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products like margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits, but sterols occur naturally in nuts. L-arginine. Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow. As much as 80 percent of a nut is fat. Even though most of this fat is healthy fat, it's still a lot of calories. That's why you should eat nuts in moderation. Ideally, you should use nuts as a substitute for saturated fats, such as those found in meats, eggs and dairy products. Instead of eating foods with unhealthy saturated fats, try substituting a handful of nuts or a tablespoon or two of a nut spread. The American Heart Association recommends eating about four servings of unsalted nuts a week. Select raw or dry-roasted nuts rather than those cooked in oil. A serving is a small handful (1.5 ounces) of whole nuts or 2 tablespoons of nut butter. But again, do this as part of a heart-healthy diet. Just eating nuts and not cutting back on saturated fats found in many dairy and meat products won't do your heart any good. The type of nuts you choose to eat probably doesn't matter much. Most nuts appear to be generally healthy, though some may have more heart-healthy nutrients than others. For example, walnuts contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans are other nuts that appear to be quite heart healthy. And peanuts — which are technically not a nut, but a legume, like beans — seem to be relatively healthy. Keep in mind, you could end up canceling out the heart-healthy benefits of nuts if they're covered with chocolate, sugar or salt. Here's some nutrition information on common types of nuts. All calorie and fat content measurements are for 1 ounce, or 28.4 grams (g), of unsalted nuts. Type of nutCaloriesTotal fat Almonds, dry-roasted17014.9 g Almonds, raw16414.2 g Brazil nuts, raw18719 g Cashews, dry-roasted16313.1 g Chestnuts, roasted690.6 g Hazelnuts (filberts), dry-roasted18317.7 g Hazelnuts (filberts), raw17817.2 g Macadamia nuts, dry-roasted20421.6 g Macadamia nuts, raw20421.5 g Peanuts, dry-roasted16614.1 g Pecans, dry-roasted20121.1 g Pistachios, dry-roasted16213 g Walnuts, halved18518.5 g Nut oils are also a good source of healthy nutrients, but they lack the fiber found in whole nuts. Walnut oil is the highest in omega-3s. Consider using nut oils in homemade salad dressing or in cooking. When cooking with nut oils, remember that they respond differently to heat than do vegetable oils. Nut oil, if overheated, can become bitter. Just like with nuts, use nut oil in moderation, as the oils are high in fat and calories.

I am going to gym to build muscle can you please tell me protien rich foods that I can build muscle.

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicines and Surgery(BAMS), Post Graduation Diploma in Emergency Medicines And Services(PGDEMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
PROTEIN IN LEGUMES: Garbanzo beans, Kidney beans, Lentils, Lima beans, Navy beans, Soybeans, Split peas  PROTEIN IN GRAINS: Barley, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Oatmeal, Rye, Wheat germ, Wheat, hard red, Wild rice  VEGETABLE PROTEIN: Artichokes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green peas, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard green, Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini  PROTEIN IN FRUITS: Apple, Banana, Can notaloupe, Grape, Grapefruit, Honeydew melon, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tangerine, Watermelon  PROTEIN IN NUTS AND SEEDS: Almonds, Cashews, Filberts, Hemp Seeds, Peanuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts (black.
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Popular Health Tips

Topmost Winter Foods By Ayurveda For Your Diet This Season

Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
Topmost Winter Foods By Ayurveda For Your Diet This Season

1. Sahaj (hereditary), or immunity you're born with.
2. Kalaj (seasonal), or immunity that comes and goes with seasons/age/time.
3. Yuktikrit (established), or immunity you can develop with a regular and balanced diet, and systemic practice of yoga.

It is the third type of immunity we want to bolster during the winters, which you can easily do by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Here's our guide to eating healthy and staying strong this winter season.

1. Kindle the fire in your stomach

More than half your immunity is driven by the process of digestion. Ayurveda equates digestive strength with a "fire" (known as 'agni' in Sanskrit) in the stomach. Because we tend to become fairly lethargic during winters, this agni may lose some of its potency. That's why it's important to include generous amounts of natural oils, desi ghee, and butter in your diet to keep this flame alive.

  1. Boil your food!

    Boiled food is one of the best options for winter. Have plenty of soup, stews, and broths made of winter foods. Carrots, beets, green leafy vegetables as well as other root-based vegetables are extremely beneficial and can be had steamed or otherwise. Food we eat in the winter season should always be warm. Try to avoid pre-cooked or packaged meals and choose freshly cooked seasonal vegetables and fruits for your winter diet.

2. Go Nuts!

Dry-fruits are a must for the winters. Cashews, pista, dates, almonds, walnuts - you name it, you eat it! Not only do they help generate heat within the body, they also give you the energy needed to fight winter laziness.

Most people believe that the best thing about winters is the amount of binging that is forgiven around this time. We say if you love to eat, why not go in for healthy food that will do your body a world of good? That way, you have the best of both worlds, don't you?

 

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Top 10 Foods High In Zinc

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai

Consume two to three servings of these zinc foods daily to support optimal zinc levels.

1. Lamb: 3 ounces: 6.7 milligrams (45 percent dv)

Lamb is a rich source of many vitamins minerals. In addition to zinc, lamb contains vitamin b12, riboflavin, selenium, niacin, phosphorus and iron. 

2. Pumpkin seeds: 1 cup: 6.6 milligrams (44 percent dv)

Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil are able to reduce the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women, according to research published in nutrition and cancer. (2) pumpkin seeds are also good for prostate health, and they promote your mental health.

3. Grass-fed beef: 100 grams: 4.5 milligrams (30 percent dv)

Grass-fed beef nutrition includes omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid, a powerful polyunsaturated fatty acid that has been shown to help fight cancer, reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood sugar, discourage weight gain and build muscle. 

4. Chickpeas (garbanzo beans): 1 cup: 2.5 milligras (17 percent dv)

Chickpeas, like all legumes, are a form of complex carbohydrates that the body is able to slowly digest and use for energy. Chickpeas increase satiety and help with weight loss. (4) they also improve digestion by quickly moving foods through the digestive tract.

5. Cocoa powder: 1 ounce: 1.9 milligrams (13 percent dv)

Cocoa powder is a good source of two flavonoids, epicatechin and catechin, which function as antioxidants that help prevent inflammation and disease. Because of the presence of flavonoids in cocoa powder, it helps improve blood flow and lower blood pressure too. 

6. Cashews: 1 ounce: 1.6 milligrams (11 percent dv)

Cashews are rich in unsaturated fatty acids and high in protein. Cashews nutrition helps fight heart disease, reduce inflammation, promote bone health and support healthy brain function. Plus, these nuts help with weight loss or maintenance because they make you feel fuller and curb food cravings. 

7. Kefir or yogurt: 1 cup: 1.4 milligrams (10 percent dv) (values vary)

Kefir and yogurt are cultured dairy products that serve as probiotic foods. Both kefir and probiotic yogurt support healthy digestion, boost the immune system, promote cardiovascular health and regulate your mood. 

8. Mushrooms: 1 cup: 1.4 milligrams (9 percent dv)

Proven mushroom nutrition benefits include the ability to boost immunity due to its antioxidant activities, reduce inflammation, fight cancer, protect your heart and improve brain function. 

9. Spinach: 1 cup: 1.4 milligrams (9 percent dv)

Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. It contains special protective carotenoids that have been linked with decreasing the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases and even cancer. 

10. Chicken: 100 grams: 1 milligram (7 percent dv)

In addition to the zinc present in chicken, it’s also a good source of b vitamins, including vitamin b12, niacin, vitamin b6 and pantothenic acid. The vitamin b12 in chicken helps maintain energy levels, boost mood, maintain heart health and boost skin health.

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9 Amazing Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Fazilka
9 Amazing Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts!

Cashew nuts or kaju as we know them in India are widely loved and used in almost every course of food, from starters and snacks to the main course to dessert. Apart from being a delectable food, it also has numerous health benefits.

Few of them are:
When compared to other nuts, they have low-fat content which is in the form of oleic acid, and oleic acid is good for the heart.

  1. Cashews also happen to be free of cholesterol and have anti-oxidants which help in keeping your heart healthy. 
  2. Magnesium present in the cashews helps them to prevent the rise in blood pressure.
  3. One major benefit of cashew nuts is that they help fight cancer. They have high copper content and also have flavonoids called proanthocyanidins which help fight cancer cells in colon cancer.
  4. The copper in cashews helps in maintaining the color of the hair.
  5. Cashews have magnesium and calcium, both of which are important for bone health.
  6. Eating cashews with help maintain the level of magnesium in bones and prevent calcium from penetrating nerve cells, thus ensuring healthy nerves.
  7. The minerals present in cashews makes it act as an antioxidant
  8. They help in growth, digestion, and development of the body.
  9. Despite being considered as fattening, cashews have good cholesterol, and eating them can also reduce your risk of gallstone formation
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Penis Health Diet: Optimal Food Choices!

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Health Diet: Optimal Food Choices!

Guys into maintaining the fitness of their body understand the important role diet plays in staying healthy. The right food choices can make a huge difference in overall health; indeed, these same food choices can be instrumental in improving penis health as well. But what are some foods men should consider consuming if maintaining proper penis health is their goal? The following list includes some helpful choices.

1. Bananas

It's not just because of their phallic shape that bananas are recommended for improving penis health. Most fruits are a good choice for men, but the banana has several things going for it. First, it is a good source of potassium, which is great for heart health and blood circulation, both of which are helpful in erectile function. (Remember, the spongy tissue in the penis soaks up the blood to become erect. Better blood circulation aids this process, and the heart has to be in good shape to keep pumping that blood around.) Potassium also helps reduce sodium levels in the blood. Second, the banana contains tyrosine, an amino acid that helps produce the neurotransmitters that increase sex drive. People also get dietary fiber from bananas, and that can help lower cholesterol, keeping a guy in better shape for sexual shenanigans.

2. Cashews

Cashew nuts make a great snack, something to keep a guy going when he needs a little pick me up. They also are a good source of zinc, and the penis likes that. Zinc helps to block the enzyme responsible for breaking testosterone down into estrogen - thereby helping to keep testosterone levels higher, which can have an impact on sexual performance.

3. Blueberries

They're sometimes called Nature's Viagra, and while that may be carrying things a little far, there is a reason blueberries are associated with sexual performance. Blueberries are rich in flavonoids, which help those penile blood vessels relax and stay ready for an influx of blood. As with bananas, blueberries contain good fiber content, helping to eliminate "bad" cholesterol which can lead to blockages.

4. Tomatoes

The secret ingredient in tomatoes is lycopene, a phytochemical that is another strong player in the increased blood flow sweepstakes. In addition to being an aid in erectile issues, tomatoes help keep the prostate healthy, further benefiting a man's sexual life.

5. Brussels sprouts

While Brussels sprouts historically have a reputation as "good for you but bad to taste," their recent prominence in the foodie culture has made them more palatable. Whether they suit a man's taste or not, they can still be quite helpful. These vegetables contain indole-3-carbinol, a compound helpful in boosting sex drive. Like zinc, it lowers estrogen levels, thus keeping testosterone at a higher level.

6. Pomegranates

A man gets benefits from consuming either the fruit itself or its juice. Antioxidant-rich, it's also high in fiber and potassium, making it a good bet for helping with penile blood flow issues. Some researchers believe it can be beneficial in keeping the genitals properly sensitized.

7. Shitake mushrooms

This little guy can pack a punch. It has high levels of zinc, the benefits of which have been discussed previously. It's also filled with vitamin D; the absence of enough vitamin D can lower sex drive. And it's a source for choline, which helps stimulate one of the neurotransmitters that get things revved up for a guy.

These food choices can help maintain penis health, especially if a guy also regularly uses a top drawer penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). If the crème contains alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant, it can add a boost to the antioxidants in the foods listed above. The crème should also contain L-arginine, which can further aid in keeping open those penile blood vessels so that the organ can be ready and receptive for increased blood flow at appropriate times.

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Zinc Deficiency - How To Detect If You Are Suffering From It?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Zinc Deficiency - How To Detect If You Are Suffering From It?

Zinc deficiency is one epidemic that people are mostly unaware of. As per the data shared by World Health Organization, around 31% of the world population is suffering from zinc deficiency. The problem is also ranked 5th in the leading factors that cause several diseases. It is also a primary reason why underdeveloped nations suffer from high mortality rate as zinc deficiency is associated with child pneumonia and diarrhea.

Every person, young or old, needs to have a regular intake of zinc for a healthy life, which it is known as an essential nutrient. It is also present in every cell, tissue, bone and fluid in the human body; zinc is especially prevalent in male semen and prostate glands.

Common Symptoms Of Zinc Deficiency

Unfortunately, millions of people suffering from zinc deficiency are unaware of their condition. However, looking out for certain key indicators can help in identifying the problem before it becomes severe. Here are the common symptoms of zinc deficiency that everyone must look out for:

  1. Poor Neurological Function - Zinc is an absolute necessity for neuropsychologic performance and growth. Low levels of zinc lead to attention disorders in infants, which may persist till the adulthood. But, it doesn’t mean you will start pumping your kids with an overdose of zinc. It has been found that zinc is absorbed best with other nutrients and especially when taken with whole foods.
  2. Weak Immunity - Your immune function works best when it has an adequate amount of zinc. It is vital for the growth of T-Cell and differentiating white blood cells to keep diseases at bay. Zinc is also necessary for the structural component of the hormone receptors. They contribute exponentially to have a healthy and balanced immune function.
  3. Diarrhea & Leaky Gut -  Impaired immunity causes zinc deficiency diarrhea, which can become a persistent health problem. Every year diarrhea affects nearly 2 million children worldwide, and most of them are suspected to have a zinc deficiency and bacterial infection. Leaky gut, also called intestinal permeability can lead to a slew of health problems like skin allergies, thyroid problems, and nutrient malabsorption.

Zinc Rich Foods You Must Include In Your Diet

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms shared above, then you might be suffering from the zinc deficiency. To improve the level of zinc in your body, you can either take all natural zinc supplements. But, supplements usually contain several forms of zinc like zinc sulfate, zinc acetate and more. Thus, it is better to include the below-shared foods in your diet, which contain a high amount of zinc:

  1. Pumpkin seeds –1/2 cup: 8.4 mg
  2. Grass-fed Beef – 4 oz: 5.2 mg
  3. Lamb – 4 oz: 5.2 mg
  4. Cashews – 1/2 cup: 3.8 mg
  5. Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) – 1 cup cooked: 2.5 mg
  6. Mushrooms – 1 cup cooked: 1.9 mg
  7. Chicken – 4 oz: 1.6 mg
  8. Kefir or Yogurt – 1 cup: 1.4 mg
  9. Spinach – 1 cup cooked: 1.4 mg
  10. Cocoa powder – 1 Tbsp: 0.4 mg

    If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a general physician.

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Table of Content

Cashews
Nutritional Value of Cashews
Health Benefits of Cashews
Prevents heart disease
Reduces the risk of diabetes
Works as a Cancer Chemopreventive Agent
Promotes the development of Red Blood Cells (RBCs)
Reduces the risk of anemia
Boosts bone and oral health
Prevents gallstones
Boosts the immune system
Uses of Cashews
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cashews
Cultivation of Cashews