2 handfuls of cashews is the therapeutic equivalent of a prescription dose of Prozac. “Several handfuls of cashews provide 1,000-2,000 milligrams of tryptophan, which will work as well as prescription antidepressants,” says Dr. Andrew Saul, a therapeutic nutritionist and editor-in-chief of Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. The body turns tryptophan into serotonin, a major contributor to feelings of sexual desire, good mood, and healthy sleep.
This is such a profound effect that Prozac, Paxil and similar antidepressants usually either mimic serotonin or artificially keep the body’s own serotonin levels high. Based on the results of this study, it seems silly that anyone would continue to use antidepressant drugs to try to treat depression when there are simple healing foods available that do a better job.
Cashews are packed with protein, dietary fibers and a rich supply of essential minerals and vitamins that contribute to overall health. These minerals are potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium, manganese, zinc, copper and selenium. Cashews are also rich in folate and vitamin K.
The health benefits of cashews include a healthy heart, improved bone and oral health, relief from diabetes, strong nerve and muscle function, anemia and gallstones. Loaded with antioxidants, cashews aid in the formation of red blood cells and encourage a better 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