Are Cashew Nuts a Natural Anti-Depressant

Going Nuts maybe the answer to combat Depression

Cashew nuts are the crescent shaped nuts that are native to Brazil and have a sweet flavor. They are mineral rich and do not contain cholesterol. The little fat they contain is the good kind in the form of oleic acid. They can be enjoyed as a snack or can be used in a cooking like adding them to a stir fry.

These nuts have a lot of health benefits that are said can help to prevent cancer, lower blood pressure and improve hair growth.

The articles goes into more detail about the nutrition and health benefits in cashew nuts. It also talks about the fat content and what type you should buy.

The following article suggests that cashew nuts being also used as an anti-depressant.

cahew nut as anti-depressant

Would you are rather eat cashews or take anti-depressants?

Two handfuls of cashews is the therapeutic equivalent of a prescription dose of Prozac. Inside you, the essential amino acid L-tryptophan is broken down into anxiety-reducing, snooze-inducing niacin. Even more important, tryptophan is also made into serotonin, one of your body’s most important neurotransmitters.

Serotonin gives a feeling of well-being and mellowness, or as the Australians would say, “no worries.” 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. You can do the same thing with your food. And no one can tell us that beans, peas, cheese, nuts and wheat germ are toxic if you eat a lot of them!

Plenty of carbohydrates (starches) in your meals help tryptophan get to where it does the most good: in your brain. In order to cross the blood-brain barrier to get in, carbos are required. So cheese and crackers provides a better effect than the cheese standing alone. An egg or two on toast is better than just the egg. Beans, peas, and nuts already contain carbohydrate, so you are all set there.

Consider that five servings of beans, a few portions of peanut butter, or just one big handful of cashews provides one to two thousand milligrams of tryptophan, which will work as well as prescription antidepressants… but don’t tell the drug companies. Some skeptics think that the pharmaceutical people already know.

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