A Great Way Cashew Extract may Treat Diabetes

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CashewA new study published inside the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research proposes cashew seed extract may play an important role in preventing and treating diabetes. The cashew is a tree in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The plant is indigenous to northeastern Brazil.

Scientists at the University of Montreal and the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon analyzed how cashew products affected the responses of rat liver cells to insulin.

In Canada, over 3 million Canadians have diabetes and this number is likely to reach 3.7 million by 2020, based on the Canadian Diabetes Association.

In U.S.A, according to the American Diabetes Association, from the 2007 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, there are total 23.6 million children and adults in the United States – 7.8% of the population – have diabetes. 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older each year.

Scientists viewed cashew tree leaves, bark, seeds and apples. They found that the cashew seed extract increased the absorption of blood sugar by the cells. Extracts of other plant parts had no such effect, indicating that cashew seed extract likely contains active compounds, which might have potential anti-diabetic properties.

In certain people who have diabetes, a disorder called insulin resistance prevents the body from processing the hormone, which regulates energy and the processing of sugars in the body. Lack of insulin may result in heart or kidney diseases with time.

The cashew nut is a popular snack, and its rich flavor means that it’s often eaten without treatment, lightly salted or sugared.

Cashews are a staple in vegan diets. They are used as a base in sauces and gravies, and can take on sweet properties for frostings and cookies.

They are high in protein and a raw, natural way to obtain energy.

The fats and oils in cashew nuts are 54% monounsaturated fat, 18percent polyunsaturated fat, and 16percent saturated fat (9% palmitic acid and 7% stearic acid).

Without having cholesterol cashew nuts are a healthy fat food for heart patients too. And because of their high levels of monounsaturated essential fatty acids, additionally, they help support healthy levels of good (HDL) cholesterol.

Here below a 4 servings recipe “The Cashew Curry” cooked in 45 min’s with a wok or frying pan, a wooden spoon an the following ingredients:

  • ½ pound whole cashews
  • 2 T organic olive oil
  • 5 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 2-in bit of lemongrass or zest of just one lemon
  • 1 T coriander
  • ½ t turmeric
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 chiles, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 15 oz unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 T cilantro, chopped
  • Directions

    1. Sauté the shallots in the oil, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 10 mins.
    2. Add the curry, lemon, turmeric, chiles, garlic, ginger, and salt, and cook until fragrant, 5-10 mins.
    3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, another 5-10 mins. Remove curry leaves and serve, with diabetic rice or brown rice.

    About the writer – Linda Miller writes for type two diabetes cookbooks , her personal hobby blog targeted on cooking tips to help individuals eat healthy to reduce or deal with type 2 diabetes.