Cashew Scientific Name

Anacardium occidentale

Cashew Other Names

English: Cashew
Hindi: Kaju

What is Cashew?

Cashew, a dry fruit that is already very common in America, is high in nutritional value and vitamins. On the outside, cashews are uniformly white and are bean-shaped. On the inside, cashews are rich in vitamin K, E and B6. They also have a healthy amount of magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. Cashews are known for their ability to maintain bone health, maintain heart health, and lower cholesterol levels. A handful of cashews a day may help to lower your weight and applying oil to the skin is great for healing wounds.

Common forms of Cashew

Nuts, Powder, Oil

Cashew is commonly used for:

  • Increasing immunity
  • Treating gallstones
  • Treating anemia
  • Improving oral and bone health
  • Creating more red blood cells
  • Improving nerve and muscle health
  • Maintaining heart health

Cashew Dosage

Nut: 4-5 nuts daily or as prescribed.
Powder: ½-1 teaspoon or as prescribed.
Oil: 2-5 drops on the skin as prescribed.

Cashew Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: You may develop an allergy to cashews. Excessive consumption of cashews may lead to kidney stones.
Not so common side-effects: Contact dermatitis, gastrointestinal discomfort, breathing difficulties.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Safe to consume in small amounts.
Children: If no allergy is present, it is safe for children to consume.

Cashew nuts may cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, pistachio or other types of nuts.

Where to Buy Cashew in the US?

Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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