Cashew Extract May Treat Type 2 Diabetes

by Linda Miller

College of Montreal experts suggest us 1 good way cashew extract may treat type 2 diabetes

A new research published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research advises cashew seed extract may play an important role in preventing and treating diabetic issues.

The cashew is a tree in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The plant is native to northeastern Brazil.

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

In Canada, more than three 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 looked at cashew tree leaves, bark, seeds and apples. They found that exactly 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, that can have potential anti-diabetic properties.

In some people who have diabetes, a common condition called insulin resistance prevents the body from processing the hormone, which regulates energy and the processing of sugars in the body.

Deficit of insulin can cause heart or kidney diseases over 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 utilized as a base in sauces and gravies, and can take on sweet properties for frostings and cookies.

They're an excellent source of protein and a raw, natural source of energy.

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

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

"The Cashew Curry"

Here below a 4 servings recipe "The Cashew Curry" cooked in 45 min's using a wok or frying pan, a wooden spoon and these ingredients:

* ½ pound whole cashews
* 2 T essential olive oil
* 5 shallots, thinly sliced
* 5 curry leaves
* 2-in bit of lemon grass or zest of 1 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


Sauté the shallots in the oil, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 10 min.

Add the curry, lemon, turmeric, chiles, garlic, ginger, and salt, and cook until fragrant, 5-10 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, another 5-10 minutes. Remove curry leaves and serve, with diabetic rice or brown rice.

About me - Linda Miller writes for diabetic cookbooks, her personal hobby weblog targeted on cooking techniques to help people eat healthy to protect against or handle type 2 diabetes.

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Comment by site editor:
The photo is a courtesy of Robin

Thank you, Linda for sharing such a powerful information about Cashews and their supportive and preventive qualities to a widespread health risk like diabetes. Best of all is your accompanying recipe The Cashew Curry. It sounds delicious. We will try it soon.

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Oct 10, 2011
Cashews can really do this
by: Sandy Pinkerton

I've read other blogs that state this same thing. It's interesting that cashews have anti-diabetic properties, but not the other foods they tried. I wonder what specifically, as in what chemical, causes this? My grandfather loves to eat cashews, so hopefully this will help to fend off diabetes.

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