By Kathleen Blanchard RN for EmaxHealth.com
Cashew seed that comes from the leaves, apples, bark, and seeds of the tree was studied for development of nutraceuticas that could treat diabetes. Scientists explored the effect of cashew seed extract to find that the seed stimulates muscle absorption of glucose needed for energy, making the seed a potential diabetes treatment.
Diabetes destroys the body’s ability to use glucose. The researchers studied the health benefits of cashew seed that is the nut that grows from the end of the apple. The nut contains oleic acid that is the heart healthy ingredient in olive oil. Cashews are also rich with minerals such as copper, zinc, phosphorous and magnesium that has also been shown to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome that contributes to diabetes development.