Cashew nuts are actually the seeds of the Cashew apple fruit tree that is native to brazil but is now grown many places across the world. Among all nuts, cashews are one of the best sources of copper, iron and zinc, and unlike most of them, cashews actually contain a fair amount of starch. That is the reason they make a great thickening agent for creamy sauces and why they’re popular across the globe for thickening soups and curries, making vegetarian cheese, butter, milk and desserts. Benefits of cashews nutrition include the ability to improve heart health, support healthy brain functioning, and improve digestion and nutrient absorption.

Calming and Strengthening 

The heavy and grounding qualities of cashews help stabilize a frantic nervous system. The magnesium in cashews has a mild depressant effect on the nerves that helps ward off feelings of stress and anxiety, relax the muscles, and promote sound sleep throughout the night. Also, cashews are rich in fat which support cognitive function, healthy aging and mood regulation as well as building tissue, strength and stamina due to their dense, heavy and sweet qualities.

Good for the bones

Cashews are very good for bone-building; their heavy and sticky properties maintain bone health and can help heal after an injury. Cashews nutrition benefits include bone health improvement due to the presence of calcium, magnesium and potassium and vitamin K, This can help protect from bone fractures and osteoporosis.

Healthy heart

Cashews are an excellent source of monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat can reduce triglyceride levels. If your triglyceride level is high, then you may be more likely to develop heart disease. Cashews are associated with lowered triglyceride levels and reduced levels of inflammation, all of which help protect you from heart disease, heart attacks or stroke. Not only that, but they are also very high in magnesium that can help lower blood pressure and reduce your chance of having a heart attack.


Type: Nuts

Element: Water, Earth

Color: White

Taste:  Sweet, Astringent

Natural Attributes:  Oily, Sticky, Heavy

Dosha impact: Kapha+, Pitta -, Vata –

Tissue impact (Vipak): Nourishing

Thermal impact (Virya): Cooling

Digestive impact (Agni): Hard to digest

Moves energy: 

Channels (Srotas): Blocks 

Strength (Bala):  Improves strength and immunity

Sturdiness (Ojas): +

Mind (Manas): Calms the mind



Occasion: Summer, Autumn, Winter

Nutrient: Monounsaturated fat, Protein, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium 

Chinese medicine syndromes: Nourish the Yin

Medicinal properties 

  • Nourishment (rasa): Nutritive tonic
  • Bones-joints-tendon-ligaments: Fractures
  • Nervous system: Nervine

Harmful for:


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