Cashew Extract to Treat Diabetes
by Linda Miller
College of Montreal experts suggest one great way cashew extract may treat diabetic issues.
A new study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research suggests cashew seed extract may play an important role in preventing and treating type 2 diabetes.
The cashew is a tree in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The plant is indigenous to northeastern Brazil.
Scientists at the School of Montreal and the University 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 expected 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 can have potential anti-diabetic properties.
In certain people with diabetes, a disorder 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 result in heart or kidney diseases with time.
The cashew nut is a popular snack, and its rich flavor means that it is 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're high in protein and a raw, natural source of energy.
The fats and oils in cashew nuts are 54per-cent monounsaturated fat, 18percent polyunsaturated fat, and 16per cent saturated fats (9% palmitic acid and 7% stearic acid).
With no cholesterol cashew nuts are a healthy fat food for heart patients too. And because of their high amounts of monounsaturated essential fatty acids, in addition they help support healthy amounts of good (HDL) cholesterol.
Here below a 4 servings recipe "The Cashew Curry" made in 45 min's having a wok or frying pan, a wooden spoon an these 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 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
Sauté the shallots in the oil, stirring occasionally, until golden, about ten minutes.
Add the curry, lemon, turmeric, chiles, garlic, ginger, and salt, and cook until fragrant, 5-10 min's.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, another 5-10 minutes. 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 site focused on cooking recommendations to help people eat healthy to protect against or handle diabetic issues.