Despite the nutritional studies being done showing cashews to be one of the worlds healthiest foods, there is still little to no scientific research being done being done on the possible medicinal benefits of this incredible nut. Because of their humid climate Countries including Brazil, Nigeria, and Mozambique are responsible for most of the worlds cashew production, and have been embracing the benefits of the nuts for years. Here are just a few of the many ways cashews will benefit you...

1. A natural treatment for depression.

Cashews contain a very important amino acid, tryptophan, which is responsible for regulating your mood, keeping a balanced behavior, and improve the quality of your sleep. In return, you won't feel as stressed, anxious, or depressed. Two handfuls of cashews contain the same amount of tryptophan as most prescription antidepressants without the negative side effects that come along with them.

2. Protect your eyes.

Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes for vision loss in America, even surpassing cataracts and glaucoma. Luckily, cashews contain contain the amazing antioxidant, zeaxanthin, which is actually absorbed into your eyes giving them better protection against harmful UV rays. Additionally zeaxanthin provides your eyes with antioxidants that help prevent age related macular degeneration.

3. Boost your metabolism.

Cashews are packed full of nutritious vitamins that are sure to speed up your metabolism and even help you to lose weight. A single 100 gram serving of cashews gives you over 30% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin B6. Additionally, these vitamins will reduce your risk of developing homocystinuria, and ensure your metabolism stays working smoothly and efficiently.