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Are Brazil Nuts Good For You ? – The Nut That Destroys Inflammation

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Brazil nuts are a superfood that contains many essential nutrients that our body needs and is grown in many parts of the amazon rainforest, a surprising fact is that brazil nuts aren’t actually nuts, but seeds since it comes from the brazil nut tree. Compared to the other nuts they are much larger in size so it is very dense in calories/fat meaning just 6 brazil nuts equals one serving size. Here we will take a closer look at all the benefits that eating brazil nuts will give you:

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The Benefits Of Brazils Nuts

High Fibre And Protein

One serving of brazil nuts contains 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fibre which is around 8% of your recommend daily fibre intake. This high fibre/protein content brazil nuts provide will keep you satiated and satisfied for a long time reducing the amount of food you eat often leading to weight loss.

Very High Selenium Content

Brazil nuts are the number one food source of selenium on the planet and eating just two a day is enough to maintain a healthy level of selenium in your body. Maintaining a healthy level of selenium is extremely important because it is essential to the functioning of your immune and thyroid systems, it also has anti-inflammatory capabilities. Having a lack of selenium may cause asthma, depression, heart disease, anxiety disorders and seizures.

Helps Prevent Acne/Premature Aging

The wide array of vitamins and nutrients in brazil nuts make it particularly good for protecting skin health. These vitamins/nutrients help give your skin a healthy glow while improving the elasticity of the skin, which helps prevent premature aging (where you look much older than your age). Furthermore, the high zinc content of brazil nuts have been shown to help prevent acne breakouts or lessen its appearance. There are two ways this can be achieved, the first is obviously to consume the nuts through your diet and the second is to apply brazil nut oil on the affected areas.

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Good For Your Digestive System

Having a good level of magnesium in your body will ensure all the nutrients you consume is efficiently taken in by your digestive system. Brazil nuts contain a very high level of magnesium making sure that you reap as many benefits as possible from your foods.

Increases HDL (Good Cholesterol)

The unsaturated fats in brazil nuts will increase your HDL cholesterol levels and having a healthy level of HDL will help protect you from heart attacks/strokes.

Anticancer

Oesophageal (your food pipe) cancer is directly related to low levels of selenium, but eating brazil nuts won’t just increase your levels of selenium, it will also increase your levels of ellagic acid. Ellagic acid is a natural antioxidant that is antimutagenic and anticancer.

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Although brazil nuts have many amazing benefits there are still a few drawbacks that you should be aware of, or else they could do more harm than good.

Brazil Nuts Caution/Drawbacks

  • Due to the very high fat content of brazil nuts it means they go rancid very easily. To prevent this and fend off spoilage store them in the fridge or freezer to maintain the nuts freshness. Since they contain so much fat brazil nuts are very high in calories so try not to consume more than 3-4 nuts a day.
  • Even though the brazil nut is technically a seed people with nut allergies should still take caution because the profile of this food is similar to other nuts.
  • Since brazil nuts contain so much selenium consuming too much (more than 10x the RDA of selenium) will cause you to have selenium toxicity. This can cause brittle hair/fingernails, skin rashes, diarrhoea, nausea and coughing.

To conclude brazil nuts are definitely one of the best nuts to consume for you and your health, but it’s very important not to overdo it with these nuts since the high calories and selenium content can be detrimental if you overload your body with it. If you have anymore questions about brazil nuts then feel free to leave it in the comment section below.

12 thoughts on “Are Brazil Nuts Good For You ? – The Nut That Destroys Inflammation

  1. Hi Andrew

    Thanks for the great article, I never new how good Brazil nuts were, I’ll definitely be adding them to my diet. With regards to their acne beating properties would you say they make any difference after acne has appeared or are they better as a preventative measure ?

    Thanks again,

    Dom

  2. Thank you for the great post about Brazil nuts !

    Nuts are my regular snacks and I always have a jar of it on my working desk. I like almond and walnuts the most, but I’ll definitely give brazil nuts a try after reading your post because of all the health benefits it has.

    1. Almonds and walnuts are great also ! all nuts have different benefits so try incorporating a mix of nuts into your weekly diet if possible.

  3. Hey Andrew,

    Great post. I am a big fan of brazil nuts, I used them when I was healing from prostate cancer as they are excellent for prostate health.

    I cured myself with whole foods and no medical intervention so I’m a big fan of clean healthy living.

    Thanks for a great post and I am off to buy some more brazil nuts !

    Cheers, Kev

    1. Most of the times many if not all severe illnesses like cancer and heart disease can be cured by eating healthy whole foods. Just like you did to cure your prostate cancer ! Simply amazing !!

  4. Ah hah, I actually just started learning about brazil nuts and its benefit to the thyroid gland. It’s super nice to run into an article that goes in-dept about these seeds. I also didn’t know about their anti-inflammatory properties, I’ll have to pick some up when I get a chance 🙂

  5. These are my favourite nuts compared to all the others. Seems to be really good according to what you wrote, I didn’t know that they can have a positive effect on acne though.

    The thing is once I start eating it I can’t stop, so I would like to know how much would you recommend for me to consume each day ?

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