Nuts and seeds can deliver plenty of valuable nutrition when prepared properly. They store and travel very well and can also make a quick and filling snack when required. Although there are plenty of reasons to eat various nuts and seeds, the healing benefits of brazil nuts may very well beat them all.
Brazil nuts nutritional profile
The Brazil nut tree is a South American tree that can reach 160 feet tall with a trunk of 3 to 6 feet in diameter, making it one of the largest trees in the Amazon rainforest. It’s lifespan is generally around 500 years, but some say it may live for 1000 years.
Brazil nuts are delicious and loaded with health benefits. Although they are high in calories, they provide high amounts of beneficial nutrients the body needs in order to function properly. Those nutrients include:
- An exceptionally high level of selenium, with 774% of the RDA obtained from 6 kernels (1 Brazil nut will provide you with your RDA of selenium)
- A great source of magnesium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, calcium, iron, and potassium
- A good source of thiamin and vitamin E
- A great source of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated fats
- Good source of dietary fiber
- Contain a complete source of amino acids, including high levels of methionine
With the high nutrient profile of Brazil nuts, the healing benefits of even a few a day can be amazing.
Healing action of Brazil nuts
Due to the high selenium, mineral, and fat content, Brazil nuts can deliver many healing benefits, including:
- Helping fight free radicals by encouraging the production of glutathione, the most important antioxidant enzyme
- Boosting the immune system
- Helping improve thyroid gland function by converting stored T4 hormones into active T3 hormones
- Aiding in protection against breast, prostate, colon, and rectal cancer
- Helping prevent blood clotting and helping protect from heart diseases
It appears that eating a only few Brazil nuts a day can have excellent benefits and should be considered a part of a healthy lifestyle.
How to use Brazil nuts in your diet
Using Brazil nuts in your diet is extremely easy. Simply eat them on their own or combine with other nuts, seeds, and dried fruit to make a nice trail mix.
When using Brazil nuts in your diet, consider consuming them only a few times a week after soaking them for 12 hours. This will ensure you don’t take too much natural selenium (your body requires very little), and that the phyti acids are removed to dramatically improve absorption and reduce potential gastrointestinal distress.
Brazil nuts have also been found to contain high amounts of aflatoxins (naturally occurring mycotoxins), so those with fungal issues may want to avoid Brazil nuts until that ailment is properly remedied.
Aside from that, enjoy their healing benefits!