A Tough Nut to Crack
While Brazil nuts can be difficult to shell, they’re worth the effort. Grown in South America (duh), Brazil nuts are nutrient-dense and thee world’s best food source of vital selenium. In fact, the nuts are so rich in selenium, they must be eaten in moderation to avoid an overdose of the trace mineral. Brazil nuts are also rich in:
- Protein, iron and fiber
- Antioxidants and monounsaturated fats (MUFAs)
- Copper which boosts the skin’s natural UV protection
- Thiamine which leads to a healthier nervous system
- Phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, vitamin E and niacin
- L-arginine amino acids to help build muscle and improve circulation
- Zinc which helps boost the immune system and testosterone
Selenium is more than an element on the Periodical Table. It’s also a trace mineral that’s vital for human health. Here are just a few of selenium’s potential super powers.
- Prevent diseases of the thyroid and cardiovascular system
- Show cognitive decline and oxidative stress that leads to neurological disorders
- Increase natural defenses against certain types of cancer
- Minimize side effects of radiation therapy
- Provide antioxidants that rid the body of free radicals, inflammation and toxins
- Improve emotional health and well-being
- Regulate the thyroid gland and metabolism
- Stimulate glutathione which improves skin health and reduces wrinkles
- Reduce acne by fighting infection and inflammation
Did You Know?
The Brazil nut tree is one of the world’s tallest, growing to over 200 feet. The nuts, however, are actually seeds, packed like orange segments inside a large nut that looks like a coconut and can weight five pounds or more!