Brazil nut trees, indeed, are one of the tallest, and longest living plant species among all the tropical rain forests. They are extremely common in Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. Each tree can grow up to 164 ft in height with large erect stem and wide umbrella like foliage canopies. Its lifespan may thought to be of about 500 to 700 years.
Some of the most impressive and important health benefits of Brazil nuts include their ability to help stimulate growth and repair to human cells, improve the digestive process, boost heart health, balance hormone function, improve the immune system, lower risk of cancer, boost male fertility, help with weight loss, aid in skin health, and reduce the signs of aging. Just like almonds and pine nuts, brazil nuts too are free from gluten protein. The nuts, therefore, are one of the popular ingredients in the preparation of gluten-free food formulas. These formula preparations are, in-fact, healthy alternatives in people with wheat food allergy and celiac disease.
Brazil nuts, like many other nut sources, are high in calories, containing good quantities of vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals. Their high caloric content chiefly comes from their fats. However, much of this fat content is mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) like palmitoleic acid and oleic acid that helps lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood. Research studies suggest that a diet that’s rich in monounsaturated fatty acids offers protection from coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring a healthy blood lipid profile.
Brazil nuts are also a very good source of vitamin-E. Vitamin -E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant. It is required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
Besides vitamin E, brazil nuts hold exceptionally high levels of selenium. Studies suggest that just 2 brazil nuts a day is enough to keep your selenium levels in the normal range. But what is selenium? Selenium is an important cofactor for anti-oxidant enzyme, known as glutathione-peroxidase. Adequate selenium in the diet helps prevent coronary artery disease, liver cirrhosis, and cancers. They also hold very good levels of other minerals such as copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. These enzymes help prevent anemia and bone weakness (osteoporosis).
Additionally, these nuts also contain a quality source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), and folates. Altogether, this nut has multiple vitamins that work together as co-factors for enzymes during cellular substrate metabolism inside the body.
All in all, to boost your health, lower your refined carbohydrate intake and replace it with healthy fats like brazil nuts, seeds, oils and wild fish. By lowering your refined carb intake and upping your healthy fat consumption, your not only regulating your bodies natural hormone cycle but you’re lowering inflammation and increasing digestion which prevent cancer, auto immune diseases and other major health problems.
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