Raw Brazil Nuts
If you need more selenium in your body, don’t pop a tablet, eat organic Brazil nuts! Just two to four pieces will give you all of the selenium that your body needs.
In New Zealand, where the soil is low in selenium, people are advised to eat at least two Brazil nuts a day to increase selenium levels in the blood. Now, why should we have enough selenium in our bodies in the first place?
Boosts immune and thyroid functions. Just a mere ounce of Brazil nuts contain 774% of the daily recommended value for this trace mineral. Deficiency in selenium may cause rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, depression, anxiety disorders and even seizures. Organic Brazil nuts offer more than just selenium, though, as the nut has so many nutrients up its sleeve.
Lowers bad cholesterol and reduces heart disease risks. A serving of at least 15g of Brazil nuts a day will reduce oxidized LDL cholesterols in obese people. And because this nut is rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, plant sterols, zinc and arginine, eating a handful of Brazil nuts a day can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by 30-50%.
Aids weight loss. Contrary to popular belief, eating nuts (Brazil nuts included) on a regular basis does not lead to weight gain. The truth is, there is evidence that eating nuts actually leads to weight loss. That’s right—those who regularly consume these nuts have a lower BMI (Body Mass Index) compared to those who don’t.
Helps manage blood glucose levels and the digestive system. A significant amount of dietary fibre can be found in Brazil nuts. Eat a handful and you will reap regular bowel movements and healthy levels of blood glucose.