Why I Eat One Brazil Nut Daily
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Recently I have been researching online about the many health benefits of nuts. 'Tis the season to bake with nuts, and so I wanted to learn just how healthy they are. I am familiar with Brazil nuts, but have never really known just how healthy they are until I did a recent search online. And now, I make sure to eat one (or two) a day at work.
So why are they so super healthy? For starters, they are filled with selenium, and is one of the best sources of it. Selenium is an antioxidant, and antioxidants help prevent cellular damage and may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Selenium is also found to improve the immune system against viral and bacterial infections. However, because only one Brazil nut contains up to 100 micrograms of selenium (the daily recommended amount is 400 micrograms), it is recommended to eat up to two Brazil nuts a day to avoid selenium overdose. Brazil nuts are also high in unsaturated fats, which help reduce chronic inflammation, and are known as the "good" fats that help raise your HDL, or "good", cholesterol and lower your LDL, or "bad", cholesterol. Brazil nuts are also rich in other vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 and folates. And they contain high levels of certain minerals such as copper, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc.