The Amazonian walnut or Brazilian walnut is a huge tree from South America. It belongs to the Lecythidaceae family. In Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, it constitutes an interesting source of income for its seeds: Brazil Nuts. Brazil nuts are considered one of the most concentrated food sources of selenium. This trace element confers many therapeutic virtues to the nuts, including a strong antioxidant power and a real interest for the thyroid. Brazil Nuts also offer a wide range of nutrients, all as interesting as each other: polyunsaturated fatty acids to fight against cardiovascular disorders, fiber to act on the digestive system, manganese and copper that accentuate the antioxidant power of selenium ... This super-nut has everything to please, so much so that one nut a day is enough to stimulate the antioxidant defenses of the body. Latin name : Bertholletia excelsa Bonpl. Botanical family : Lecythidaceae. Part used : Almond.
Due to the energy density of Brazil Nuts and their high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids, daily consumption recommendations are defined:
To make the most of their benefits, you can use them :
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15g of Brazil Nuts contain a significant portion of the Population Nutritional Reference (PNR) of the following nutrients Vitamin B1, Copper, Selenium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus. They also contain, to a lesser extent, Protein, Fiber, Potassium, Iron, Calcium, Zinc, and Vitamin E.
As such, Brazil Nuts can complement your healthy and varied diet.
The thyroid is the most selenium-rich organ. Its functioning depends on selenium, so a selenium deficiency increases the prevalences of thyroid disorders (see our guide hypothyroidism and diet). In light of their richness in selenium, Brazil Nuts ensure proper thyroid function and increase thyroid hormone levels in the blood. On another level, Brazil Nuts also support testosterone levels in the blood responsible for sexual functions.
The production of free radicals is natural. Nevertheless, hyperproduction or insufficient elimination of free radicals is a source of stress for the cells. Brazil Nuts stimulate antioxidant defenses by providing trace elements essential to their functioning: manganese, copper, selenium and zinc.
In addition, they are carriers of vitamin E and vitamin B2: two antioxidant vitamins. In another area, they reduce the absorption of carbohydrates and cholesterol. Thus, they help the body to control these intakes and prevent hyperglycemia and hypercholesterolemia. Moreover, polyunsaturated fatty acids lower the concentrations of LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride in the blood. Associated with their antioxidant power, they fight against cardiovascular pathologies.
Fatigue is one of the first symptoms caused by nutritional and energy deficiencies. Brazil Nuts are energy carriers through their lipids. They contribute to the production of energy by providing the nutrients necessary for the metabolism, such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, copper and manganese. Moreover, iron, magnesium and vitamin B2 (all present in Brazil nuts) reduce the feeling of fatigue. Intellectual functions will also benefit from these nutrients, as iron and zinc are involved in the activity of cognitive functions.
By providing zinc and selenium, Brazil Nuts will contribute to male fertility. Selenium contributes to spermatogenesis and zinc is a constituent of seminal fluid.
Brazil Nuts stimulate the immune response by providing immunomodulating micronutrients: copper, iron, selenium and zinc.
Nails and hair are made of keratin. Dietary deficiencies can weaken keratin. Brazil Nuts participate in the good formation of keratin, thanks to selenium and zinc, which increases the resistance of nails and hair. Brazil Nuts also participate in the beauty of the skin, thanks to zinc, copper and vitamin B2. These protect the skin and the mucous membranes.
Finally, Brazil Nuts prevent and slow down many signs of aging. Against white hair first, by copper which stimulates the synthesis of melanin (dark pigment, whose production is reduced with age). Then limit the appearance of wrinkles, thanks to copper associated with manganese. They contribute to the formation and maintenance of connective tissue. Finally, the antioxidant power of Brazil nuts fights against the appearance of skin spots.
The inorganic part of the skeleton consists of minerals. Mostly calcium and phosphorus, and to a lesser extent magnesium, manganese and zinc. By the contribution of these minerals, the Brazil Nuts take part in the solidity of the bones, to integrate within the framework of a balanced diet.
Some foods can be preferred in case of muscle contraction disorders. Brazil nuts are one of them, since they provide magnesium, potassium and calcium: minerals responsible for muscle contraction.
Stunted growth can result from inadequate nutrition: in quantity or quality. Brazil Nuts are nutrient dense, especially in lipids and minerals. Lipids provide calories to promote growth. Minerals: calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc, play a role in the processes of cell division, at the origin of tissue growth. Within the framework of a sufficient, varied and balanced diet, the nutrients of Brazil nuts contribute to growth.
An erosion of the dental enamel increases the vulnerability and sensitivity of the teeth. Brazil Nuts prevent decalcification of teeth by providing calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. These minerals make up the mineralized tissues of the teeth.
The Amazonian walnut or Brazilian walnut is a large tree of the Lecythidaceae family. Because of its large size: 30 to 50 m high, it is called the King of the Amazonian forest, yet it is slow growing. The tree has a large trunk easily 2 m in diameter. Its leaves are green, oblong and measure on average 30 cm. From August to November, the yellow inflorescences of the Amazonian walnut are born. In the fall, it fruits to give hard and woody shells, which can weigh up to 2 kg. Each shell contains about 20 triangular seeds: Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts are picked on the ground and are a source of income for many Amazonians. Currently, Brazil has the largest area of walnut in the Amazon, while Bolivia is the world's largest producer.Organic Brazil nuts...
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