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Brazil nuts are high in protein, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.  They are known for their anti-inflammatory and tumor-preventive properties.

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Possible Benefits

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Prevents the formation of some tumors
  • Improves the immune system
  • Protects the gastrointestinal tract
  • Protects cardiovascular function
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How to Do It

Eat 1-2 nuts raw, toasted, or in other preparations such as desserts. There is also Brazil nut oil.

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Why it works

  • Its high content of selenium, an element that keeps the body healthy, supports the function of the thyroid gland and protects against infection and free radical damage. It protects against the formation of tumors, strengthens the immune system, and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • It contains selenoproteins, which help break down food and protect the intestinal barrier.
  • Its magnesium content helps maintain heart health by improving muscle contraction and relaxation.
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Time Commitment

30 seconds

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Suggested Frequency

3-4 times per week

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Possible Side Effects

Excessive selenium intake can lead to nausea and vomiting.

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  • These nuts have a high content of radium, an element that in high quantities can be harmful. 
  • Check with your doctor to make sure you can add this food to your diet.
  • It is not recommended for pregnant women.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Brazil nuts: an effective way to improve selenium status. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18258628
  2. Selenium Accumulation, Speciation and Localization in Brazil Nuts (Bertholletia excelsa H.B.K.). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6724122/
  3. Nuts and Human Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5748761/
  4. Selenium and Selenoproteins in Immune Mediated Thyroid Disorders. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6316875/
  5. A Single Consumption of High Amounts of the Brazil Nuts Improves Lipid Profile of Healthy Volunteers. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3693158/
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