5 Health Benefits of Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts contain ellagic acid and selenium, both of which play key roles in our health.

Health Benefit no. 1

Brazil nuts have anti-inflammatory properties and may be neuroprotective. A neuroprotective agent is something that protects the brain from secondary injury caused by stroke, according to the Free Dictionary.

Health Benefit no. 2

They are on the list of cancer-fighting foods.

Health Benefit no. 3

“Selenium has been scientifically proven to lift mood and prevent depression.”

Health Benefit no. 4

They boost heart health.

Health Benefit no. 5

Dr Axe says Brazil nuts are excellent for thyroid control …

Your thyroid helps control your metabolism, heart rate and body temperature. The thyroid gland has more selenium content per gram of tissue than any other organ in your body. Selenium is a key component of the molecules that are necessary for your body to be able to create and use thyroid hormones. The selenium in Brazil nuts can help to keep your thyroid in proper working order and in overall good health .

Research now shows, through numerous studies, that there is a link between thyroid metabolism and selenium deficiency. Selenium acts as a catalyst for the production of active thyroid hormones. (12) A 2015 Brazilian study found that people with reduced levels of the thyroid hormone T3 were able to increase their selenium levels via Brazil nut supplementation, which was associated with improvement in thyroid hormone levels in the patients with reduced T3 levels. (13)

Overall, selenium from Brazil nuts acts as a powerful protector of the thyroid and regulates the production of reactive oxygen within the gland, and it protects the body from antibodies that can create thyroid disease. (14) Thus, the Brazil nut can act as a natural remedy for thyroid health, thanks mostly to its selenium content.

 

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