9. Brazil Nuts
Like many of the nuts on this list, brazil nuts are technically seeds. They come from the Bertholletia excelsa tree and develop inside a large shell that looks very similar to a coconut. When it’s cut open there is more than one nut inside.
Of all the nuts, Brazil nuts are one of the richest sources of the mineral selenium. They are also particularly high in protein, vitamin E, several B-complex vitamins, magnesium, iron, copper, niacin, and zinc. They are also a good source of monosaturated fats and they have no gluten protein.
They assist with the prevention of breast cancer as well as other types, heart disease, premature aging and cirrhosis of the liver. Including the correct amount of brazil nuts will also improve cardiovascular health, reduce arthritis symptoms, lower bad cholesterol levels, fight anemia, manage Type 2 diabetes and even protect skin from sun damage.
The selenium found in Brazil nuts helps with thyroid control. Your thyroid helps control your body temperature, heart rate, and metabolism. In order for it to work properly and keep you well, selenium is essential. Recent studies show there is a direct link between a selenium deficiency and thyroid metabolism, which is why adding Brazil nuts to your diet is so important.
While it’s not necessary health-related, Brazil nuts can help with the treatment of acne. Because of the high zinc content they protect against acne or lessen its appearance. You can either eat them or even apply Brazil nut oil to the affected areas. The rich vitamin and antioxidant content of the oil are what give it its protective quality.
By eating 1 to 2 Brazil nuts a day you can impact your health in a positive way. The cream flavor makes them a tasty addition to a wide range of dishes.