Brazil Nuts are loaded with Selenium one of nature’s antioxidants
It’s an age old pursuit. For generations we have sought a magic pill to keep us healthy and promote longevity. We often jump onto nutritional trends in an effort to find the ever-illusive magic potion. Sometimes even rushing in without all the facts. This can be tricky business.
Scientists are delving deeper into the field of antioxidants and their beneficial effects on the body. Antioxidants attack the free radicals that develop from exposure to the air we breathe as well as the food we eat. The radicals left unchecked can contribute to cancer and clogged arteries. Many of our essential minerals have antioxidant qualities and selenium has come out a star.
Selenium is a trace micronutrient.
Our bodies need these trace micronutrients in small amounts to function optimally but yet they play a large roll in making cells function by strengthening and protecting cell structure. Of late, empirical evidence has shown that selenium is not only necessary, but packs an extra punch in terms of protective nutrition making this micronutrient an antioxidant as well. There is growing evidence that higher than recommended intakes may offer additional antioxidant health benefits including reduction in chronic disease and enhanced immune functioning.
The argument is strong for upping selenium intakes. So where is the selenium?
Amazingly, the food with the highest selenium content is also incredibly easy to eat. It’s even portable.
Hello, brazil nut!
Just one nut has 60-70 micrograms of selenium which is enough to meet the daily requirement for women over fifty (the RDA is 55 micrograms). With just two nuts, you will most likely be over the recommended daily allowance, thus beginning to build up your selenium stores and reaping the increased health benefits.
But beware. Eating more brazil nuts than two is not exponentially more beneficial. In fact, the nuts become toxic to your body at even minimally higher levels. As you can never be sure the exact amount of selenium in the nut because the mineral content in the growing soil is so varied, it is essential not to exceed 2 nuts over day.
It’s simple. Two nuts a day are all you need. Think of it “nature’s supplement” rather than a healthy snack that you can mindlessly munch. I pop the two into my smoothie and keep them stored next to my smoothie ingredients so I’m not tempted to over-indulge on them.
So turns out, maybe now there is a magic pill.
My smoothie recipe (it’s thick, I use a spoon to eat it!)
Hemp milk-1/8 cup or so-
Raw cacao nibs – large pinch
Fresh ginger – to taste
2 Brazil nuts
Small handful walnuts
Chard (as much as you want!)
1/4 scoop of protein powder (I use Douglas Labs Pea Protein/ Vanilla Bean for the high amino acids)
Blend all in a Vitamix.And then enjoy!
Editors Note: previously published on the author’s website, Ideations on Food.