A Brazil Nut a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Janice Tovey
3 min readNov 3

Reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and much more

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Did you know that you can lower your risk of heart related ailments, diabetes and thyroid troubles by eating one Brazil nut a day?

This becomes a pretty painless pill to swallow given that the common Brazil nut can help with lowering bad cholesterol, raising good cholesterol, aid blood circulation, help to prevent heart attack and hardening of the arteries, blood clots, and protect your thyroid.

And there is more.

The magic is found in the selenium, fiber, magnesium, antioxidants, Omega 3’s and vitamin E. Mostly the selenium.

Brazil nuts boast a bundle!

Are you looking for healthier nails and hair? The above nutrients, plus vitamin B, help to prevent thinning hair while strengthening hair follicles, ease wrinkles, heal skin, fortify nails, and help reduce premature aging.

Wow, one Brazil nut a day has been shown to help reduce premature aging!

And more.

Cognitive function is enhanced. The high selenium content along with the vitamin E improve brain health by virtue of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and senile dementia may be prevented or symptoms reduced.

A study conducted by the European Journal of Nutrition found that ingesting just one Brazil nut per day for a total of 8 weeks, reduced fasting glucose markers and lowered bad cholesterol.

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The Brazil nut originates from a tree in South America. This tree is one of the most ancient and largest trees living in the Amazon rainforest. The fruit containing the nut is fairly large weighing up to as much as 2 kg total. In addition to the food, the wood from the Brazil nut tree is coveted for its high quality and is commonly used in flooring, carpentry, and heavy construction.

Side Effects

Brazil nuts should come with a warning. One or two are often enough!

Janice Tovey

My passion is writing. I also love reading, teaching, animals, nature, music, and humor. I am curious about everything and enjoy writing about all things.