You’ve probably eaten these powerfully healthy nuts and never given them a second thought. Well, think about this, just 2 of these babies a day will provide you with a slew of health benefits!
Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of selenium. Selenium is a trace element that is vital for many functions in the body. It is essential for thyroid health, immune function and cell growth. They deliver healthy fat and help to prevent oxidative stress which damages cells, our DNA and can contribute to a range of health conditions.
First off, did you know that low selenium levels impact the severity of Covid? This study shows that not only did it lessen severity but it may also help in prevention. We know selenium is good for immune health so it makes sense that it could aid with Covid too. On a side note, carrots may help to combat Covid as well. Just one more reason why a healthy diet with a variety of whole foods (non-processed) is so important. For more Covid tips, be sure to check out Mercola.com. He’s got a ton of resources and information there.
Selenium is also vital for heart health, brain function and lowering blood sugar. After all the time we’ve spent on our devices and zoom calls lately, you’ll be happy to know it is even beneficial to your vision.We can all use a little extra boost. Selenium is a real powerhouse with research linking these nuts to be helpful with cancer prevention.
As you can see there are many reasons why we should make sure to get enough selenium but,
You can take too much
Believe it or not it’s fairly easy to overdose on selenium. Even by eating Brazil nuts. Consuming approximately 50 Brazil nuts, which yes is A LOT, can lead to selenium toxicity so to play it safe I never eat more than 2. The RDA, recommended daily allowance, is 55 micrograms with one nut containing 68-91 micrograms of selenium.Check it the rest of their healthful nutrients according to the USDA.
- Fats 3.4 g
- Calories 33
- Fiber 0.4 g
- Carbohydrates 0.6 g
- Protein 0.7 g
- Calcium 8 mg
- Iron 0.122 mg
- Magnesium 18.8 mg
- Copper 0.087 mg
- Zinc 0.203 mg
- Potassium 33 mg
There are more stats listed on this chart, I just wanted to give you an overview. As with most things in life, enjoy these virus protectors in moderation as they’re also high in fat and calories so that’s another reason not to go overboard.
Do they help with Covid? We don’t know for sure but eating one or two daily definitely benefits overall health. However, you may want to check to be sure you aren’t getting selenium from another source such as your multivitamin or enriched bread or cereal.
The jury is still out on the best way to fight this virus but I’m convinced if you have optimal levels of nutrients like vitamins D, C, zinc and selenium you’ve got a much better chance than if you are deficient. I’m not a doctor so you might consider having your bloodwork done annually to make sure your levels are in the optimal range. Feed and care for your body by keeping it healthy with robust immune system to continue living your life well armed against a virus or any health issue in the future.
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