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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

[AlternativeAnswers] Brazil nuts Health Benefts

 

Brazil nuts Health Benefits:

Brazil nuts or acai berry are exclusively grown and found in tropical
forests of Amazon, South America. Brazil nuts are enriched with
selenium and proteins, amino acids, and Vital nutrients. Brazil nuts
are commonly called as castania, para-nut, cream-nut, and
castana-de-brazil etc., Brazil nut trees grow about 45 to 50 meters in
height and produce nearly 300 fruit pods in the season. A Fruit pod
contains brazilnuts that resembles coconuts and it took approximately
more than a year to mature after it is pollinated, and weighs about
more than 2 kgs. One fruit pod contains more than 20 seeds or Brazil
nuts arranged in segments. Brazil nuts are dark brown in color with
nutty flavor, and flesh is white in color and delicious in taste.

Brazil nuts are common diet and one of the best food sources for the
people of Amazon. Brazil nuts are enriched with all essential minerals,
vitamins, proteins, antioxidants, and provide nearly 650 calories of
energy per 0ne hundred grams of Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts comprises
carbohydrates, proteins, fats, dietary fiber and zero cholesterol and
vitamins namely, folates, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, pantothenic
acid, thiamin and Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and potassium,
sodium, and minerals like, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium,
zinc, copper, calcium, iron and antioxidants like, beta carotene, beta
crypto xanthin, zeaxanthin, lutein, all contribute to promote good
health.

Brazil nuts health benefits include; the presence of monounsaturated
fatty acids like oleic acid and palmitoleic acid reduces LDL Cholesterol
and raises the level of HDL Cholesterol and prevent Coronary artery
disorders, stabilizes lipid profile, improves heart health, and prevent
heart strokes. Due to the presence of rich content of selenium, this
acts as a cofactor for glutathione peroxidase enzyme that prevents
cirrhosis of liver, CAD diseases and cancers. The presence of anti
oxidant, Vitamin E, maintains the cell membrane integrity that improves
skin health and clears off free oxygen radicals in the blood. Similar
to pine nuts and almonds, Brazil nuts are also gluten free; it is being
used in many food preparations of gluten free foods. Gluten free foods
are recommended for celiac disease and allergic disorder patients.

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