The Brazil Nuts
The Andes Range with all its bio diversity provides the humankind a variety of superfoods, which enabled the ancient civilizations to thrive and sustain. Our mission is to source and bring some of the amazing superfoods of the Amazon rain forest to Indian shores. Our first product in this range is The Brazil Nuts.
Brazil Nuts have known to been consumed by the native people of the Amazon forest region since the Upper Palaeolithic era, which is some 11,000 years ago. The nuts were first noticed by the Spanish explorer and conqueror, Juan Alvarez Maldonado in the Madre de Dios river region of Peru and he used it to feed his hungry troops. Brazil nuts were introduced in Europe in the 1600s and in the Americas later on. Today is quite a popular nut in the USA which is also the biggest consumer of the Brazil nut.
The Brazil Nuts are triangular seeds obtained from the Brazil nut tree. The Brazil nut tree is found naturally in the Amazon forest region reaching up to a height of 50 meters and with a life of about 500 years or more. The cultivation efforts of the Brazil nut tree has been unsuccessful so far, as the Brazil nut trees in the amazon forest is pollinated by a bee which is native to the region and hence trees planted elsewhere have seldom flowered and given fruits.The natives collect the Brazil Nut pods from the forest and bring it to the processing center to take the kernels out for roasting.
Rich Source of Selenium
Andes Range Natural Shelled Brazil Nuts are sourced fresh from the Peruvian Amazon Forest. Brazil nuts are considered to be the King of Nuts, as it packs in high Selenium with a dietary value of 174% and is next only to Oysters for its high Selenium content.
Selenium is a trace element with a lot of health benefits. Selenium, is a rare and essential mineral which aids in reproduction, metabolism and cellular immunity. A single nut contains approx 68 to 91 mcg of Selenium which is good enough for daily intake for an adult. The RDI for Selenium is 55mcg.
Selenium plays an important role in hormone production. The thyroid gland uses Selenium to convert thyroxine hormone (T4) into its active form, Triiodothyronine hormone (T3). Obtaining enough Selenium from various dietary sources may help to regulate the thyroid function.
Selenium may boost the human body’s antioxidant system and prevent oxidative stress. The liver breaks down the selenium into Selenoprotein P, which effectively removes the excess free radicals in the body. The free radicals cause oxidative stress and is linked to chronic health conditions including cancer. Selenium is also said to prevent esophageal and colon cancers.
Brazil Nuts is considered to be good for brain health as it prevents mental decline (Alzheimers, dementia, Parkinson’s) due to the Selenium content and lecithin content helps in concentration of neurotransmitters, which are responsible for brain health.
Selenium boosts cell immunity to fight off bacterial and viral infections.
Selenium content increases the levels of an enzyme known as Glutathione Peroxidase (GPx) which helps reduce inflammation and protect the body from oxidative stress which is an imbalance between the antioxidants and free radicals which can lead to cellular damage.
Selenium rich foods may help in reducing blood sugar.
Selenium is also known to aid to thicken the uterine wall. A healthy uterine wall can encourage implantation. Selenium is also a mild anticoagulant, which can increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus. (ref: www.ohbabynutrition.com.au)
Selenium is known to nourish the hair follicles and hair roots thus stopping hair fall and aiding growth of beautiful and denser hair.
Selenium is known to improve skin elasticity and with its antioxidants properties, it gets rid of skin redness and inflammation and helps in flushing out the free radicals making the skin smooth and glowing. It also prevents in early aging of the skin.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, low levels of which can adversely affect sexual functions, mood, energy levels, bone health and much more. Studies have suggested hypogonadism (a condition wherein the body does not produce enough testosterone) affects males over the age of 45 years in the USA.
Brazil Nuts is said to increase the testosterone levels due to its high Selenium content and have in recent times become popular among men in the USA.
Selenium levels reduce stress and also elevates the mood which results in increased libido and could eventually result in a better sex life.
A one ounce serving of Brazil nuts is said to contain nearly 1000% of your recommended daily allowance of Selenium. A single nut has about 96 mcg of Selenium.
Health & Nutrition
- Cardiovascular / Heart Health
Brazil nuts contain polyunsaturated and mono unsaturated fatty acids, which are the good fats required by the human body to lower cholesterol levels, which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Brazil nuts also contain dietary fibre and eating fibre rich foods improves the gut health and digestion in general. It is also said to reduce Cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, stroke, obesity, heart disease.
Brazil nuts are considered to be a healthy snack as it packs in high amounts of energy (659Kcals) per 100gms of nuts. It is considered to be a health snack and good for weight reduction.
- Healthy Bones
Brazil nuts also have Calcium and Magnesium, both of which are good for healthy bones. It is said that a one ounce serving of Brazil nuts has about 25% to 33% of your daily recommended intake of Magnesium. Magnesium is known to increase the bone density.
- Mood Elevator
The Brazil nuts are said to elevate the Serotonin levels and thus elevating the mood in general.
Apart from Selenium, the Brazil nuts contain Vitamin B1,Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, & Zinc.
Raw or Processed Brazil Nuts
Eat the Healthy Way
Eating too many nuts may lead to Selenium toxicity and the symptoms of which include:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Brittle hair and nails
- Joint pain
And in more severe cases, it may results in:
- Kidney failure
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
Source: www.webmd.com ; www.bebeautiful.in
Maximize Shelf Life
Brazil Nuts are vacuum packed in 85 micron, food grade, BPA free vacuum pouches to retain its freshness and to increase its shelf life.
Storage of Brazil nuts is the most important part. Due to the high oil content in the nuts, it should be always stored in an airtight container or a zip bag and kept in the refrigerator or even the freezer (for longer storage) to eliminate contact with air. Contact with air would make the nuts go bitter very fast and also smelly and thus unsuitable for human consumption.