Brazil nuts – Properties and medicinal uses

Brazil nuts, which is also called
* Creamnuts, or
* Paranuts, is the seed of the tree ‘Bertholletia excelsa’ humb. of the botanical family Lecythidaceae, that reaches a height of about 40 meters.
The brazil nut tree is a beautiful huge tree that stands out among others in the tropics. This particular property has made all efforts to cultivate it in a commercial quantity abortive.


Below are the properties of brazil nut:

• FATS: The main component of the brazil nuts that stands out is fat, as it occupies more than 66.2% of its weight. Due to this high fat content of the brazil nuts, they easily become rancid (tastes or smell unpleasant when it is no longer fresh)
These fats are composed mainly of saturated fatty acids, hence, it is advisable that “they should not be eaten to excess, particularly in cases of elevated cholesterol.

• MINERALS: They contain reasonable amounts of minerals which includes: * phosphorus
* calcium
* magnesium
* iron

• VITAMINS: The vitamins that stands out the most among others are:
* vitamin E, and
* vitamin B1.
The vitamin B1 is the most important dietary property of brazil nuts, as it surpass that of milk, eggs or meat. In fact, among all other thousands of foods you can think of, only pine nuts, wheat germ, sunflower seeds and brewer’s yeast contains more vitamin B1 than brazil nuts. It accounts for their medicinal uses.


The presence of vitamin B1 makes them an appropriate food for those suffering from nervous disorders, which includes:
* memory loss
* irritability
* mental performance
* depression.
The effects of this same vitamin B1 to the nervous system, makes them to be included in the treatment plan of those who are willing to stop smoking.

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