9. Health & Nutrition

Health & Nutrition

As well as having an amazing life story and the potential to help protect the rainforest, the Brazil nuts are packed with nutrition that can benefit everybody from professional athletes to the person trying to eat more healthily.

As part of a healthy diet Brazil nuts can contribute greatly to the intake of micronutrients and healthy fats, as well as protein of course.

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For instance consuming a handful of Brazil nuts should easily account for your recommend daily amount of selenium.

Here are some nutritional benefits that Brazil nuts provide:

  • Source of protein

Protein contributes to the maintenance of muscle mass and normal bones.

  • Source of calcium

Calcium contributes to normal blood clotting, muscle function, neurotransmission, and energy metabolism and is needed for the maintenance of normal bones.

  • Source of iron

Iron contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, supports the formation of red blood cells and oxygen transport in the body, as well as contributing to the normal function of the immune system.

  • Source of folate

Folate contributes to normal homocysteine metabolism, amino acid synthesis and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It also has a role to play in the process of cell division and contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy.

  • Source of vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity, the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, red blood cell formation and the metabolism of homocysteine, protein and glycogen.

  • Source of biotin

Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal hair, skin and mucus membranes as well as energy and macronutrient metabolism.

  • Rich in thiamin

Thiamine contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system and the heart.

  • Rich in magnesium

Magnesium contributes to electrolyte balance, muscle function, protein synthesis and energy metabolism. It also contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system and the maintenance of normal bones.

  • Rich in copper

Copper contributes to normal hair and skin pigmentation, the maintenance of connective tissues and iron transport within the body.

  • Rich in vitamin E

As an antioxidant, vitamin E contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

  • Rich in zinc

Zinc contributes to normal fertility and reproduction and the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood. It has a role to play in the process of cell division and DNA synthesis, whilst also contributing to the maintenance of normal bones, hair, nails, skin and vision.

  • Rich in selenium

Selenium contributes to the maintenance of normal hair and nails, as well as supporting the function of the immune system and thyroid gland. As an antioxidant, selenium contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

  • Rich in manganese

Manganese contributes to the normal function of connective tissue and the maintenance of normal bones.

Micronutrients  – are nutrients required by humans and other organisms throughout life in small quantities to orchestrate a range of physiological functions, but which the organism itself cannot produce.

Healthy Fats – Can be both saturated and unsaturated helping to contribute to cell and brain function.  Essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 can benefit brain and nerve function and some healthy saturated fatty acids can benefit the brain by providing raw materials it needs to function optimally.  Furthermore saturated fats aid cardio vascular health as the airspaces of the lungs have to be coated with a thin layer of lung surfactant which is one hundred percent saturated fatty acids.

A mix of nuts like Brazils, walnuts, almonds, pistachio and macadamias provide healthy saturated fats and numerous micronutrients.

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Some information sourced from:

http://jhfitness-nutrition.blogspot.co.nz/#!/2012/11/nutrition-performance-nutrition-for.html

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