Do you know the Brazil nut tree? Some say it is a nut, while others say it is a seed. The truth is that it is a large tree, which reaches a height between 30 and up to 50 meters. Its diameter ranges between 1 and 2 meters, it is also considered a long-lived tree that can live up to more than a thousand years. There are many things you should know!
What other names does the Brazil nut receive?
The Brazil nut tree is native to South America, its location is related to the Amazon region. Specifically, it can be located in the following countries:
- Southeast Colombia.
- Amazon of Venezuela.
The fact that this tree grows and develops in such a wide area, makes it receive many different names. That is why it is important to know what other names it receives to make sure you are consuming the right one and enjoy its multiple benefits. Take note of these names:
- Bertholletia excelsa, is its scientific name.
- Hazelnut from Brazil.
- Amazon nut.
- Brazil chestnut or Pará.
The consumption of Brazil nut can help improve the health and quality of life of people, thanks to its properties. Find out now about some of those properties.
Properties of Pará chestnuts
This tree – Bertholletia excelsa – is attributed many healing properties that can benefit health in different ways. We can mention a few:
- Proteins up to 18%.
- Carbohydrates 13%.
- Fats up to 69%, but with an approximate proportion of:
- Saturated 25%.
- Monounsaturated 41%.
- Polyunsaturated 34%.
- It is considered a good source of magnesium and vitamin B1.
- It is rich in selenium, in a seed you can find concentrations between 200 and 400 micrograms of this vital element.
- Abundant in vitamin E, phytosterols and squalene.
- It contains flavonoid and phenolic compounds.
Due to all the properties of Pará chestnuts, it is considered as one of the best natural antioxidants.
Most important benefits
One of its greatest attributes is the high concentration of selenium that its seeds have, because they make it a powerful natural antioxidant. Taking into account that the human body requires 55 micrograms of this element and the Brazil nut can contribute in a single seed up to 400 micrograms.
Its most important benefits for human life are related to the prevention of some diseases:
- Cardiovascular problems.
- Onset of Alzheimer’s, senile dementia and Parkinson’s.
- Reduces the risk of high blood pressure.
Other benefits are:
- Improve cognitive functions of the brain.
- Prevents hair loss and promotes the health of nails and skin.
- It is able to strengthen the immune system.
- Regulates the functioning of the thyroid.
- A proven source of energy.
Highly recommended for everyone!
Its consumption is highly recommended, both by naturopathic doctors and by traditional medicine. It can be consumed in different ways and is found in supermarkets and natural stores, in various presentations including chestnut oil.
Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.