Extremely high level of Brazil nuts can cause a condition known as selenosis
Brazil nuts have an elevated amount of selenium (68-91 mcg per nut), and having too many Brazil nuts can cause the body selenium to increase above the acceptable limit. Too much selenium over time can lead to
- Garlic breath.
- Discolored teeth.
- Brittle hair or nails.
- Skin rashes.
- Metallic taste in the mouth.
- Loss of hair or nails.
- Nervous system disorders.
Extremely high level of Brazil nuts can cause a condition known as selenosis, which is characterized by
- Difficulty breathing.
- Kidney failure.
- Heart attacks.
- Heart failure.
What are Brazil nuts?
Brazil nuts are acquired from the Bertholletia excelsa tree grown widely in the Amazon forests. The tree produces comparatively large hard-shelled fruits resembling coconuts that contain anywhere from 10 to 24 edible seeds. They have a buttery taste and can be added to salads and cakes or just munched on after roasting.
Other nutrients in Brazil nuts include:
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
What are the health benefits of Brazil nuts?
There are several health benefits of Brazil nuts due to the presence of high nutrients, which include:
- Maintaining healthy thyroid function
- Reducing the risk of heart disease
- Improving blood sugar level in people with diabetes
- Lowering inflammation to reduce the risk of various diseases
- Maintaining bone health
- Reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
Medically Reviewed on 12/8/2020