The Raw Food World > Superfoods > Organic Raw Brazil Nuts 16oz
The Brazil Nut is a large crescent shaped nut native to the Amazon Rainforest of South America. They are the nutrient dense seed of one of the longest living, tallest trees of the non-flooded regions of the Amazon Rainforest – the Bertholletia excelsa tree. The Brazil Nut tree grows to astonishing heights exceeding 50 meters and lives as long as 500 to 700 years. The fruit of the Bertholletia excelsa tree, which is often larger than a baseball and weighs over 2kilograms, ripens and falls in January and February. One tree yields up to 115kg of nuts per year. Each fruit bears 10-20 Brazil Nuts, one of the most potent super foods on the planet. There is only one animal known that is able to open the hard shell and consume the nut, a large amazonian rodent-like creature called the agoutis.
Amazingly, this superfood contains more than 2,500 times the Selenium of any other nut on the planet. This astonishing Amazonian superfood provides 28grams of Selenium per ounce – that is 10 times the recommended daily intake of Selenium in just 6-8 nuts! Selenium is a potent antioxidant that is known to eliminate free radicals and protect the body against cancer and heart disease.
The high levels of omega fatty acids and selenium in Brazil Nut make it a beneficial food for promoting heart health. Brazil nuts are a powerful source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid (18: 1) and palmitoleic acid (16: 1). These mono-unsaturated fats help to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and improve HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood.
These nuts are composed of 18% protein, 16% carbohydrates, and 69% fat by weight making it a favorite among vegetarians and vegans. They are a great source of Vitamin E, Thiamin, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Manganese, and selenium as well as high levels of copper, and iron
Brazil Nuts also contain high levels of beneficial B-Vitamins such as niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, Vitamin B-6, and Pantothenic acid.
A potent and unique nutritional profile make this Amazonian superfood a great dietary choice for health conscious people.
Our brazil nuts are gathered by local Peruvian families from undisturbed old growth regions of the Amazon Rainforest. These delicious nuts come front he fruit of ancient old growth trees whose root systems reach deep into the Amazon soil to provide powerful nutritional content. We maintain a direct intimate relationship with the local Peruvian families that harvest our these nuts – by providing income for local families that depends on the old growth forest this product promotes the protection of delicate Amazon Rainforest.