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Brazilian Nuts: The Cancer Killer?

So I think I am going to order a couple of trash bags full of Brazilian nuts after researching its Cancer fighting properties. Apparently one of the leading ingredients that is winning the cancer battle is selenium – and guess which tasty snack is absolutely satiated in it… you guessed it, BRAZILIAN NUTS!

Check out this excerpt from the National Foundation of Cancer Research on Brazilian Nuts

NFCR-sponsored researchers have been investigating the links between nutrition and cancer prevention for decades. The latest research from Dr. Helmut Sies focuses specifically on the role of selenium, a nutrient that may play a critical role in reducing the risk of certain cancers. So what can we eat to add selenium to our diets? Brazil nuts.

Brazil nuts contain the richest source of natural selenium. They also make a great pesto.  Add a dollop to some roasted broccoli, whole-grain pasta or salmon and voila! You now have a delicious, nutritious, cancer-fighting meal for dinner tonight.

So What Is Selenium anyway?

To be blunt, your body needs Selenium, an important mineral, which effects everything from reproduction to fighting off infections! There are different foods with varying levels of selenium within it but as we discussed, Brazilian nuts are the greatest source of this mineral. But just because you have a regular in-take of selenium doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to get the full impact of selenium. Some of us will have trouble properly absorbing this mineral – those who:

  • are on dialysis
  • living with HIV
  • have a gastrointestinal condition, such as Crohn’s disease

It is also good to know how much you can have – because too little selenium in your body can result in serious health problems but too much can make you toxic! Check out this handy little chart for proper in-take:


And if that’s not enough to get you filling your house with these nutty treats, watch this video on Dr. Berg’s Selenium Segment:


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