Hippocrates, the “father of medicine”, said 400 years before Christ: “Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” And it is true, but it cannot be any food, nor any quantity. BMNuts Brazil Nuts are a patrimony of our Amazon Rainforest, a superfood which is more than organic, they are wild, a real gift of nature. It is a seed that brings so many benefits that it is continuously being studied.
See what scientists have already discovered:
How and where to store, scientifically.
Department of Agroindustrial Science and Technology, ESALQ / USP carried out a comparative study of the storage forms of Brazil nuts, identifying that they are much better preserved when kept out of the light and refrigerated or, still better, frozen!
Improves the cognitive function of the elderly.
Research by the Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty (FCF) of the Sao Paulo University (USP) showed that daily intake of only 1 Brazil Nut fixed selenium deficiency and had positive effects on the cognitive functions of the elderly in stages prior to diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
On prostate cancer prevention.
The international reference in urology surgery, Dr. Miguel Srougi, professor of urology at Medicine Faculty of the Sao Paulo University (USP), with master degree at Harvard Medical School, has identified that the consumption of two Brazil nuts per day acts on the prevention of prostate cancer.
In the cereal bars of the athletes.
The Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR) had a research published in the Brazilian Journal of Agroindustrial Technology, presenting Brazil Nuts in the formulation of cereal bars for the energetic recovery of physical activity practitioners.
The key for a susteinable Amazon.
The study “National Panorama of the Brazil Nuts Value Chain”, prepared by the Institute of Agricultural Forest Management and Certification (Imaflora), in a research that lasted almost two years, portrays the current economic importance of the Brazil Nuts in the extractivists communities of the Amazon and for the society as a whole, classifying the Brazil Nuts production chain as “a key to the sustainable development of the Amazon”.
Preliminary studies for treatment of malaria.
The Federal University of Pará, through the Graduate Program in Neurosciences and Cell Biology, carried out a research that has already shown improvements in malaria symptoms, in laboratory. The results suggest that nutritional improvement was the major responsible.
Effects of Brazil Nuts consumption.
“Metabolic Effects of Brazil Nut (Bertholletia excelsa) intake in Healthy Humans” was the subject of the master’s thesis of the professor and doctor in toxicological biochemistry Elisangela Colpo, which aggregates the most recent research findings related to the consumption of Brazil Nuts, presenting the actions of regular consumption of only 2 nuts a day in the healthy body, its antioxidant actions and protection against various diseases, such as diabetes and cancer, as well as the beneficial effects of the consumption of higher amounts in the protection of the heart.
Against inflammatory and chronic diseases.
Studies confirm the beneficial effect of nut consumption, and they appear in a more pronounced way, when ingested integrally than when their compounds are given alone. This review addressed some mechanisms involved in the inflammatory process, its relation to NCDs and possible interactions between the consumption of nuts and the modulation of inflammatory processes by their bioactive compounds.
Research on a higher quantity consumption.
This study investigated the benefits of consuming high amounts of nuts. The biochemical parameters of the liver and kidneys were not modified, the LDL-c rates were significantly reduced while the HDL-c levels were significantly higher, concluding that the consumption of 20g or 50g of nuts lead to an acute improvement in lipid patterns in healthy individuals.
Illustrative table of the nutritional value of 2 nuts (10g), on a 2000Kcal/daily diet.
- Energy: 3%
- Protein: 3%
- Lipid (total): 10%
- Fiber: 3%
- Callcium: 1%
- Iron: 1%
- Magnesium: 9%
- Phosphorus: 6%
- Potassium: 1%
- Zinc: 4%
- Copper: 19%
- Manganese: 5%
- Selenium: 349%
- Fatty Acids, Saturated: 8%
- Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated: 2%
- Fatty Acids, Polyunsaturated: 2%
- Stigmasterol: 22%
- Beta-Sitosterol: 6%
- Vitamin C: 0,1%
- Thiamin: 5%
- Riboflavin: 0,3%
- Niacin: 0,2%
- Pantothenic Acid: 0,4%
- Vitamin B6: 1%
- Folate: 1%
- Choline: 1%
- Vitamin E: 4%
Essential Amino Acids
- Tryptophan: 5%
- Threonine: 3%
- Isoleucine: 4%
- Leucine: 4%
- Lysine: 2%
- Methionine: 11%
- Phenylalanine: 4%
- Valine: 4%
Source of Data:
- Nutrient Data Laboratory, ARS, USDA
- M. Venkatachalam, S.K. Sathe
- KS Robbins, E-C Shin, RL Shewfelt, R R Eitenmiller, RB Pegg
- Nutrient Data Laboratory, ARS, USDA
- Gu, L., Kelm, M.A., Hammerstone, J.F., Beecher, G., Holden, J., Haytowitz, D., Gebhardt, S., and Prior, R.L.
- Harnly, J. M., Doherty, R., Beecher, G. R., Holden, J. M., Haytowitz, D. B., and Bhagwat, S., and Gebhardt S.
- Liggins, J., Bluck, L. J. C., Runswick, S., Atkinson, C., Coward, W. A., Bingham, S. A.