The dried fruit that protects your thyroid and helps stop aging

The dried fruit that protects your thyroid and helps stop aging
The dried fruit that protects your thyroid and helps stop aging

Nuts are popular for the wide variety of nutritional contributions they have. They are rich in fiber, minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, as well as trace elements such as zinc. There is a specific type that could help reduce bad cholesterol levels and protect the thyroid.

It’s about the Brazil nut, originating from a tree native to South America that grows mainly in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Peru. It has a soft and creamy texture like butter and It can be enjoyed raw, with skin, peeled or toasted.

A 30-gram serving of this food contains nearly 1,000 percent of the recommended daily amount of selenium., according to ‘WebMD’. Therefore, it is the ideal option to increase the levels of this nutrient.

“Selenium is important for reproduction, thyroid gland function, DNA production, and protecting the body against infections and damage caused by free radicals.”explains an article from the National Institutes of Health.

In addition, they indicate that obtaining sufficient amounts of this trace element in the diet could help reduce the risk of Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease, and thyroid cancer.

On the other hand, this dried fruit also has a high vitamin E content. This antioxidant may contribute to protect cells from oxidative stresswhich, according to ‘Medical News Today’, is an imbalance of free radicals that could cause cell and tissue damage.

“Antioxidants can help fight free radicals by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Reducing inflammation can help reduce the risk of suffering from various health conditionssuch as heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer,” explains a ‘WebMD’ article, clinically reviewed by dermatologist Zilpah Sheikh.

Also, They can improve the signs of aging. They contain omega-3 fatty acids which are known to promote skin elasticity and reduce inflammation related to acne. The glutathione present in Brazil nuts can help regenerate the skin and prevent wrinkles.


“Doctors recommend eat no more than five Brazil nuts a day to avoid possible health risks, such as selenium toxicity. This condition is related to respiratory problems, heart problems and kidney failure,” warns ‘WebMD’.

(Of interest: Nuts rich in antioxidants that reduce cholesterol and prevent diseases).

Consult a health professional before incorporating new foods into your diet. Remember to visit a nearby health center if you experience adverse symptoms.

Brownies recipe with chocolate and Brazil nuts

This is a great way to briefly introduce this nut to your diet. By taking advantage of its sweet and sour flavor, you can create the perfect balance for a delicious dessert. Remember that it should be consumed with care, due to its high selenium content.

The ingredients of the recipe are the following:
  • 200 g of flour
  • 100 g of Butter
  • 150 g of white sugar
  • 5 g baking powder
  • 3 units of Egg
  • 50 g of cocoa powder
  • 50 g of Chocolate for desserts
  • 75 g of Brazil nuts
  • 1 pinch of salt
Let’s do it:
  1. Melt the chocolate with the butter in the microwave, making sure it doesn’t burn.
  2. In a bowl, beat the sugar with the eggs.
  3. Add the chocolate and flour with the yeast, cocoa and salt passed through a sifter.
  4. Add the chopped Brazil nuts.
  5. Grease and flour a square or rectangular mold and pour out the dough.
  6. Place in the oven for about 25-30 minutes at 180ºC while keeping an eye on it.
  7. Once the time is up, carefully remove, let cool and unmold your brownie to enjoy.

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