The increasingly popularity and health benefits of Brazil nuts may lead to these nuts becoming a daily snack for many men.
Brazil nuts are not only packed full of vitamins, minerals and rich in protein content, they also boast the highest dietary source of selenium.
Selenium is a mineral not found in many foods and has been linked to improved sexual performance among men.
So what are 5 reasons men should eat this popular South American nut?
5 Reasons men should eat Brazil nuts everyday:
– Increases Natural Testosterone Levels
– Improves sperm motility and reduces infertility (among men)
– Essential micronutrient for male reproductive system (testes)
– Excellent source of omega-6 fatty acids, and
– Nutrient dense food containing many essential nutrients and vitamins
In addition to being very healthy for the male reproductive system Brazil nuts are also 18% protein and 69% fat, of which a high percentage is of healthy omega-6 fatty acids.
Brazil nuts are also a good source of vitamins and minerals including, vitamin E, magnesium and manganese.
What is Selenium?
It is a micro mineral required by the body daily (in very small amounts). Although very little selenium is required by the body, much of our diets are deficient in this key mineral.
Selenium also acts as an antioxidant when combined with vitamin E, which is one of the many vitamins naturally found in Brazil nuts.
Selenium also aids in protein synthesis and prostaglandin production (these are hormone precursors) and aids in healthy reproductive, pancreatic and thyroid function.
What is the relationship between selenium & better sex?
According to a double-blind study published in the International Journal of General Medicine in 2011, selenium and vitamin E were given to 690 infertile men and 53% total improvement in sperm motility and morphology was observed.
Interestingly, as a side note the study also reported pregnancy in 11% of the cases.
Natural Sources of Selenium:
Brazil nuts are the highest and most concentrated food sources of selenium (around 70-90 micrograms per unit).
Other natural sources of selenium include many types of seafood (Halibut, Cod, Sardines, Salmon and scallops) and lean meats including turkey and lamb.
However, none of these sources of natural selenium come close to the selenium contained in Brazil nuts.
What is the Protocol?
To ensure the necessary amount of selenium in the diet, only 1-2 Brazil nuts per day are needed.
Since Brazil nuts do not contain uniform amounts of selenium (it ranges between 70-90 micrograms per nut) a specific number of Brazil nuts can be given. It should also be noted that no more than 2 nuts per day should be consumed since selenium in large quantities can be toxic and even reduce testosterone levels.
It is also worthy to note that Brazil nuts should not be purchased in large quantities. Due to its high omega-6 fatty acid content, Brazil nuts have a tendency to become rancid quickly.