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Benefits of Brazil Nuts And Its Side Effects

Brazil nuts are a leading source of selenium, an essential for preoper health. It helps combat cancer, aids proper functioning of thyroid glands and hormones and enhances immunity. It also acts as a mood uplifter beside providing a healthy heart an digestive system.

Benefits of Brazil Nuts And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Brazil Nuts
Nutritional Value of Brazil Nuts
Health Benefits of Brazil Nuts
Anti-Inflammatory
Improve Heart Health
Brazil Nuts: anti-cancer superfood
Regulates the thyroid hormone
Maintaining cholesterol
Boosting immune system
Control zinc proportion
Brazil nuts as mood lifters
Improves Male Fertility
Stimulate Digestive System
Skeletal System and Muscle Function
Uses of Brazil Nuts
Side-Effects & Allergies of Brazil Nuts
Cultivation of Brazil Nuts

Brazil Nuts

The Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) is a South American tree in the family Lecythidaceae, and also the name of the tree's commercially harvested edible seeds. These large crescent-shaped seeds are enclosed in a dark brown shell which resembles those of nuts. Brazil nuts are high in calories and fat, and have a rich, creamy flavour and are particularly valued for their extraordinary selenium content.

Nutritional Value of Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are rich in nutrients. Besides being one of the richest dietary sources of selenium, these nuts are rich in iron, copper, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium. They are also very rich in protein and dietary fibre. The nuts are also a great source of vitamin-E; contain about 7.87 mg per 100 g. 100 g of brazil nuts provide about 656 calories and about 1917 µg, or 3485% of the recommended daily intake of selenium.These creamy nuts are also an excellent source of B complex vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, folate and pyridoxine.

Health Benefits of Brazil Nuts

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Brazil Nuts
Health Benefits of Brazil Nuts

Anti-Inflammatory

Brazil nuts contain ellagic acid which has high anti-inflammatory properties in the body and can even be neuroprotective. Another important anti-inflammatory agent in Brazil nuts is selenium, which is hugely important when combating inflammation in the body. Selenium takes part in antioxidant activity that defends against both free radical damage and inflammation.

Improve Heart Health

Brazil nuts have a high content of healthy unsaturated fats, commonly known as “good” cholesterol or omega-3 fatty acids. This includes oleic acid and palmitoleic acid. These varieties balance the cholesterol profile of the body and improve heart health by eliminating dangerous omega-6 fatty acids from the body and cardiovascular system. Brazil nuts have a good potential in balancing cholesterol levels that can help prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. The selenium, potassium, calcium and magnesium present in these nuts are helpful for maintaining a healthy blood pressure, which has a direct positive effect on heart health.

Brazil Nuts: anti-cancer superfood

The minerals and vitamins present in Brazil nuts can narrow down the risk of getting certain types of cancers such as prostate, colon, stomach, lung and breast cancers. The natural function of selenium in the human body enhances glutathione, an enzyme that fights cancer-causing free radicals. Selenium is important for women as a protective against breast cancer. The higher the selenium, the lower the rates of breast cancer. Ellagic acid is also antimutagenic and anticancer.

Regulates the thyroid hormone

Brazil nuts are highly beneficial for people with low thyroid function. Brazil nuts contain an active enzyme called “triodothyronine” which assists to produce the active thyroid hormone. There is more selenium in the tissues of the thyroid gland than all the other organs of our body.The selenium in Brazil nuts can help to keep the thyroid in proper working order and in overall good health by converting the inactive T4 (thyroid hormone) into the active T3 form.

Maintaining cholesterol

100 g of Brazil nuts provide about 656 calories. The high caloric content comes from their fats which is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) like palmitoleic acid (16:1) and oleic acid (18:1) that helps curb LDL or 'bad cholesterol' and enhance HDL or 'good cholesterol' levels in the blood. Monounsaturated fatty acids also prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by maintaing a healthy blood lipid profile.

Boosting immune system

The antioxidants and organic compounds present in Brazil nut help in developing the immunity of the body. The vitamin C content couples with selenium and zinc to stimulate the production of white blood cells and antioxidant compounds throughout the body to neutralize free radicals. All of this helps in preventing many chronic illnesses. Selenium in Brazilian nuts is highly advantageous for developing the immune system and helps wounds to heal. It contains a plethora of nutrients that boost the immune system, fighting off cold and flu. Brazil nuts also provide ample energy to carry out the day-to-day activities.

Control zinc proportion

Brazil nuts are useful for treating Acrodermatitis enteropathica, a rare inherited disorder. The disorder occurs when the body fails to absorb sufficient amounts of zinc, leading to its deficiency. Brazil nut contains high levels of zinc, which can help to combat Acrodermatitis enteropathica by fulfilling this deficiency.

Brazil nuts as mood lifters

Selenium has been scientifically proven to lift mood and prevent depression. The lower the level of selenium, more the pangs of anxiety, depression and tiredness. Serotonin, found in Brazil nuts, not only helps regulate mood, but it can also have positive effects on sleep and appetite. It also helps to quell depression and anxiety. Regular consumption of Brazil nuts may help to suppress Alzheimer’s disease.

Improves Male Fertility

Selenium is a potent health food for men because it boosts testosterone levels and improves sperm production and mobility. The antioxidants present in Brazil nuts protect the semen from free radical damage and reduce infertility.

Stimulate Digestive System

The fiber content of Brazil nuts aids the digestive system. Fiber facilitates peristaltic motion in the gastrointestinal system, moving food smoothly through the digestive system and extracting the maximum possible nutrients. This also prevents gastric ulcers, constipation, bloating, cramps, and serious conditions like colon cancer.

Skeletal System and Muscle Function

Brazil nuts contain copper, a mineral vital for the skeletal system, required for the formation of bone tissues. It also helps in the formation of the connective tissues and aids the absorption of iron into the blood stream. In addition, Brazil nuts also strengthen the bones by improving bone mineral density. It contains magnesium,required for the functioning of the muscles. It prevents the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles, impeding soreness and muscular pain. Magnesium is catalytic in nature, which helps to break down the protein into simpler amino acids. It also helps to digest and absorb protein in the body.

Uses of Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts, an excellent source of selenium, helps in weight management, healthy and shiny hair with additional hair growth. It prevents acne and inhibits aging,thus providing a healthy and glowing skin. Brazil nuts act as a wonderful natural exfoliant.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Brazil Nuts

A consequence of selenium toxicity is brittle nails and hair. Side effects of excess consumption include nausea, fatigue, diarrhea, irritability, a garlic-like breath odor, hair loss, and nail abnormalities. Other like rashes or lesions on skin,spotty colored teeth, irritability and irregularity with nervous system also occur. Brazil nuts have been found to consist high amounts of aflatoxins, which are carcinogenic and small amounts of radioactive radium because of its vast root system.

Cultivation of Brazil Nuts

The tree is native to South American countries, including Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Brazil and can often be found along the banks of major rivers. The harvest of Brazil nuts is huge. These nuts are majorly exported from the South American continent and can now be found throughout the world. They’re harvested in the wild and exclusively in the wet season of the rain forest. The seeds are harvested from the rainforests by the workers who collect the seeds when they fall from the trees.

Popular Questions & Answers

My baby has 20 months can she walked all dry fruits and nuts like pine nuts, Brazil nuts, berries, walnut, will be helpful for me please help me

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Give her mixed nuts powder with milk or milk shakes. Ask me privately for customized diet plan for you.
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I am 23 year old. I am suffering from pre ejaculation problem during masturbation please provide me solution how to increase my stamina and ejaculation time.

BHMS
Homeopath,
Do regular exercise or jogging...take high protein in ur diet,,take lots of fruits,,green veggies..walnuts,,almonds,,dates,cashew,brazil nuts...take boiled carrot..press tip of penis when ur feeling of ejaculating..and u need proper homeopathic treatment for this purpose...

What is the right quantity and correct form of including cashew nuts in the diet of a person with history of cholesterol/ hypertensive?

MBBS, Dip.Cardiology, Fellowship in Clinical Cardiology(FICC), Fellowship in Echocardiology
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad
Ill take the opportunity to educate you so I will be little lengthy, here it goes. Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet may be good for your heart. Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients. And they're a great snack food — inexpensive, easy to store and easy to pack when you're on the go. One drawback to nuts is that they're high in calories, so it's important to limit portions. But choosing nuts instead of a less healthy snack may just help you stick to a heart-healthy diet. Although a great deal of research suggests that nuts can benefit heart health and reduce the risks of dying early from heart disease and other causes, the evidence is still inconclusive. But, unless you're allergic to nuts, there's no real danger in eating nuts, so you can certainly include nuts as part of your heart-healthy diet. One way nuts may help your heart health is by lowering the low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol levels. LDL plays a major role in the development of plaque that builds up on the blood vessels. Eating more nuts has also been linked to lower levels of inflammation linked to heart disease. Eating nuts may also reduce your risk of developing blood clots that can cause a fatal heart attack. Nuts also appear to improve the health of the lining of your arteries. Besides being packed with protein, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances: Unsaturated fats. It's not entirely clear why, but it's thought that the "good" fats in nuts — both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — lower bad cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in many kinds of fish, but many nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that seem to help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks. Fiber. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber makes you feel full, so you eat less. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing type 2 diabetes. Vitamin E. Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack. Plant sterols. Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products like margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits, but sterols occur naturally in nuts. L-arginine. Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow. As much as 80 percent of a nut is fat. Even though most of this fat is healthy fat, it's still a lot of calories. That's why you should eat nuts in moderation. Ideally, you should use nuts as a substitute for saturated fats, such as those found in meats, eggs and dairy products. Instead of eating foods with unhealthy saturated fats, try substituting a handful of nuts or a tablespoon or two of a nut spread. The American Heart Association recommends eating about four servings of unsalted nuts a week. Select raw or dry-roasted nuts rather than those cooked in oil. A serving is a small handful (1.5 ounces) of whole nuts or 2 tablespoons of nut butter. But again, do this as part of a heart-healthy diet. Just eating nuts and not cutting back on saturated fats found in many dairy and meat products won't do your heart any good. The type of nuts you choose to eat probably doesn't matter much. Most nuts appear to be generally healthy, though some may have more heart-healthy nutrients than others. For example, walnuts contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans are other nuts that appear to be quite heart healthy. And peanuts — which are technically not a nut, but a legume, like beans — seem to be relatively healthy. Keep in mind, you could end up canceling out the heart-healthy benefits of nuts if they're covered with chocolate, sugar or salt. Here's some nutrition information on common types of nuts. All calorie and fat content measurements are for 1 ounce, or 28.4 grams (g), of unsalted nuts. Type of nutCaloriesTotal fat Almonds, dry-roasted17014.9 g Almonds, raw16414.2 g Brazil nuts, raw18719 g Cashews, dry-roasted16313.1 g Chestnuts, roasted690.6 g Hazelnuts (filberts), dry-roasted18317.7 g Hazelnuts (filberts), raw17817.2 g Macadamia nuts, dry-roasted20421.6 g Macadamia nuts, raw20421.5 g Peanuts, dry-roasted16614.1 g Pecans, dry-roasted20121.1 g Pistachios, dry-roasted16213 g Walnuts, halved18518.5 g Nut oils are also a good source of healthy nutrients, but they lack the fiber found in whole nuts. Walnut oil is the highest in omega-3s. Consider using nut oils in homemade salad dressing or in cooking. When cooking with nut oils, remember that they respond differently to heat than do vegetable oils. Nut oil, if overheated, can become bitter. Just like with nuts, use nut oil in moderation, as the oils are high in fat and calories.

I.have a thyroid in very low position it is o.o3. and I lose my weight also have dry skin .please suggest me tablet for it .or any other suggestion.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
Hi. Hypothyroidism can control with diet and medicines. Pl. Eat iodized rich foods i.e. Sea foods/ salt water fish/sushi/ nori rolls/celtic sea salt. Selenium rish foods i.e. Meat /chicken/ salmon/ whole unrefined grains/ brazil nuts / dairy products / garlic / onion. Avoid foods i.e. Turnip/ kale/ cassava/ peanuts/ cauliflower/ rutabagas/ coffee/ spinach / soyabean products/ foods with gluten/ mustard green/ mustard. You can also consult us. And also take package for thyroid.
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Suffering fro serious thyroid, help me the diet chart, fro the same & various measures to be taken for the same.

BHMS
Homeopath,
Actually thyroid patient dont need much changes in diet..jst avoid taking cabbage and food having calcium..normal diet..if u gaining weight then take less amount of food than before..take less fat in food....take lots of fruits...

Popular Health Tips

Body Inflammation (Soojna) - 7 Foods That Can Help Reduce It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), C.R.A.V
Ayurveda, Delhi
Body Inflammation (Soojna) - 7 Foods That Can Help Reduce It!

Inflammation or soojan in the body can make it difficult for you to follow your daily routine. According to Ayurveda, this is caused by an imbalance of the pitta dosha. As the pitta dosha increases, the heat in the body also increases leading to inflammation and other issues. To reduce the pitta dosha, one must consume foods that are not hot or warm in nature and increase the consumption of foods that have a cooling effect.

7 amazing foods that can really help:

  1. Turmeric: Turmeric contains an important anti-inflammatory compound known as curcumin. This can help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, arteriosclerosis, asthma, and cancer. It also reduces the effects of inflammatory oxidants such as nitric oxide. Turmeric can be used to flavor foods or steeped into a tea.
  2. Flax: Nuts such as flax and pumpkin seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. They also help cool the body. Some other nuts and seeds that you could include in your diet are almonds that have been soaked in water overnight and peeled, sunflower seeds, coconut and popcorn without salt. Avoid nuts such as brazilian nuts, chia seeds, cashew nuts, walnuts and sesame seeds as they can increase body temperature.
  3. Garlic: Garlic is a wonder food that is very important in a pitta pacifying diet. Along with other nutrients, garlic contains allicin that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming garlic on a regular basis can also help protect a person against heart diseases by reducing inflammation in the veins and arteries.
  4. Ginger: According to Ayurveda, ginger is considered as an universal medicine. This herb has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation. It also aids in digestion and promotes healthy blood circulation. The best way to consume ginger to fight inflammation is to steep it in a tea.
  5. Whole grains: To reduce the pitta dosha, you should include plenty of dry, sweet whole grains in your diet. This includes barley, oats, quinoa, wheat and rice. These foods are good sources of fiber and proteins. They also have a low glycemic index and help maintain body temperature.
  6. Leafy vegetables: Vegetables that reduce the pitta dosha are usually sweet and astringent. These vegetables are best eaten raw at mid-day when the digestive system is functioning at its peak. Lettuce, kale, leeks, collard greens and wheat grass are some of the vegetables that you must include in your diet. On the other hand, avoid spicy vegetables like green chillies, onions, and radishes.
  7. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain lycopene that helps reduce inflammation in the lungs. This vegetable can be consumed raw or juiced but when cooked, the lycopene amount increases. However, avoid raw tomatoes as they can irritate the digestive system.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hypothyroidism - 8 Tips To Manage It!

DNB (General Medicine), MBBS
General Physician, Mohali
Hypothyroidism - 8 Tips To Manage It!

If you are suffering from hypothyroidism, it is important for you to deal with the condition so that your daily life and activities do not get affected. Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland becomes under active and does not produces sufficient amount of hormones. This affects the metabolism rate of your body. Hypothyroidism has several symptoms which include fatigue, constipation, dry skin, muscle cramping, hoarse voice, depression, sudden gain of weight and brittle hair and fingernails.

Here are some important tips which you should follow in order to deal with hypothyroidism and for its treatment:

  1. Go Gluten and A1 Casein free: Common allergies and food intolerance, which occur today are because of wheat and dairy products because of the hybridized proteins of A1 casein and gluten. These may lead to a leaky gut, as a result of which inflammation of the thyroid gland takes place. This affects the thyroid’s functioning. You should avoid grain and gluten in your diet. Try to consume dairy products coming from A2 cow’s milk.
  2. Avoid BPA: Bisphenol A or BPA is present in plastic bottles. These are capable of disrupting the endocrine system and also affect the thyroid gland. You should avoid drinking from plastic bottles and drink water from glass, stainless steel and plastic bottles which are BPA free.
  3. Check your iodine levels: In case your iodine levels are low, you should use an organic liquid supplement. Kelp is ideal for this purpose.
  4. Heavy metal detox: You need to detoxify your body and eliminate traces of harmful metals from your organs and cells. For this, you may use a combination of milk, turmeric, chlorella, cilantro and thistle, which are ideal for a metal detox.
  5. Increase your selenium intake: It is important for you to consume sufficient amounts of selenium in your everyday diet, but you should not consume them in excess. You should eat food items containing selenium in good amount such as salmon, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, mushrooms, onions and beef.
  6. Take adaptogen supplements: You should lower your cortisol levels and improve thyroid functioning by taking supplements such as tulsi and ashwaganda.
  7. Remove silver fillingsIf you have amalgam fillings, you should consult a dentist and get the fillings removed.
  8. Lower your carbohydrate intake: You also need to reduce the amount of sugar and grains in your regular diet. Instead, take healthy fats. Consuming too much carbohydrates leads to increased estrogen, which affects thyroid negatively. Choose healthy fats like coconut oils, avocado, wild salmon, hemp seeds and flax seeds. These will help in balancing your hormone levels.

Hypothyroidism usually occurs from common causes such as toxicity due to radiation and metal exposure, deficiency of iodine and selenium, food intolerance and hormonal imbalance due to stress and excess carbohydrates.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How To Increase Your Libido?

Diploma in Paediatrics, MBBS
Sexologist, Dehradun
How To Increase Your Libido?

What Is Libido? Why Does It Disappear Among Some of Us?

  • Libido is defined as a person’s overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity. Low libido in women and low libido in men have some similar roots, along with some gender-specific ones as well.
  • For men, it’s actually quite normal to have a gradual decrease in libido as a man gets older. Each man is different, but most men tend to have some amount of sexual desire into their 60s and 70s. If aging isn’t at the root of libido decrease, a man may be depressed or experiencing too much stress. Other possible causes of  low sex drive men are a medication side effect, a decrease in male sex hormones due to an endocrine disorder or sleep apnea. A little-known fact is how sleep apnea can lead to an unusually low testosterone level.
  • Low testosterone can also cause erectile dysfunction (ED), a condition in which a man can’t get or maintain an erection. While both issues may involve low testosterone, ED and low libido do not necessarily equate or even happen at the same time. Men who have a hard time getting or maintaining an erection usually have a normal or even high sex drive.
  • When it comes to a low sex drive in women, there can be many causes. According to sex psychologist Sheryl Kingsberg, Ph.D, “Women’s sexuality tends to be multifaceted and fairly complicated.”
  • Common causes of a loss of sexual desire or low libido in women include issues in your relationship with your sexual partner, sociocultural influences (job stress, media images of sexuality, etc. ) and medical conditions (like fibroidsendometriosis and thyroid problems).
  • Low testosterone doesn’t just cause sexual issues for men. Women can also experience low testosterone. Female testosterone levels peak in the mid-20s and then steadily decrease until a woman goes through menopause. After menopause, female testosterone levels drop dramatically, and sex drive can drop dramatically as well. Birth control pills and other forms of hormonal pregnancy prevention can also have negative effects on a woman’s desire for sexual activity.
  • When it comes to how to increase your libido, there are two key biological chemicals that may affect your level of sexual desire whether you’re a man or woman. I’m talking about dopamine and prolactin. It’s theorized that dopamine increases desire while prolactin decreases it. If you take any medications, it’s important to know that some can increase prolactin release or inhibit dopamine release. Either of these two scenarios can decrease sexual desire and also cause other sexual side effects.
  • In men, low prolactin has been linked with multiple signs of poor sexual health and psychological health. Low prolactin levels are also associated with a larger body mass index (BMI), high blood sugar levels, lower levels of physical activity and just generally feeling unhealthier.
  • Relationship issues, depression, prescription medications, alcoholism, drug abuse and/or chronic diseases like diabetes can all be at the root of low sex drive for both sexes. A BMI that’s too high can also cause problems for both men and women when it comes to libido. Obese men tend to struggle with erectile difficulty, but studies have shown that losing only a small percent of weight can improve both male and female sexual function. A study conducted at Duke University reports that obese people are 25 times more likely to report sexual problems.

How to Increase Libido Through Diet

Let’s talk about how to increase libido through your diet, which includes what you should eat more of and what you should avoid or reduce significantly.

Foods That Help

  • Natural Aphrodisiacs — Figs, bananas and avocados are natural aphrodisiacs loaded with vitamins and minerals that can encourage more blood flow to the genitals and naturally increase sex drive. 
  • Vitamin C foods — Vitamin C improves blood circulation to the organs so it’s important to make sure you consume foods rich in vitamin C on a daily basis. Vitamin C has also specifically been linked with a healthier female libido. Some great choices include broccoli, oranges, red peppers and guava.
  • Iron-rich foods — For women in particular, low iron levels can have a negative affect on sexual desire, arousal, lubrication and ability to have an orgasm. Great sources of iron include dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, along with grass-fed beef.
  • Collagen-rich foods — Collagen production naturally declines with age. This has a direct negative effect on skin health and makes it harder to keep skin firm. This phenomenon can make it harder for men to maintain an erection, and it can lead to a looser vaginal wall in women. To increase your collagen levels, you can consume more bone broths and opt for a collagen supplement powder. Vitamin C also helps to increase collagen production.
  • Sweet potatoes — Sweet potatoes or yams are loaded with potassium and vitamin A. The potassium can help with high blood pressure, which makes a man more likely to have erectile dysfunction. 
  • Watermelon — In 2008, research conducted at Texas A&M demonstrated that watermelon may have a Viagra effect. The phytonutrients known as lycopene, beta-carotene and citrulline found in watermelon help relax blood vessels. While watermelon might not be as organ-specific as Viagra, it can be helpful in the bedroom without any negative side effects when you naturally want to improve libido.
  • Spices like nutmeg and clove — Spices are loaded with antioxidants, which is great for overall health, including libido. Research published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine specifically found that extracts of nutmeg and clove enhanced the sexual behavior of male animal subjects. Clove is also great at improving bad breath.
  • Dark chocolate — Research has shown that chocolate consumption leads to the release of phenylethylamine and serotonin, leading to some aphrodisiac and mood-lifting effects. Just make sure you choose a low-sugar, high-quality dark chocolate.
  • Brazil nuts — These nuts are high in selenium, which plays a role in maintaining healthy testosterone levels.
  • Almonds — Rich in zinc, selenium and vitamin E, almonds contain vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that can improve sexual health and reproduction.
  • Water — Making sure you’re not dehydrated is helpful when it comes to your libido since dehydration can cause a number of negative side effects that can easily dull sexual desire. If you want to avoid possible fatigueheadaches and vaginal dryness then drink up.
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10 Effective Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During Navaratri Fasting!

PG Diploma in Nutrition & Diabeties, M.Sc.in Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ghaziabad
10 Effective Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During Navaratri Fasting!

Navaratri is just around the corner, and it will culminate into Dussehra. Each of the nine days of the festival is dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.

It is a time of fasting, and it is considered to be the best time to cleanse the body and make the body stronger. Most people who undergo fasting do not consume pulse, grain, and meat during this period which would make the body devoid of essential nutrients. It is important to make the most of this time, it’s also important to stay healthy and maintain a diet that helps you get through the coming 9 days of continuous fasting. Hence, here is an insight into how to carry on with the fasting and enjoy the festive spirit healthily.

Tips To Fasting In A Healthy Way!

  1. It is always better to eat small meals instead of complete starvation. This will help in maintaining the proper amount of blood glucose level and ensure that one does not get tired easily.
  2. Unless you are on a 'nirjal vrat' (fast where you don't even have water), keep yourself hydrated. It is always good to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water. Other liquids like coconut water, buttermilk, green tea and lemon water are healthy additions.
  3. As the body is devoid of any regular source of protein during this time, the diet can comprise Amaranth, which is an excellent source of protein. Amaranth porridge with milk or daliya with lots of vegetables can just fuel up the body for the whole day.
  4. High carbohydrate foods like potatoes and sabudana should be combined with fibrous vegetables like cabbage, tomatoes, capsicum, bottle gourd, etc.
  5. The vegetables should be roasted, grilled or baked instead of deep-frying them.
  6. To make up for the deficiency of carbohydrates and protein, you can also make chapattis or pooris with the help of Kuttu. Samak rice is also very good for the digestive system during this time. It should be accompanied with lots of vegetables.
  7. The craving for sweet can be met by fruits, apple kheer, Samak rice kheer, and raita. One should not go for food which is deep-fried or those easily available packets of salted snacks. This is because they are high in salt and fat content. Almonds, raisins or walnuts can be taken in.
  8. Refined sugar should never be used and should be substituted with healthy alternatives like jaggery or honey.
  9. During this time, if a heavy lunch is taken, the dinner should be kept light.
  10. While cooking food, rock salt or sendha namak should be the only salt which is used. It helps in keeping the blood pressure levels in control and also helps in better absorption of minerals.

Fasting is an age-old phenomenon, practiced for ages for religious purposes aimed at improving good health if done right. Embrace the joy of festival with the best of fasting recipes. From old favorurites to new ones, indulge in a lot more than just a usual fare-

#Recipe1: Banana Walnut Lassi Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat yoghurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3-4 walnuts (or include Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and pine nuts)
  • 1 tsp seeds (mix of flax seeds and sesame seeds)
  • 1-2 tsp honey

Method-

  1. Step-I In a food processor, pour yoghurt, whey powder, flax seed, sesame seeds, walnuts, honey and bananas.
  2. Step-II Blend it well till smooth and creamy.
  3. Step-III Transfer into a glass and garnish with chopped walnuts before serving.

#Recipe2: Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sabudana (sago)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (roasted)
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp zeera (cumin seeds)
  • 3-4 sabut lal Mirch (whole dried red pepper)
  • 1 sprig kadhi patta (curry leaves)
  • 2 tsp or to taste sendha Namak (white rock salt)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp hara dhania (coriander leaves)
  • 1 tsp green chillies, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Method-

  1. Step-I Soak Sabudana in water for about an hour.
  2. Step-II Drain, then spread over a thick cloth for about 1hour. It is important for the water to drain out very well and there should be no moisture.
  3. Step-III In a bowl, mix sabudana, peanuts, sendha namak or rock salt, and chilli powder very well, so that it is coated well with this mixture.
  4. Step-IV Heat the ghee and add zeera, lal mirch and kadhi patta.
  5. Step-V When mirch darkens a bit, add sabudana mixture and turn around over low heat till cooked through.
  6. Step-VI Take it off the heat, add the lemon juice and mix well.
  7. Step-VII Serve garnished with the coriander leaves and green chillies.

#Recipe3: Sabudana Bhel Recipe
Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup sabudana 
  • 1 medium-sized potato (boiled and peeled)
  • 1 pinch red chili powder 
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts 
  • 1 tablespoon cashews
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • few drops of lemon juice or as required
  • rock salt or sendha namak as required

Method-

  1. Step-I Soak the sabudana in enough water overnight or for 4-5 hours.
  2. Step-II In a pan, dry roast the peanuts till they are browned and crisp. Remove and keep aside.
  3. Step-III In the same pan, roast the cashews till golden. Remove and keep aside.
  4. Step-IV Heat 2 tsp of oil in the same pan. Add the sabudana and continue to stir while sauting them.
  5. Step-V Stir and cook till the sabudana pearls become transparent, softened and completely cooked.
  6. Step-VI Mix the mashed boiled potatoes, peanuts, cashews, coriander leaves, lemon juice, rock salt, red chili powder.
  7. Step-VII Garnish with a few coriander leaves and serve the sabudana bhel in bowls.

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

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Reasons To Eat Walnuts Daily

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai


Walnuts belong to the tree nut family, along with brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, and pistachios. Each has its own unique nutritional profile.

One-quarter cup of walnuts, for instance, provides more than 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin. Some of the most exciting research about walnuts includes:

1. Cancer-fighting properties

Walnuts may help reduce not only the risk of prostate cancer, but breast cancer as well. In one study, mice that ate the human equivalent of 2.4 ounces of whole walnuts for 18 weeks had significantly smaller and slower-growing prostate tumors compared to the control group that consumed the same amount of fat but from other sources.

Overall the whole walnut diet reduced prostate cancer growth by 30 to 40 percent. According to another study on mice, the human equivalent of just two handfuls of walnuts a day cut breast cancer risk in half, and slowed tumor growth by 50 percent as well. 1

2. Heart health

Walnuts contain the amino acid l-arginine, which offers multiple vascular benefits to people with heart disease, or those who have increased risk for heart disease due to multiple cardiac risk factors.

If you struggle with herpes, you may want to avoid or limit walnuts, as high levels of arginine can deplete the amino acid lysine, which can trigger herpes recurrences.

Walnuts also contain the plant-based omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid (ala), which is anti-inflammatory and may prevent the formation of pathological blood clots. Research shows that people who eat a diet high in ala are less likely to have a fatal heart attack and have a nearly 50 percent lower risk of sudden cardiac death. 2

Eating just four walnuts a day has been shown to significantly raise blood levels of heart-healthy ala, 3 and walnut consumption supports healthful cholesterol levels.

Separate research showed that eating just one ounce of walnuts a day may decrease cardiovascular risk, 4 and among those at high cardiovascular risk, increased frequency of nut consumption significantly lowers the risk of death. 5

3. Rare and powerful antioxidants

Antioxidants are crucial to your health, as they are believed to help control how fast you age by combating free radicals, which are at the heart of age-related deterioration.

Walnuts contain several unique and powerful antioxidants that are available in only a few commonly eaten foods. This includes the quinone juglone, the tannin tellimagrandin, and the flavonol morin. 6

Walnuts contain antioxidants that are so powerful at free-radical scavenging that researchers called them" remarkable" 7 and research has shown that walnut polyphenols may help prevent chemically-induced liver damage. 8

In another study, researchers found that nuts, especially walnuts, have potent antioxidant powers. Walnut polyphenols had the best efficacy among the nuts tested and also the highest lipoprotein-bound antioxidant activity. The researchers concluded: 9

" nuts are high in polyphenol antioxidants which by binding to lipoproteins would inhibit oxidative processes that lead to atherosclerosis in vivo. In human supplementation studies nuts have been shown to improve the lipid profile, increase endothelial function and reduce inflammation, all without causing weight gain"

4. Weight control

Adding healthful amounts of nuts such as walnuts to your diet can help you to maintain your ideal weight over time. In one review of 31 trials, those whose diets included extra nuts or nuts substituted for other foods lost about 1.4 extra pounds and half an inch from their waists. 10 eating walnuts is also associated with increased satiety after just three days. 11

5. Improved reproductive health in men

One of the lesser-known benefits of walnuts is their impact on male fertility. Among men who consume a western-style diet, adding 75 grams (a bit over one-half cup) of walnuts daily significantly improved sperm quality, including vitality, motility, and morphology. 12

6. Brain health

Walnuts contain a number of neuroprotective compounds, including vitamin e, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants. Research shows walnut consumption may support brain health, including increasing inferential reasoning in young adults. 13

One study also found that consuming high-antioxidant foods like walnuts" can decrease the enhanced vulnerability to oxidative stress that occurs in aging" increase health span" and also" enhance cognitive and motor function in aging" 14

7. Diabetes

The beneficial dietary fat in walnuts has been shown to improve metabolic parameters in people with type 2 diabetes. Overweight adults with type 2 diabetes who ate one-quarter cup of walnuts daily had significant reductions in fasting insulin levels compared to those who did not, and the benefit was achieved in the first three months. 15.

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Table of Content

Brazil Nuts
Nutritional Value of Brazil Nuts
Health Benefits of Brazil Nuts
Anti-Inflammatory
Improve Heart Health
Brazil Nuts: anti-cancer superfood
Regulates the thyroid hormone
Maintaining cholesterol
Boosting immune system
Control zinc proportion
Brazil nuts as mood lifters
Improves Male Fertility
Stimulate Digestive System
Skeletal System and Muscle Function
Uses of Brazil Nuts
Side-Effects & Allergies of Brazil Nuts
Cultivation of Brazil Nuts