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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 testosterone level is low I am just 20 what should I do to increase and what medicines should I take.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- No need to go for medications as you are still on your twenties, you can do it just by exercise and making changes in your diet. Get some nuts. Incorporating a handful or two of walnuts or almonds into your daily diet is a great, easy way to increase testosterone levels. Also try branching out to brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts and other nuts high in monounsaturated fats, as men who regularly consume these fats have higher testosterone levels than men who don't. Seeds, such as sunflower and sesame seeds, also provide high levels of monounsaturated fats, in addition to protein, vitamin E and zinc, all of which boost testosterone. For the healthiest option, go for the unflavored, unsalted versions of nuts and seeds.

Omega-3- fatty acid tablets should be taken or not for increasing HDL cholesterol? Please advise

MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Kendujhar
Hello, Thanks for your query on Lybrate "As"per your clinical history is concerned you can take [omega 3 fatty acid] tablets to increasing HDL cholesterol. Besides it you can take few natural products like this - 1)Extra-virgin olive oil 2)Beans and legumes 3)Whole grains, including bran, cereals, and brown or wild rice 4)Fruits with a lot of fiber, such as prunes, apples, and pears 5)Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, albacore tuna, sardines, and rainbow trout. 6)Ground flaxseeds and flaxseed oil 7)Nuts, including Brazil nuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts 8)Chia seeds 9)Avocados 10)Soy-based products 11)Red wine one glass per day if your triglyceride level is normal. Hope that helps
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I am married for 2.5 yrs. 33 yrs, 5 ft 7 in, 78 kg. I am little over weight trying to reduce weight. My wife got pregnant 4th month after marriage and we had to abort after 68 days. The foods didn't have heartbeat hence the doctor advised so. My wife 25 yrs, 5 ft 5 in, 80 kg. She's also a overweight person. We are undergoing treatment now. I had ED issue earlier n got treated. My wife blood test shows her AMH is 0.7, no thyroid issue. Follicles good size. No PCOD or PCOS. My sperm count is 64.4 million. My questions are. 1. How does AMH affects or play's a major role in infertility? 2. Can we increase it? If so how? 3. Is the sperm count OK? What should I do to increase it? 4. My sperm motility rate is 79% out of which progressive motility is 49% (taken at Dec 2016). What food or tablets can I take to increase them? 5. Too much stress on this issue makes me again have issue with ED. What tablets can I take for prolonged erection.

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, here is the answer to all your questions: 1. We determine a woman’s level of fertility based on her medical history, age, basal antral follicle count, day 3 follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) level. Collectively these factors give us a complete picture of a woman’s reproductive health; however, AMH testing is the most recent ovarian reserve test and generally considered to be the most reliable. AMH levels are measured by a simple blood test. Because AMH tests measure the protein as it secretes in to ovaries, it is not affected by estrogen and other hormones, and can therefore be tested at any point in the menstrual cycle and even in patients on birth control pills levels. Healthy women under 38 years old typically have AMH levels of 2.0 - 7.0 ng/ml. 2. There are alternative medicine options you can try to improve your ovarian reserve: / Yoga / Acupuncture / DHEA, 25 mg thrice a day. / Vit D3 (Calcipherol), 60000 IU, once a week for 10 weeks 3. Yes, your sperm count is normal. 4. Improving sperm motility through diet can be easy if you exactly know which food are rich of the following important nutrients: / Zinc: Eat foods rich in zinc like seafood, organic liver and lean cuts of red meat, plus nuts and grains. Zinc is a potent antioxidant mineral that aids in sperm quality and motility and is a very important asset in the production of testosterone. / Selenium - Eat foods rich in selenium like organic eggs, brewer's yeast, brazil nuts, garlic and seafood. Selenium is essential in sperm formation and development. Scientific studies have shown how high selenium in the diet is directly related to improved sperm motility because selenium is an mineral antioxidant that is naturally present in the spermatic fluids to protect sperm. It concentrates in the testicles and is lost through seminal fluid through ejaculation. / L-Carnitine - Eat foods rich in L-carnitine like lean cuts of meat, dairy products, artichokes, beet greens, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, and garlic. L-carnitine is present in seminal fluid and is directly related to sperm count and motility. / Maca - Eat Maca root as a supplement. Maca supports healthy hormonal levels and increases male fertility and sex performance. / Coenzyme Q10 (Ubuquinone) - Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant important in mitochondrial performance and found in seminal fluid and seminal plasma. CoQ10 has been found to improve sperm count and motility on asthenozoospermia. / N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) - NAC reduces oxidative stress caused by free radicals preventing the damaging effects on sperm health. NAC treatment is so effective in improving sperm motility because it increases serum antioxidant capacity and decreased oxidative stress. 5. Here are a few non medicinal ways for ED: / Eat Lots of Carbs: To have a massive erection for a long time, your body needs good amount of nutrients. Loading your body with carbohydrates is one of the best ways to have sex multiple times with your partner. Thus, choose foods which are rich in carbohydrates like pasta and bread. / Zinc is also essential: Consumption of foods rich in zinc will help to produce testosterone, seminal fluid and sperm, which is vital to have a strong and long erection. The best zinc sources are seafood, peas and beans. / Avoid fatty foods: If you want to make your partner go insane, then stay off fatty meals before sex. Fatty foods and excess fat consumption will lower the testosterone level in the body, which will further decrease your libido, and make erection and ejaculation difficult to occur. / Start with foreplay: Most men fail to understand the importance of foreplay. Spending sufficient amount of time with foreplay helps to warm your little shooter before intercourse. Thus, always spend some time in foreplay before thinking about penetration. / Do some exercise: Men who are active tend to have better sex life, because it helps to increase your sex drive, sexual potency, reduces stress and enhances testosterone production in the body. To have a better erection, you can also try penis workout like the famous kegel exercise. / Avoid tight undergarments: If you love tight outfits, then throw them away for the love of good sex life. Wearing tight underwear or tight garments can reduce the blood flow towards the penile tissues, which can hamper your erection. Thus, choose loose or airy undergarments always. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
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Can you tell me how to get strong sperm. Give me suggestion for healthy food to make strong sperm.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- Eggs, turkey, oysters, seafood, pumpkin seeds, beef, oats, lamb, yoghurt, nuts and barley are very good for sperm health. Selenium is also thought to be beneficial to sperm motility and health. You can get it by eating Brazil nuts, red meat, cottage cheese, poultry and eggs.
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My granddaughter has got tests done for thyroid. The results show T3 total =1.19 T4 Total =6.00 TSH =8.25 (higher than the reference) All other blood tests are normal she is 19+ (years) has added about 10 kg in one year.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
Hi, Good Foods For Hypothyroidism Foods that are rich in iodine are highly recommended in the struggle to ward off hypothyroidism. Below is a categorized list of good food sources. Iodine-Rich Foods For Hypothyroidism •Iodized Salt •Seaweeds and Seafoods •Salt Water Fish •Sushi •Nori Rolls •Celtic Sea Salt Selenium-Rich Foods For Hypothyroidism •Meat •Chicken •Salmon •Tuna •Whole Unrefined Grains •Brazil Nuts •Dairy Products •Garlic •Onions Iodine For Hypothyroidism The thyroid gland needs iodine, therefore if you have an underactive thyroid gland you should increase the iodine intake in your diet. A well-balanced diet that includes iodine can help in alleviating the symptoms that you encounter with your condition. With the simplest intake of the foods mentioned above, you can greatly assist your thyroid in keeping up with your body's metabolism. Foods To Avoid For Hypothyroidism These foods must be avoided in order to prevent recurrence of hypothyroidism symptoms. Avoiding them will also prevent aggravating the already aggravated thyroid glands. Here is a list of foods to be avoided: •Cassava •Linseed •Kohlrabi •Peanuts •Kale •Turnips •Mustard Greens •Mustard •Millet •Cauliflower •Rutabagas •Peaches •Coffee •Spinach Goitrogenic Foods To Avoid For Hypothyroidism The food items listed below can impede your body's ability to absorb iodine. And when your body can't absorb iodine, your thyroid gland will swell and you will eventually develop goiter. Some of the food listed above can also be goitrogenic. P.T.O •Bamboo shoots •Soybeans and related products •Canola Oil •Horseradish •Bok Choy •Foods with Gluten •Garden Kres •Tempeh •Babassu •Sweet Potato Goitrogenic Chemicals These chemicals, when ingested through processed food or medications can cause goiter: •Amiodarone •Lithium •Oxazolidines •Iopanoic acid •Minocycline (MN) •Propylthiouracil •Thioureylene •Sulfadimethoxine •Carbamazepine •Phenobarbitone as per Lybrate policy you have to paid consultation for prescription or visit clinic (1).
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Popular Health Tips

Health Benefits of Brazil nuts

Net Qualified In Community Health And Social Medicine, M.Sc - Dietetics and Community Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Durgapur
Health Benefits of Brazil nuts
  1. Aids in digestion.
  2. Helps in treating acne.
  3. Beneficial in weight loss.
  4. Boost immune system and overall health.
  5. Helps in proper functioning of thyroid glands.
  6. Helps to prevent atherosclerosis and heart attack.
  7. Helps in cellular growth, repair and wound healing.
  8. Helps to prevent constipation, bloating and colon cancer.

Eat These 5 Foods And You Will Never Need Botox!

Master of Science (Diabetics & Food Services Management)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Eat These 5 Foods And You Will Never Need Botox!

What you eat has a direct effect on your skin; eat healthy and your skin looks healthy, eat unhealthy food and your skin looks dull. Eating right can even fight signs of aging thus, negating the need for procedures like Botox. Not only does it cost less, but healthy food boosts your overall health as well.

Here are 6 such foods that can help you fight signs of aging and give you a flawless complexion.

  1. Turmeric: Turmeric is well known for its yellow colour and anti-inflammatory properties. Many home remedies suggest the use of turmeric for a number of health ailments including skin conditions. Turmeric can fight signs of aging by reducing inflammation and oxidation. This, in turn, helps the skin heal faster. This spice can be added to your food or mixed with warm milk to benefit from it.

  2. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich sources of vitamin C and lycopene. Vitamin C helps stimulate the production of collagen and hence keeps the skin firm while lycopene protects the skin against harmful UV radiation. As a general rule of thumb, the deeper red the tomato is, the better it is.

  3. Berries: Berries such as blueberries and raspberries are excellent sources of Vitamin E and antioxidants that fight against the effects of pollution and rids the body of free radicals and other toxins that cause premature aging. These berries also have anthocyanins that boost the effects of vitamin C

  4. Honey: Honey can be eaten or applied topically on the skin to benefit from it. Honey helps keep the body hydrated by absorbing moisture and preventing the skin from drying out. It also has antibacterial properties that prevent acne and other breakouts. Ideally, honey should be used and consumed in its raw, unprocessed form.

  5. Nuts: Nuts are a great snack that keeps your skin looking young and fresh. Almonds are excellent sources of vitamin E that help fight acne, psoriasis and eczema among other skin ailments. Walnuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that keep the skin soft and supple. Brazil nuts are also rich sources of vitamin E. However, keep in mind the high calorific value of these nuts and do not overindulge in them.

Avocados: Avocados are filled with essential fatty acids that moisturize and nourish skin. They are also rich in Vitamin B, C and E. While vitamin C boosts collagen production, vitamin E maintains the elasticity of skin and prevents sagging. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Homeopathy And Dandruff

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Homeopathy And Dandruff

HOMOEOPATHY WORKS BEST FOR DANDRUFF 

DANDRUFF [DANDRUFF]


Dry white flakes of skin, on your scalp is known as dandruff.
• It is not a health risk, but is a source of embarrassment.
• Some people have the wrong notion that it is because of bad hygiene or washing the hair often - this is a false belief. It is just that people having dandruff shed more skin then others.
• However some dermatologists suggest that is caused by a yeast fungus that is believed to breed in a combination of sebaceous oil and dead skin cells.
 

CAUSES: • A family history of dandruff.
• Excessive sweating of the scalp.
• Excessive mental and physical stress.
• Use of alkaline soaps.
• Cold dry winter season.
Psoriasis of scalp.
• Seborrhoeic dermatitis.
• Improper carbohydrate and sugar consumption.
• Nutrient deficiencies – B-complex, essential fatty acids, selenium.
 

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:

• Flakes of skin which may be small and white or large greasy and yellow.
• Itching on scalp, eyebrows, nose or ears.
• It can be worse in winters.
 

DIETARY MANAGEMENT: Avoid:
• Avoid fatty and oily food.
• Avoid dairy products (except yoghurt) – cheese, cottage cheese and seafood.
• Avoid sugar, white flour and chocolate
• Avoid excess alcohol.
• Avoid stress.
• Even though dandruff is dry flaking skin do not normally apply excessive oil as it may provide an environment for yeast to breed.


  DO:

• Add one tea spoon of vinegar to the rinsing water after washing your hair.
• Before washing your hair, apply a mixture of 8 table spoon of pure organic peanut oil and 2 table spoon lemon juice and massage into the scalp. Leave it for 10-15 minutes then shampoo.
• You can replace oil with coconut milk or coconut water; leave it over night and shampoo.
• Wash hair with natural, herbal ingredients rather than chemical – take mixture of amla (Indian goose berri) powder, aritha (sapindus Laurifotius) powder and shikakai (Acacia Concinna) powder, soak it in water over night and wash hair with the mixture.
• Practice yoga, helps in relieving stress and will increase blood circulation.
• Natural live yoghurt is recommended as a natural conditioner.
• Avoid harsh hair dyes and hair creams.
• Softly massage your scalp when you shampoo or oil. This will help blood circulation and prevent skin from drying and cracking.

  CONSUME:

• Drink plenty of water.
• Eat large percentage of your diet as raw fruits and vegetables.
• Consume (3-4) nuts and seeds daily.
• Consume linseed oil – 2 table spoon.
• Consumption of Aloe vera juice is also helpful.
• Consume Kelp and Japanese sea plants frequently as they supply many minerals like iodine which are better for hair growth and healing of the scalp.
• Increase intake of zinc in diet:
– Shellfish, beef and other red meats, eggs and seafood, milk and milk products, nuts, sea plants especially Japanese sea.
• Consume diet rich in antioxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
• Increase intake of foods that contain PUFA's (poly unsaturated fatty acids): flax / linseed oil is the richest source of PUFA's. Other oils that contain PUFA's are safflower oil, soybean oil, maize oil, sesame oil, olive oil. As all oils are high in fats, its consumption should be limited. The intake of oils should not exceed 20gms a day.
• Sesame oil and almond oil hinders the absorption of LDL (low-density lipoproteins), so it is advisable to use replace other cooking oils by sesame oil.
• Consume lots of Selenium:
– Fish, shellfish, eggs, red meat, chicken, liver, grains, Brazil nuts, garlic, wheat germ and brewer's yeast.
• Consume lots of Vitamin B complex:
– Liver, kidney, pancreas, yeast (Brewer's yeast), lean meat especially pork, fish, dairy products, poultry, egg, shrimps, crabs and lobsters,.
– Milk and milk products, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grain cereals.
– Carrots, bananas, avocado, raspberries, artichoke, cauliflower, soy flour, barley, cereals, pasta, whole grains, wheat barn like rice and wheat germ, dried beans, peas and soybeans.

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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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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