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Nutritious Nuts and Superfood Seeds to Enhance Your Body and Mind like Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds and Black Walnuts.

Brazil Nuts for Selenium, Testosterone and Immunity

Brazil Nuts pros consBrazil nuts are an unusually powerful superfood. As the richest known natural source of selenium, they have many benefits, but also need to be eaten with caution as having too many can have side effects.

Here’s how to use these potent and nutritious nuts for selenium and why they are superior to the kind of selenium found in standard multivitamins.

Also ahead is how many to eat a day and why Brazil nuts can increase your testosterone levels naturally — good news for both men and women.

2020 Update: Brazil Nuts and Selenium for Immunity

Maintaining a healthy immune system has become more important than ever with the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

Selenium is an essential trace mineral that plays a vital role in your body’s defense against viruses and other infectious diseases. Yet many people are deficient in this nutrient due to mineral depleted soils and processed food diets.

According to this 2020 research in the Journal of Medical Virology, selenium deficiency: “induces not only impairment of host immune system, but also rapid mutation of benign variants of RNA viruses to virulence.”

The researchers concluded: “selenium supplementation could be an effective choice for treatment of this novel virus of COVID‐19.”

Whist just theoretical until proven, I personally think it makes a lot of sense to make sure you’re getting healthy amounts of selenium in your diet right now.

Brazil nuts are by far an away the richest source of selenium. Just 2 of these delicious organic nuts a day will cover this important nutritional base naturally.

There’s 11 more superfoods for immunity and 3 antiviral supplements here I’m personally taking in 2020 to boost my body’s defenses and natural immunity.

Of course always consult your healthcare provider if you suspect SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The Importance of Selenium in Your Diet

Brazil nuts are exceptionally high in selenium, an essential micro-mineral and antioxidant used by your body to prevent free radical oxidative damage to your cells.

While you only need a small amount of it, without adequate selenium you can have problems making enough glutathione peroxidase within your cells.

Glutathione peroxidase is a substance critical for cellular detoxification. It converts toxins into harmless byproducts that your body eliminates and provides important protection against many environmental and dietary hazards.

Increasing glutathione peroxidase production is believed to help prevent cancerous cell changes and selenium has been shown in research studies to reduce cancer risk.

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Skin complaints like acne and psoriasis, as well as joint problems like rheumatoid arthritis, are often reported to respond well to extra selenium in the diet.

Selenium is also necessary for a properly functioning thyroid. Since your thyroid controls your body’s metabolism, inadequate levels of selenium may be a factor in sudden weight gain or weight loss.

How Much Selenium is in Brazil Nuts?

Selenium is found in highly unusual amounts in these rainforest nuts. Just one Brazil nut has around 50 mcg of selenium.

The amount can vary though, depending on the soils they are grown in, and can be as high as 90 mcg for each nut.

Organic nuts, like these rich tasting ones I get, generally have a higher mineral content and are recommended.

100 grams of raw Brazil nuts have 2550 mcg selenium on nutritional databases, which is 3643% of the RDA. Even if you could eat that much of such a rich and filling food, you definitely wouldn’t want to.

The recommended daily allowance of selenium is 55 mcg a day and just one Brazil nut, on average, will provide close to that amount. If you already eat other selenium rich foods, like shrimp, salmon and crimini mushrooms, that’s probably all you need.

Many health experts though believe that the selenium RDA is too low and recommend getting at least 100 mcg a day.

Two Brazil nuts should provide close to this amount and this is what I have personally most days, primarily for the antioxidant, thyroid and skin benefits of selenium, but also for their potential to increase testosterone production.

Why Brazil Nuts are Better than Selenium Supplements

Studies on selenium absorption showed participants eating just two Brazil nuts a day, versus those taking 100 micrograms of selenomethionine (a popular supplemental version) had far superior absorption and blood levels of selenium.

These nuts also contain good levels of antioxidant vitamin E, which enhances the beneficial effects of this essential mineral.

So just one or two Brazil nuts, ideally organic like these great tasting ones I get, is superior to supplemental selenium like selenomethionine (and especially selenium selenite found in some multivitamins, shown to adversely interact with vitamin C).

Organic Brazil Nuts Benefits

These healthy nuts also contain B vitamins, choline, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, manganese and copper in good levels.

With such a rich array of nutrients they could be considered the Amazon rainforest’s antidote to all the mineral depleted foods in our regular diets.

A Natural Testosterone Enhancer

Selenium has been shown in research studies to boost testosterone levels in infertile men and many people, particularly in bodybuilding forums, report greater libido when they eat Brazil nuts regularly.

It’s possible that this is simply the result of rectifying a pre-existing selenium deficiency. However, Brazil nuts are also high in zinc, the amino acid arginine and beneficial fatty acids needed to make important steroidal hormones like testosterone.

Low amounts of zinc in your diet is strongly associated with reduced testosterone. Increasing intake of this mineral has been demonstrated in studies to improve luteinizing hormone levels, a key factor in proper testosterone production.

Arginine is a precursor to nitric oxide, important for vasodilation and known to increasing testicular blood flow for better hormone production.

L-arginine is also a popular supplement for boosting workout performance and regular intensive exercise is one of the best ways known to improve to elevate your testosterone levels.

All of these nutrients could play their part in Brazil nuts long-standing reputation as an aphrodisiac for both men and women.

While females don’t make or need nearly as much testosterone as males, rectifying a selenium deficiency and increasing nutrients like zinc and arginine can still have some very positive results in the bedroom.

Testosterone nuts

At the higher levels of daily intake, athletes, bodybuilders and those with a known selenium deficiency have reported good results from taking two to three Brazil nuts for testosterone first thing in the morning and again in the evening before bed.

Unless you’re an athlete with higher selenium needs, or known to be deficient in the mineral, I personally think six a day is getting a bit high for regular use, particularly if you’re eating an especially strong batch of the nuts. Here’s why.

Potential Side Effects

The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine has set an upper limit of 400 mcg per day of selenium for adults and less for children. Just six selenium rich Brazil nuts could potentially exceed this amount.

While considered rare, symptoms of selenium overdose and side effects include nausea and even vomiting after eating them, possibly followed by hair loss and skin lesions in extreme cases.

Conversely, serious selenium deficiency can result in muscle weakness and pain, discoloration of the skin and hair and excessive whitening of the fingernail beds.

Clearly it’s important to get enough, but not too much selenium. With parts of the USA, like the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes region and parts of the Atlantic Coast, recognized as producing selenium deficient crops, it’s likely that the standard American diet is far from high in selenium.

How Many a Day?

For most people, two Brazil nuts a day is recommended. This should provide a good amount of selenium and other nutrients without going anywhere near the amounts that might cause side effects.

I find just a couple of these organic nuts particularly good for staving off hunger in the evening if you’re staying up watching a movie. Realistically though, having three or four nuts on occasions would be fine as well.

Particularly for men involved in exercise and weight training, having two Brazil nuts in the morning and two in the evening may help to boost testosterone levels.

It’s recommended to not have more than six nuts a day on a regular basis as you may start to exceed a healthy selenium intake.

Have you use Brazil nuts for testosterone or taken them to increase your selenium intake before? I’d really like to hear how they made you feel and how many a day you think works best for you.

Using Black Walnut for Parasites and Intestinal Worms

Human parasitic wormsBlack walnuts are best known as a parasite treatment, but they have many other potential benefits and uses.

Special compounds in these powerful nuts, and particularly green black walnut hulls, make them not only an effective anti-parasitic, but also a potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral, fungicide and intestinal cleanser.

This page though will focus on using this high potency black walnut hull tincture, and two other special herbs, to get rid of intestinal worms and other parasites living within your body.

The Parasite Problem

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10 Black Walnut Benefits for Better Health

Antifungal black walnutsBlack walnuts are a surprising superfood with many health benefits. They have been used traditionally by Native Americans, Chinese, Indian and Russian cultures for centuries for a wide variety of ailments.

Modern science and research is only just starting to uncover some of the unique nutritional elements in these potent nuts that make them so effective for so many different conditions.

Here are 10 different ways that eating black walnuts or using black walnut hulls may help treat different diseases and benefit your health in general.

10 Health Benefits of Black Walnuts

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Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter and Its Health Benefits

Peanut butter or Pumpkin Seed ButterPumpkin seed butter is a great tasting and much healthier replacement for peanut butter, with a richer flavor and usually a softer consistency that makes it easier to spread.

Ahead is how to use pumpkin seed butter, it’s health benefits and nutrition, plus why it is superior to peanut butter and a great choice for those with peanut allergies.

Pumpkin Seed Butter Uses

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Pumpkin Seeds for Parasites and Intestinal Worms

Pumpkin seed worm remedyParasites like human intestinal worms are a far more common problem than most people realize. Here is how parasites can enter your body and some of the main symptoms of tapeworm and other parasitic infections.

Also ahead is a natural remedy for intestinal worms in humans, based on a traditional German parasite treatment using raw pumpkin seeds.

The pumpkin seed contains a substance called cucurbitin that treats worms and other parasites by paralyzing them so they can be expelled from your body.

You can use the pumpkin seed treatment ahead for human intestinal parasites like tapeworm, ascariasis, pinworms and ropeworm and it may also help with worms in dogs.

First though, a look at the parasite problem and some of the most common symptoms of parasitic intestinal worms.

Human Intestinal Parasites

Parasites can enter your body through contaminated water or food (particularly meat like pork or uncooked fish), mosquito bites, intimate contact, and through the nose or mouth after touching an infected animal or contaminated surface. Continue Reading

The Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds for Acne, Arthritis, Kidney Stones & More

Pepitas health benefitsRaw pumpkin seeds are a particularly healthy and beneficial food to include in your diet for acne reduction and better looking skin.

As well as improving your appearance, here’s how eating pumpkin seeds regularly can also help treat arthritis symptoms, prevent kidney stones, reduce LDL cholesterol levels and much more.

Pumpkin Seeds for Treating Acne and for Better Skin

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Pumpkin Seeds for Prostate Problems and Preventing Hair Loss

Benign prostatic hyperplasia pepitasRaw pumpkin seeds are a high protein and mineral rich food that have some specific benefits for hair loss prevention and protecting men against prostate problems.

Here’s just what makes pumpkin seeds so good for both preventing hair loss and improving your prostate health if you are a man.

BHP, Dihydrotestosterone and Pumpkin Seeds 

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Where to Buy Raw Pumpkin Seeds Online

Pepitas BuyThere are several factors to consider when looking at where to buy pumpkin seeds. Raw pumpkin seeds contain the most nutrition but where and how they are grown is also important.

Whether you to find American grown organic pumpkin seeds, special extra large Styrian seeds, bulk raw pepitas, or even sprouted pumpkin seeds, this page has the best buying options I’ve found.

Why Raw Pumpkin Seeds are Better Than Roasted

While the pumpkin seeds you can pull out of your pumpkins at home to eat have hulls, the ones you buy online will most likely be from hull-less varieties like Lady Godiva or the much prized Styrian pumpkins.

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Raw Pumpkin Seeds Nutritional Benefits

Pepita nutritional information

Here is a detailed look at the high levels of nutrition in raw pumpkin seeds and just how much calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients they contain.

Also why snacking on these tasty seeds, also known as pepitas, is a simple way to boost your immune system and keep your body healthy.

2020 Update: Zinc and Pumpkin Seeds for Immunity

A strong and healthy immune system has never been more important with the coronavirus pandemic affecting millions of people around the world.

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