5 Health Benefits of Brazil Nuts for Men
Last updated on March 9, 2013
Brazil nuts are an extremely good dietary source of selenium. In fact, just one ounce provides nearly ten times the recommended daily value of selenium. Brazil nuts offer many health benefits for men, due in part to this high concentration of selenium.
Be aware, however, that too much selenium can be harmful to a man’s health and the benefits may only apply to men with selenium deficiency. Just one Brazil nut per day may be more than enough selenium for the average diet. Health officials recommend consulting a qualified health provider before consuming Brazil nuts in large amounts.
Here are 5 health benefits of Brazil nuts for men:
Brazil nuts may help to lower the risk of cancer by helping to prevent free radical damage to cells. Lab studies with animals have shown that selenium can help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and even induce apoptosis. Selenium may also stimulate the production and function of liver enzymes that help process harmful toxins.
The magnesium and selenium in Brazil nuts are believed to help promote good prostate health and even decrease the risk of prostate cancer. Experts suggest just 200 mcg of selenium per day to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by as much as 50%.
Selenium can act as an antioxidant when taken alongside other antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E. Brazil nuts can help prevent oxidative stress to the body and decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease. They also contain a good amount of magnesium, another powerful antioxidant.
According to the National Institutes of Health, selenium can boost testosterone levels in men. It has also been found to increase sperm production and motility.
Lower LDL Cholesterol
Selenium can help lower bad cholesterol levels and thus decrease the risk of blood clots, heart disease and heart attacks in men. Overall, Brazil nuts are considered a benefit to heart health in most men.