Inflammation is a common problem for many people, from arthritis to asthma. According to reports, arthritis and joint disease affect 43 million Americans, which amounts to nearly 20 percent of the population. And it’s just getting worse: forecasts project that 60 million people in the U.S. will suffer from chronic inflammation in the joints by the year 2020.
There are all kinds of medications and supplements that are designed to treat inflammation, beyond just swelling in the joints, but not all are that good for you. Many prescription medications, for example, contain chemicals and other things that have side effects that may be quite serious. Many people suffering from chronic inflammation prefer to stick to natural treatments, when possible and effective.
One such natural ingredient is Brazil nuts. Anti-inflammatory, nutrient-rich, and high in protein, Brazil nuts are extremely beneficial for both your diet and your skin. Brazil nuts lower inflammation due to its abundance of selenium. This nutrient is rare in other foods, but profuse in Brazil nuts; just one nut contains 129 percent of the U.S. daily nutritional requirement - so if you eat Brazil nuts, stick to a limit of 1-3 per day because overdosing could result in selenium toxicity.
Selenium is a precursor to an important protein that is very efficient at scavenging for free radicals, both preventing the signs of aging and reducing inflammation in the tissues and joints. It also increases the effectiveness of antioxidants such as Vitamin C, glutathione and others.
In addition to reducing inflammation throughout the body, consuming Brazil nuts can result in the following advantages for your overall health and wellbeing:
- Keeps the walls of blood vessels healthy
- Manages cholesterol and blood sugar levels in the bloodstream
- Increases insulin sensitivity
- Gives cells more energy, while reducing damage
- Boosts immune system response, including the liver’s ability to counteract toxins
Brazil nut oil is a fantastic natural emollient, containing many of the powerful vitamins and minerals from the seeds, including ellagic acid, which protects the skin from the oxidative stress caused by UV radiation and natural aging. When used as an ingredient in your skin care products, Brazil nut oil offers the following benefits:
- Excellent natural moisturizer
- Great at healing dry or damaged skin
- Protects skin from UV radiation
- Defers the natural aging process
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots
Whether you’re snacking on a couple of Brazil nuts each day to improve your health and get that crucial yet elusive selenium nutrient, or your skincare regimen includes that lovely emollient Brazil nut oil, this Amazonian superfruit is packed with benefits for your body, inside and out!
Brazil nut oil is an important ingredient in both our proprietary Rainforest Hydration and Rainforest Restoration Elixirs, which very carefully crafted into our Brazilian Glow Radiance & Renewal Oil as well as our Beauty Butter for Face & Body so you could take advantage of all of its amazing benefits.
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