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Brazil Nuts vs. Almonds

Posted by Valeria Cole

How lucky are we that our planet has so much natural bounty? With natural ingredients that keep our bodies healthy and longer-lasting, as well as enhancing beauty and treating issues, it’s vitally important that we work to protect the Earth’s resources such as the rainforests.

Almonds and Brazil nuts are two wonderful things for skin care as well as nutrition, and they both offer some pretty similar benefits. However, each has something special to offer. Almonds originate in the Mediterranean and Middle East, while Brazil nuts are indigenous to the Amazonian countries of South America.

Nutritional Information

A healthy diet leads to healthier skin and hair. Both Brazil nuts and almonds are an excellent source of protein and other vitamins and minerals that help promote better health from the inside, out. But they also have varying amounts of these nutrients. For a 100g, 3.5oz serving

Nutritional Item

Brazil Nuts

Almonds

Calories

656

575

Total Fat

66g

49g

Cholesterol

0

0

Sodium

3mg

1mg

Total Carbohydrates

12g

22g

Dietary Fiber

8g

12g

Sugars

2g

4g

Protein

14g

21g


In the same serving size, the two different kinds of nuts are made up of the following percentages of vitamins and minerals...

Mineral/Vitamin Item

Brazil Nuts

Almonds

Calcium

16%

26%

Iron

14%

21%

Magnesium

94%

67%

Phosphorus

72%

48%

Potassium

14%

15%

Zinc

27%

21%

Copper

87%

50%

Manganese

61%

114%

Selenium

2739%

4%

Vitamin B6

5%

7%

Vitamin E

29%

131%

Thiamin

41%

14%

Riboflavin

2%

60%

Folate

6%

12%


It’s important to note that Brazil nuts are extremely rich in selenium. This nutrient is pretty rare to find in foods, and eating a single Brazil nut each day will fulfill your daily requirement. It’s incredibly anti-viral and helps prevent autoimmune and thyroid diseases as well as cancer. Meanwhile, almonds are a better source of Vitamin E and manganese. Vitamin E is one of the most potent antioxidants, and manganese is an excellent supplement for better bone health and anti-inflammatory properties.

Brazil Nut Oil vs. Almond Oil for Skin & Hair

When used for hair and skincare, both nut oils are highly moisturizing and protective. The two share some significant benefits:

  • Excellent emollient to treat dry and damaged skin
  • Protects your skin from oxidative stress and damage from UV radiation
  • Reduces the appearance of aging and fine lines, repairs collagen and improves elasticity
  • Prevent blackheads and acne, can reduce acne flare-ups
  • Relieves eczema and psoriasis, as well as skin rashes
  • Promote healthy hair growth and prevent hair loss (such as alopecia)
  • Treats dry, brittle or damaged hair
  • Restore the protective layer on each strand of hair for shiny, moisturized locks

In comparison, Brazil nut oil and almond oil have their own special properties as well. Brazil nut oil is known for its deeply moisturizing properties and when used as part of a daily skin care regimen, it gives skin a lovely, healthy glow. The nutrients in Brazil nut oil actively fight cancer and the appearance of aging by removing free radicals from skin cells. It also deeply conditions and treats your hair thanks to its richness in omega 3s, Vitamin E and selenium.



Almond oil doesn’t contain near as much selenium, but it’s also rich in Vitamin E (more than 100-times more so than Brazil nut oil). It has hypoallergenic properties, making it a fantastic ingredient for sensitive skin. As a cleanser, almond oil is a wonderful and gentle eye makeup remover, and softens and dislodges dirt and debris to cleanse pores and hair follicles. The oil also works to relieve pain from strained muscles and sunburn when used topically. In addition to treating skin and hair, you can improve your nail health by massaging almond oil into your cuticles.

Brazil nut oil and almond oil are both ingredients in our Brazilian Glow Radiance & Renewal Oil as well as our Beauty Butter for Face & Body, so you can enjoy the benefits of both oils with each use.

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Cheers, Val

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