From Ezra Cohen, McGill University Graduate: 3 Surprising Brazil Nut Butter Benefits
Ezra Cohen, McGill University grad and health food guru, has built an entire enterprise on providing quality nut butter snacks to those who want something that tastes amazing and boosts your health.
We all know that Brazil nut butter is delicious, but you might be surprised to learn that there are many Brazil nut butter benefits that go far beyond its great taste.
Nut butters, in general, are one of the easiest ways to add essential vitamins and nutrients to your diet (hence the reason we’re such big fans of them here at Ezra Cohen Montreal). And brazil nut butter, in general, has a lot to offer when it comes to your health.
Brazil nuts, which are tree nuts harvested from the Amazon rainforest in South America, have an inherently rich flavor that’s ideal for nut butter. But Brazil nut butter only tastes decadent—behind the scenes, it provides surprising benefits to a range of different systems in your body. Here are three of them.
1. It boosts your immune system
Brazil nuts, and thus Brazil nut butter, contain high levels of selenium, a mineral that, among other things, helps enhance the functions of your immune system and thyroid. Each of us requires about 55 mcg of selenium a day for optimal immune health, and Brazil nuts far exceed that amount, providing anywhere between 96 mcg and 400 mcg per nut. That’s good news for your immune system, especially as we enter the flu season.
2. It helps protect your brain
The more you can protect your brain, the better. That’s why it’s great to know that Brazil nut butter contains ellagic acid, a neuroprotective antioxidant that provides key support to brain cells. In one study, adults with mild cognitive impairments who ate just one Brazil nut a day for six months experienced improved mental functioning and verbal fluency. Not bad for such a simple snack food.
3. It can lower your risk of heart disease
Nuts are notoriously good for your heart, and the same goes for Brazil nuts, which contain fiber, minerals, and healthy polyunsaturated fats that can help lower your levels of bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and raise your levels of good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol). The result? A reduced risk of heart disease and an all-around healthier heart.
At Ezra Cohen Montreal, we believe that the best foods are those that are both good and good for you. Try our Brazil Nut Butter and other nut butter products today and discover just how easy it is to do right by your body. And don’t forget to check out our recipe blog for great tips on cooking and baking with nuts and nut butters!