The Brazil nut originates from the Brazil nut tree in various parts of South America but is found mainly in Brazil. The use of Brazil nuts for various health and nutritional purposes did not start until the mid to late 20th Century. Today the nut is used in various food recipes, massage therapy, and aromatherapy. It is usually consumed as Brazil nut milk or oil.

Nutritional Benefits of Eating Brazil Nuts:

One of the most exciting discoveries recently made is that taking two Brazil nuts daily can be good for our health, however, its important not to overdue it. Taking one to two Brazil nuts a day is more than enough to meet the daily selenium requirements, a trace element found in very high amounts in Brazil nuts. Selenium plays a very important role in increasing the amount of glutathione peroxidase levels in the body, a potent antioxidant made in the liver.

Besides selenium, Brazil nuts are rich in a many other  vitamins, nutrients and minerals. The high levels of palmitoleic acid and oleic acid helps increase levels of “good” or HDL cholesterol. There is also a good amount of Vitamin E, a fat soluble vitamin which is also an antioxidant. Together, selenium and Vitamin E play a big role in boosting immunity and reducing free radical damage. Vitamin E is also great for skin health, so its no wonder many  juice and smoothie recipes incorporate Brazil nut milk as an ingredient.

According to a study published in the Journal of Urology, there is evidence that Brazil nuts can reduce the risk of prostate cancer. There are certain theories as to why Brazil nuts may have its anti-cancer effects. The strongest evidence has always been due to the fact that it has one of the highest dietary sources of selenium. Eating Brazil nuts also correlates with a reduction in the risk of breast and prostate cancer, however, the evidence is still inconclusive. Although there is evidence that Brazil nuts can reduce the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer, more randomized controlled trials need to be carried out before this can be confirmed.

In humans, selenium is not needed in large amounts. It falls into the category of trace element nutrients. Perhaps the anti-cancer properties can be explained by its role in the formation of glutathione peroxidase, an antioxidant made by our liver. Glutathione peroxidase plays a very important role in preventing oxidative damage on DNA. Although oxidative damage affects DNA most of the time, repeated DNA damage increases the risk of getting cancer.

Are there any dangers associated with eating Brazil Nuts?

I know you must be thinking that eating more than two Brazil nuts a day will be much better for our health and increase the levels of antioxidants in our body. But this is absolutely a case where more is not better!

Before you do, I must warn you that eating too many Brazil nuts daily can cause selenium toxicity; side effects can lead to nausea, vomiting and mood swings.

Biology and nutrition aside, how about enjoying a cup of smoothie using Brazil nuts?

I’ll show you how to make a delicious smoothie recipe using the ingredients below!

Delicious Cherry Brazil Nut Smoothie

Delicious Cherry Brazil Nut Smoothie


  • 1 cup Brazil-nut milk
  • 1 frozen banana, broken into chunks (easier to blend and enhance creaminess)
  • 1 cup pitted cherries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder


  1. To prepare this smoothie, you will need to gather all the above ingredients and place them into a blender.
  2. Blend until you get a nice smooth consistency.
  3. Note: You can also swap carob and mesquite in this recipe

Remember, to enjoy Brazil nuts, you can eat it in many different ways. Another popular way to drink them is to add them into a delicious vegetable juice recipe.

What do you think about Brazil nuts? Have you tried them before?

Bryan writes about almost all things health. His most passionate interests is in the area of diet. He is an advocate for most things natural and believes in less processed and more organic foods. He also writes for <a href=”“>Fruit Juicing Recipes</a> blog

Dr. Oz has gained fame and credibility as Oprah’s go-to doctor, and has used that fame to help spread the word about varios health conditions. From reversing diabetes, immune disorders and tackling the ever present obesity rates, Dr Oz has made it his life mission to bring us healthy tips and recipes to help reverse the damage of the typical American diet. Here we share his Super Energy Smoothie to jumpstart your day. 


In the words of Dr. Oz….

If you want to start off your day with a big boost of energy, try starting with this smoothie. It’s loaded with healthy fruits and veggies like watermelon, which helps dilate blood vessels to promote blood flow. Also, it has coconut water – one of the most hydrating liquids out there. Another positive aspect of coconut water is that it reduces blood pressure which can make you lethargic. The best part is this recipe yields a big batch, so it you can make it once, freeze it, and drink it all week long. Click here for the full recipe on Dr Oz’s site. 

Dr Oz Super Energy Smoothie

Dr Oz Super Energy Smoothie


  • 2 pints cut up pineapple
  • 2 pints cut up watermelon
  • 2 quarts coconut water
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1 bag frozen blueberries
  • 2 green apples or 2 bananas


  1. Blend all of the ingredients together in a juicer, pour into 16 oz. servings.
  2. You can store or freeze extra smoothies to drink later.
  3. Enjoy!