According to a study conducted at Harvard Medical School in Boston, one in four men has an inherited genetic vulnerability, which may be a factor in development of prostate cancer. When levels of certain antioxidants such as selenium, vitamin E, and lycopene are low, oxidative stress can lead to disease. An easy way of getting the necessary source of selenium needed to reduce the stress load leading to prostate cancer is to incorporate a small amount of brazil nuts every day. Two freshly hulled Brazil nuts each day provide the recommended daily requirement of 200 micrograms. If you purchase the nuts already shelled, consume 8-16 nuts to obtain the same benefit. An easy enough fete! Read more at Brazil Nuts and Prostate Health: Selenium-Packed Nuggets Protect Males Against Common Cancer
Additional health benefits of Selenium and Brazil Nuts can be found everywhere you look when researching the subject. For example, according to research published in the January 2007 Archives of Internal Medicine, daily selenium supplements appear to suppress the progression of the viral load in patients with HIV infection. According to Burt Berkson, MD, PhD on the subject of Hepatitis C "Selenium acts as a birth control for the virus".
Author of Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon, has talked much about the health benefits of Brazil Nuts. Some examples of her comments are below:
"Improperly prepared nuts are very difficult to digest without depleting your store of digestive enzymes, making it difficult for you to gather any nutrients from the food you eat. Commercially available roasted nuts are most likely not soaked first which means they still have enzyme inhibitors. To make the awesome storehouse of nutrients in nuts available to you, you can soak and sprout them or follow this recipe."--Sally Fallon (1)