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Nuts for Health: Selenium & Brazil Nuts

Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on March 11, 2013 by Paulina Nelega, RH

Are you nuts for nuts, too? Did you know that Brazil nuts are one of nature’s richest sources of selenium?

They’re so high in this nutrient, in fact, that the National Institutes of Health recommends eating Brazil nuts only occasionally, to avoid selenium toxicity. Adults require about 55 micrograms of selenium per day; a serving of six to eight Brazil nuts provides over 500 micrograms!

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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