Castanha do Pará, more recently renamed the Brazil Nut, is one of the most important species of Amazonian trees that produces a commodity. This tree plays a key role in the socioeconomics of large forested regions.
It is a very large tree, leafy and majestic, often reaching a height of 50 meters, and can be more than 2 meters in diameter. The Brazil Nut tree germinates in 12 to 18 months and starts producing the first fruits in its 12th year.
The fruit of the Brazil Nut tree (castanheira) is a large capsule with a hard woody shell containing 10 to 25 seeds (nuts). When mature, the fruits fall from the tree and collect on the ground.
A mature tree produces an average 125 liters of seeds (at an average of 45 seeds per liter), which are peeled and cold-pressed, yielding an average of 35-50 liters of oil per year.
Brazil Nut Oil is highly nutritious, containing 75% unsaturated fatty acids composed mainly of palmitic, oleic, and linolenic acids, as well as the phytosterol sistosterol and the fat-soluble vitamins A and E. Extra-virgin oil can be obtained during the first pressing of the seeds, which can be used as a substitute for olive oil because of its mild and pleasant flavor.
The oil is also rich in magnesium and thiamine, and has the highest known concentrations of selenium (126 ppm) of any seed in the world, providing antioxidant properties. Some studies indicate that the consumption of selenium is associated with a reduction in the risk of prostate cancer and recommend the consumption of these seeds as a preventive measure.
The proteins in the seeds are very rich in sulfur amino acids, such as cysteine (8%) and methionine (18%). The presence of methionine enhances the absorption of selenium and other minerals. One, just one, unit of Brazil Nut is all we need to fill our daily requirement of selenium. Besides selenium, Brazil Nut Oil is also rich in essential fatty acids (EFA’s) and vitamins A, B, C, and E.
Some facts about the Brazil Nut:
- It is rich in flavanoids with emollient and moisturizing properties
- It contains high amounts of natural antioxidant Vitamin E, which helps to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin and improve collagen reduction, thus helping to avoid wrinkles and other signs of aging
- It is rich in polyphenol, which inhibits the production of the immune globulin IgE and helps heal dermatitis
- It helps prevent stretch marks
Use this oil for a rich product intended to nourish and moisturize the skin, to diminish stretch marks, and to soothe the skin. Use for a rich anti-aging cream or add to your soaps for a creamy nourishing treat.
Organically grown, yummy, fresh, healthy unrefined cold pressed Brazil Nut oil.