India Nut: Benefits, How to Take and Side Effects

Thanks to the internet, the fame of certain products can become astronomical in a short time. So it was with the Indian nut . Due to countless testimonials stating that the seed helps in fast weight loss, many people started using it without any guidance.

It didn’t take long for the adverse reactions to start to appear, raising suspicions about the real effectiveness of the food. But, after all, does India nut get thin? What are the risks? And the benefits? Find out the answers to these and other questions below.

Benefits of India Nut

According to nutritionist Rafaela Tonin Destri, “it is believed that this seed has benefits such as: weight reduction, cellulite , appetite and binge eating, improvement in intestinal transit and the quality of skin and hair, in addition to its use in medicine for headache, gonorrhea, hemorrhoids, fever , inflammation and cholesterol lowering treatments ”.

Do you lose weight?

For all the above benefits, it is believed that the Indian nut can help you lose weight . This is because, in addition to speeding up the metabolism and favoring the elimination of liquids, it is also rich in fiber and promotes a feeling of satiety. Its laxative potential is also a great contributor to weight loss.

It is believed that its consumption can help in the building of muscle mass , however, there is a lack of studies to prove the claim. Therefore, it is necessary to remember that one must be very careful when using it for this purpose.

Learn about some of the key benefits:

improves constipation

Indian nut has laxative properties , irritating the walls of the intestine and favoring trips to the bathroom, which helps to reduce bloating and abdominal discomfort, favoring intestinal transit.

This is because it is an oilseed (rich in natural oil), with a lot of fiber among its main nutrients. Therefore, like other foods rich in fiber , it helps in better functioning of the intestine.

These compounds enable fermentation reactions that end up producing short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) that regulate the intestinal flora.

Helps reduce cholesterol levels

Due to its fat scavenging properties, Indian nut is believed to be a great ally of the heart. Due to its high content of fatty acids, it helps to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and, consequently, its accumulation in the walls of the arteries.

This is because linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid oxidize the bad cholesterol , LDL, and so lower total cholesterol levels and raise the level of HDL, the good cholesterol. ( 1 )

Reduces cellulite

Also linked to its ability to help with the oxidation of body fat, walnut ends up helping to reduce cellulite. This grain is also a diuretic. Its use in the indicated concentrations helps to eliminate fluid retention and, consequently, cellulite. The result is a more even skin and no “ orange peel” appearance .

Stimulates hair growth

Because it contains many proteins and minerals, Indian nut is believed to stimulate blood circulation throughout the body, speeding up metabolism . As a result, the hair ends up benefiting from greater oxygenation, which strengthens the thread’s roots and favors healthy hair growth.

What is the Indian Nut?

The Indian nut is a seed whose scientific name is Aleurites Moluccana. It is the fruit of Nogueira-de-Iguapé. It is an exotic tree from Indonesia, Malaysia and India, grown in southern Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.

How much to consume?

According to the nutritionist, some adverse symptoms can arise when it is consumed in exaggerated amounts. Depending on the patient, three grains a day or even smaller doses can cause reactions. Thus, “the recommendation for use is ¼ to 1/8 of the seed, ingested daily with plenty of water”.

Side effects and contraindications

There are not enough studies to prove the benefits of this nut, therefore its use for medicinal and slimming purposes is not recommended without medical supervision . Another point that few people know is that it can be toxic and, if used in the wrong way, it can even be fatal.

Therefore, despite all the benefits, nutritionist Rafaela Tonin warns that “the Indian nut should be used with caution, as the tree is considered toxic for having large amounts of glycosides, a substance that in excess causes severe symptoms.”

In view of all these observations, its use is not recommended for people with intestinal problems, as well as for pregnant women, nursing mothers, people with chronic illnesses, the elderly and children. According to the specialist, the use is also not indicated by people who make continuous use of medication.


ANVISA does not approve the marketing and use of Indian nut, having banned it in 2017, due to the various side effects . Among them are: nausea, headaches, body aches, dehydration, tachycardia, irregular breathing, liver failure and even death. ( 2 )

In short, if you’re looking for a weight-loss aid, this nut can help. However, it is essential to respect the guidelines on how to take and monitor the use and its results with a responsible physician or nutritionist.

Ellie Lauderdale

My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.

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