Hazelnuts: All the Health Benefits You Need to Know

Hazelnut and Oil
Hazelnut and Hazelnut oil on Vaniday

Hazelnuts are high in nutritional value and is important for a well-balanced diet. It contains several health benefits such as protecting us against heart-vein diseases. Hazelnut has a special place amongst other nuts as it contains oil, proteins, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals.

Hazelnut and hazelnut oil are good sources of Vitamin E. Not only is Vitamin E essential to keep our heart muscles healthy, it is also necessary for normal functioning of the reproduction system. Vitamin E prevents the disintegration of red blood cells, and serves as a protection against deficiency of blood which is called anemia. Consuming a small amount eg 30 grams of hazelnut is sufficient to fulfil our daily vitamin E needs.

Beta-sitosterol found amply in hazelnut is also good for reducing cholesterol and preventing breast cancer.

Hazelnut is rich in oil and produces up to 70% of hazelnut oil. Oleic acid found in hazelnut oil prevents the rise of cholesterol in the blood. It decreases cholesterol by 26%.

Another beneficial acid in hazelnut oil is Linoleic Acid. Linolenic acid is popular for preventing and treating diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

Vitamin Component of Hazelnuts

Hazelnut is a good source for B1, B2 and B6 vitamins. These vitamins are essential in blood formation and improving mental health especially for children in development age.

Other vitamins includes:

–       Calcium which is essential for healthy bones and teeth.

–       Iron which has blood production function.

–       Zinc which has an important role in the development of sexual hormones.

–       Potassium which is necessary for the stimulation of nervous system and the properly functioning of muscle system.

Hence consuming hazelnut is important for healthy life. Just consuming 25 grams daily will give you a good protection against many diseases. According to various researches, people who consume hazelnuts have 50% lesser risk of heart attack.

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