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Hazelnut Health Benefits

Hazel nuts are one of the world’s tastiest nuts. An ounce of raw hazelnuts has 2.7 grams of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is a cholesterol-lowering nutrient and may prevent constipation because of its laxative effect, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S.

 

Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy adults on a 2,000-calorie diet should aim for at least 28 grams of dietary fiber.

 

Hazelnuts are very high in energy and loaded with numerous health-benefiting nutrients that are essential for optimum health. 100 g nuts provide 628 calories.

 

The nuts are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic as well as essential fatty acid, linoleic acid that helps lower LDL or bad cholesterol and increase HDL or good cholesterol.

 

Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet that is plentiful in monounsaturated fatty acids help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favouring healthy blood lipid profile.

 

Magnesium plays an important role in regulating the amount of calcium that goes into and out of the cells of the body.

 

The proper amount of calcium at the proper time encourages muscle contraction, and allows the muscles to relax when they’re not needed.

 

This avoids muscle tension, soreness, spasm, cramps and fatigue. According to one Italian study, higher magnesium levels also increased the strength of the muscles.

 

Hazelnuts are rich in manganese, which are an enzyme activator and a catalyst in the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol.

 

It also promotes protein and carbohydrate metabolism. The high content of fiber in hazelnuts assures regular movement of food and waste through the digestive tract, distributing the burden of work evenly along the way and promoting the proper balance of chemicals and microorganisms necessary for a healthy digestive system.

 

Hazelnut contains phytopchemicals, including proanthocyanidins, quercetin and kaempherol.

 

These proanthocyanidins belong to a group called the flavonoids. Flavonoids may support brain health, improve circulation and reduce symptoms associated with allergies.

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