Hazelnuts now-a-days have become famous with their existence in confections like chocolate truffles, praline and nutella. With their rich taste, they are also finding its presence in coffee, liqueurs and other cooked foods. Apart from the delicious taste let us see the health benefits of consuming hazelnuts.
Health benefits of hazelnuts
Good for cardiovascular health
Hazelnuts are the good sources of unsaturated fats, which are necessary for the good heart health. A special unsaturated fat oleic acid lowers the bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.
With the half cup consumption of hazelnuts, we will get half amount of magnesium required in a day. Magnesium is required for the balance of calcium in the muscles. The regulation of calcium promotes for the heart health because higher calcium levels tends to contract the heart and irregular heart beat. Good amounts of magnesium prevents the heart from overexerting by promoting healthy rests between contractions.
Nervous system functions properly with the presence of amino acids, the vitamin required by amino acids is vitamin B6 which is rich in hazel nuts. Apart from that, vitamin B6 is necessary for the creation of the nerve insulating sheath ‘myelin’ and the for the perfect functioning of the nervous system. More over, vitamin B6 is required for the synthesis of the melatonin, neurotransmitter serotonin and epinephrine.
For the calcium to go into and come out of the body cells magnesium is necessary. The balanced calcium offers rest to the muscles when there is no need and it also provides muscle contraction.
According to few studies, the high the magnesium amounts in the body helps for the promotion of muscle strength. It also avoids the muscle tension, spasm, fatigue, soreness and cramps.
Hazelnuts which have the alpha-tocopherol type of vitamin E prevents the risk of bladder cancer. More over, the rich amounts of manganese present in the hazelnuts protects the body from cancer.
Improves the health of digestive tract
The high amount of fiber present in hazelnuts maintains bowel regularity, regulates chemicals and microorganisms, and helps in keeping the digestive system on the tract.
According to a study, the laxative effect from fiber content in hazelnuts helps for the restriction of constipation.
07 Provides iron
An individual with iron deficiency can take the help of hazelnuts to cure it. Iron plays a great role in the absorption of oxygen by the red blood cells, which then travels to rest of the body. You can cover up to 30 percentage of iron intake in a day by eating handful of hazelnuts.
Bone and joint health
As mentioned earlier, good amount of magnesium plays a key role for the build up of bones but an extra magnesium amount is stored by our body on the bone surface and is necessary when there is deficiency.
After knowing about these many health benefits of hazel nuts, one don’t leave to use them in their daily diet. Isn’t it ! Increase the intake by adding them in soups, sauces, desserts, pies and other food items. However, eating them in raw is a healthiest option.