Health Benefits Of HAZEL NUTS
Hazel nuts are a member of the Corylus family of trees, and depending on their country of cultivation, hazel nuts may also be termed as filberts or cob nuts. Hazel nuts are the second-best nut sources of vitamin E (15-20mg), with the almond nut supplying 26mg of vitamin E. A handful of hazel nuts is a most beneficial substitute for any vitamin E capsule. Hazel nuts are a fair source of omega-6 (4g), which in combination with vitamin E is vital for healthy arteries, regulation of cholesterol levels and prevention of heart disease.
Hazel nuts are also a good source of zinc (2mg), the mineral that is required for the breakdown of alcohol and also used as a vital component of insulin. Hazel nuts supply a fair amounts of calcium (110mg), potassium (680mg), phosphorus (290mg) and a very good supply of magnesium (160mg). The supply of copper from hazel nuts is excellent (90% d.v.) and in combination with the very good iron content (5mg or 26% d.v.) plus manganese (6mg), the hazel nut is a blood builder, complete with all the tools required. All of the basic B group vitamins are supplied, especially B1 (43% d.v.) and B6 (28% d.v.). The protein value (21g) of hazel nuts is complete in all essential amino acids; in order to obtain very good protein value, combine hazel nuts with cashews and Brazil nuts and a few almonds. Hazel nuts are used in spreads: try the pure spread, it’s fantastic.
Hazel nuts are often roasted. They taste nice but may contain free radicals as a result of the cooking, while by the time you buy them, they can be of minimum nutrient value. For maximum benefits, raw hazel nuts can’t be beaten!