Sunday, October 05, 2014


Hazelnuts are rich in oleic acid which has been shown to lower bad cholesterol. They also contain almost half of our recommended daily amount of magnesium, a mineral that regulates calcium levels in muscles. 

When calcium levels are high the heart may contract, and beat irregularly. Proper amounts of magnesium keep the heart from overexerting itself by promoting healthy rests between contractions.  Magnesium plays an important role in regulating the amount of calcium that goes into and out of the cells of the body. Hazelnuts are also rich in Manganese which is a constituent of an antioxidant enzyme produced in the mitochondria of the cells to protect the body from cancer. One cup of hazelnuts contains 86% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E, which has been proven to protect skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Hazelnuts are also rich in Vitamin B6, which tthe nervous system needs to make amino acids function. Vitamin B6 is necessary for the creation of myelin, the insulating sheath of the nerve that increases the speed and efficiency of electrical impulses, allowing the nervous system to operate optimally. What's more, vitamin B6 is instrumental in the synthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin, melatonin, and epinephrine.  Hazelnuts are rich in vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 and B9 (folic acid). We rely on the B vitamins to digest and assimilate proteins, fats and carbohydrates for us, thereby providing us with the energy we need to function. The B vitamins assuage stress, anxiety and depression. They also improve the memory and are necessary for the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. B9 aids hormone synthesis and riboflavin is necessary for healthy red blood cells. And speaking from experience, B6 can help pregnancy women avoid or counteract morning sickness.  

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