Hazelnut one of the nuts that may be not so popular all over the world but it is a very important
nutritional value in a well-balanced diet, since it has several important health benefits in protecting
against diseases. Having special combination of oil (especially oleic acid rich oil structure), proteins,
carbohydrate, beta-sitosterol, essential vitamins and minerals, giving hazelnut a special place among
other nuts for its unique ability to protect against diseases. It is known that consuming only 25-30 gr
of hazelnuts a day, is enough for daily vitamin E needs and a very good way of protecting against
heart-vein diseases and cancer. Hazelnut and hazelnut oil are the best known sources for Vitamin E
which is essential for the healthy heart muscles and other muscles of the body as well. It is also
necessary for normal functioning of the reproduction system. Vitamin E prevents the disintegration
of red blood cells, thus it serves as a protection against deficiency of blood which is called anemia.
Another benefit of Vitamin E which is found in hazelnut is to prevent the factors which prepare the
basis for cancer disease. If cancer is already formed in the body, then it fights to defuse the harmful
cells. Another beneficial acid in hazelnut oil is Linoleic Acid which can be found heavily in hazelnut
oil. Linoleic Acid plays very important role for the growth and healthy development of organisms.
Hazelnut is a good source for B1, B2 and B6 vitamins. These vitamins are essential in blood formation
and mental health, especially for those of children in development age. The following vitamins can be
found in substantial amounts in hazelnut:
– 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.
Consuming hazelnut is very important for healthy life. Eating only 25 gr hazelnuts a day can be a very
good protection against many diseases including cancer and heart diseases. According to results of a
research, people who consume hazelnuts or hazelnut oil, have 50% less risk of dying because of
hearth attack when compared to those who never consume hazelnuts.