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Hazelnut

Hazelnut is one of the most important dry fruit, full of energy and variant nutrients that are essential for health. 100 gr of this fruit provides 628 calories. Hazelnuts are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid as well as essential fatty acid, linoleic acid that helps lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL).

Mediterranean diet that is plentiful in mono-saturated fatty acid help to improve human’s blood lipid and decrease the risk of brain strokes and artery occlusion. This dry fruit is rich in: fiber, vitamins and mineral elements with numerous phytochemical compounds can help to protect from diseases and cancers.

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Benefits of hazelnut

Hazelnut contain full of folate (folic acid) 100 gr of fresh hazelnut has 113 microgram folate that is about 28% required of this vitamin for the body. Folate is an important vitamin that helps to prevent megaloblastic anemia and defect of neural system in the infants so; it is very useful for pregnant women.
Hazelnut like almond is free from gluten and therefore, it is recommended to those who have allergy to gluten.
Hazelnut consists of important group of vitamin B such as: riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine and folates.
Hazelnut is a rich source of elements like: manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.

Copper and manganese are essential factors for superoxide dismutase enzyme which is a powerful antioxidant.
Iron prevents from microcytic anemia. Magnesium and phosphorous are important components of bone structure.
Hazelnut oil has particular aromatic components and with high astringent property can protect skin from dryness. The oil is also used for cooking and as a carrier or base oil in traditional medicines in massage therapy, aromatherapy and also in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry.

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