Skip to main content

It is one of the main ingredients of the well-beloved chocolate spread Nutella, and the marriage of hazelnuts and chocolate has been making humanity happy since before the French Revolution. This little nut is, in fact, so well-celebrated that it enjoys its own day in Italy, on the 14th of December. This day happens to be nationally recognized as Hazelnut Day, when various towns in the country celebrate its significance in the Italian culture, along with as its various health benefits.

Read on to discover our other dinner conversation tidbits you never knew about hazelnuts.

1. Anti-aging properties

Hazelnuts are an excellent source of vitamin E, containing about 15g per 100g (providing 100% of the recommended daily allowance). Vitamin E is a powerful lipid- soluble antioxidant required for maintaining the integrity of mucous membranes and skin by protecting them from harmful oxygen free radicals.

2. Protection against cancer

These nuts are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals, and are packed with numerous health- promoting phytochemicals. Altogether, they help to protect against disease and cancers.

3. Good for your skin

Hazelnut oil has a nutty aroma and excellent astringent properties. It helps to keep skin protected from dryness. The oil has also been used in cooking, and as a “carrier” or base oil in traditional medicines, in massage therapy, in aromatherapy, and in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry.

4. Strengthen hair

You can use the oil extracted from these nuts in your daily haircare regimen. Just apply a little on the scalp and hair, and massage for a few minutes. Leave it overnight.

5. Gluten-free

These nuts, like almonds, are free from gluten, and therefore safe for use in the preparation of gluten-free food formulas for gluten-sensitive, wheat-allergic and coeliac-disease patients.

6. Natural sunblock

You can apply hazelnut oil to your skin as a a natural sunscreen, safeguarding you from the  harmful effects of UV rays. Just mix a few drops each of sesame, avocado, walnut and hazelnut oils, and apply this to your skin daily.

 7. Hazelnuts fight heart disease

Hazelnuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid, as well as essential fatty acid linoleic acid, which helps to lower LDL, or bad cholesterol, and increase HDL, or good cholesterol. Research studies suggest that monounsaturated fatty acids help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring a healthy blood lipid profile.
If your family loves Nutella but you would prefer to avoid the sugar and saturated fats in the traditional bottle, click on the link to find out how you can make your own batch, fresh.
mm

Guest Writer

This post has been curated by a Longevity Live editor for the website.

Longevity Live is a digital publisher AND DOES NOT OFFER PERSONAL HEALTH OR MEDICAL ADVICE. IF YOU’RE FACING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, CALL YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICES IMMEDIATELY, OR VISIT THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM OR URGENT CARE CENTER. YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BEFORE STARTING ANY NUTRITION, DIET, EXERCISE, FITNESS, MEDICAL, OR WELLNESS PROGRAM.

This content, developed through collaboration with licensed medical professionals and external contributors, including text, graphics, images, and other material contained on the website, apps, newsletter, and products (“Content”), is general in nature and for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice; the Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Always consult your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, procedure, or treatment, whether it is a prescription medication, over-the-counter drug, vitamin, supplement, or herbal alternative.

Longevity Live makes no guarantees about the efficacy or safety of products or treatments described in any of our posts. Any information on supplements, related services and drug information contained in our posts are subject to change and are not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects.

Longevity does not recommend or endorse any specific test, clinician, clinical care provider, product, procedure, opinion, service, or other information that may be mentioned on Longevity’s websites, apps, and Content.