Some Information About Hazelnuts Health Benefits
Hazelnuts have always been one of my favourite foods. As children, we used to gather wild hazelnuts and take them home. My grandmother then would roast them and coat them with sugar.
I always loved this homemade snack, and recently, I decided to try coating roasted hazelnuts with one of the healthiest sugars in nature, the one derived from coconut’s flowers.
I purchased the best and freshest organic hazelnuts I could find on the market, added carragheen moss (freshly made with Algaran Organic Carragheen) and added the best Organic Coconut’s flower sugar.
The result was a Crunchy delicious snack, full of minerals and vitamins, tasting like chocolate and not so high in calories (ca. 440 Kcal per 100 g).
Cardiovascular Benefits. Hazelnuts are rich in unsaturated fats, which are good for the heart. One of these fats is oleic acid, shown to lower LDL “bad” cholesterol and raise the “good” HDL kind. Hazelnuts contain 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.
Cancer Prevention. Hazelnuts are rich in alpha-tocopherol type of vitamin E, shown to cut the risk of bladder cancer in half. Hazelnuts are also abundant in manganese which is a constituent of an antioxidant enzyme produced in the mitochondria of the cells to protect the body from cancer.
Muscles. Magnesium is regulating the amount of calcium that is adsorbed by the cells of the body. The proper amount of calcium helps muscle contraction when needed, and allows the muscles to relax when they’re not needed. This avoids muscle tension, cramps and fatigue.
Skin. 250g of hazelnuts contains 86% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E. Vitamin E has been proven to protect skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, such as skin cancer and premature aging.
Bone and Joint. Magnesium is a key mineral in the makeup of the bones, and is so important that the body stores extra magnesium on the surface of bones to be used in case of an emergency deficiency. Hazelnuts are also rich in manganese, a mineral essential for the growth and strength of bones. Post-menopausal women are often deficient in manganese and eating hazelnuts can help increasing the density of bone, and fight osteoporosis.
Nervous System. Hazelnuts are rich in vitamin B6. The nervous system needs amino acids in order to function, and amino acids require vitamin B6. Moreover, 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.
Digestive Tract. Hazelnuts are rich in manganese, which is an enzyme activator and a catalyst in the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol. It also promotes protein and carbohydrate metabolism.
Fibres. The high content of fibre in hazelnuts helps regular movement of food and waste through the digestive tract, promoting the proper balance of chemicals and microorganisms necessary for a healthy digestive system.
Vitamins B. 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 dismantle proteins, fats and carbohydrates for us, thereby providing us with the energy we need to function. The B vitamin complex is used throughout the body, particularly for the health of nervous system. 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. Niacin improves skin health ensures the normal function of the digestive and nervous systems. Some B vitamins help build and repair damaged DNA.
Calories 628 Kcal / 100g
(Information provided by HealthDiaries.com)
Coconut Flower’s Sugar Health Benefits
This is a special type of Organic Raw Sugar, obtained from handpicked Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) flowers in the Island of Bali.
Coconut Sugar is rich in Potassium and Zinc and is very low in Glucose and Fructose, therefore with Low Calories (only 361 Kcal / 100g)
Now A Bit Of Legend
In some epic Irish Legends the Hazel Tree is described as sacred, as it grows spontaneously nearby Holy Wells.
The Legend is not very far from truth, as Hazel trees need fresh and pure water to grow.
By the ancient population of the Stone Age, and by the Celts, a land covered with Hazel Trees would indicate the presence of underground stream of fresh water and streams flow along magnetic energy lines (Lay lines) which were used as a sort of invisible map to follow.
Proof of this theory is the fact that the first inhabited regions in Ireland, for example the Burren region in Co. Clare, were and still are covered by Hazel Trees.
Hazel shafts are still traditionally used for water divining, and in the Celtic folklore, hazelnuts represented wisdom and poetic inspiration.
CARRAGHEEN (Seaweed Chondrus crispus)
Traditionally used to set jellies and puddings, Carragheen can be used as thickening agent also for soups and sauces.
It can also be eaten as it is, rinsed, chopped and added to salads.
This is what Dr. Prannie Rathigan writes on her book “The Irish Seaweed Kitchen” about Carragheen:
“Carragheen is used in cough mixtures around the world from Canada to New Zealand. Medicinally it has anti-viral and expectorant (phlegm loosening) properties for clearing chest infections and easing coughs. Acidic ingredients such as lemon are best added at the end of, not during, the cooking process. Nice balance of minerals, vitamins and trace elements and is particularly high in magnesium.”
Page 12, The Irish Seaweed Kitchen.
You can purchase Dr. Prannie’s book at https://irishseaweedkitchen.ie/
Dr. Prannie Rathigan is a graduated Medical Doctor and is a qualified General Practitioner.