- Vitamin E: Just 25-30 grams of hazelnuts provides 100% of the RDI for vitamin E. Studies have shown vitamin E can reduce cholesterol and prevent cancers of the colon and prostrate. Vitamin E may also reduce cellular aging, prevent blood clots, protect the nervous system, and lower the risk of heart disease.
- Essential amino acids: Our body builds all the protein it needs from amino acids. Amino acids are the build blocks of protein. Many amino acids can be synthesized but the nine essential amino acids cannot and must come from our foods. Hazelnuts are rich in protein as well as nine essential amino acids, making them an ideal food source.
- Calcium and magnesium: Many people know the importance of calcium for strong bones, but few know that calcium is useless without adequate magnesium. A single cup of hazelnuts supplies 55% of the daily RDI of magnesium and 15% of the calcium!
- Proanthocyanidin: "Hazelnuts also have one of the highest Proanthocyanidin (PAC) contents among ”superfoods” and the second highest among nuts." according to the Hazelnut Council. Proanthocyanidins (PAC), or oligomericproanthocyanidins (OPC), are a class of flavonoids that are powerful antioxidants. Research suggests proanthocyanidins prevent atherosclerosis, protect against cancer, and keep our skin looking young!
Those are pretty strong words for a government agency! So eat your hazelnuts and enjoy a long life!
Sources: Hazel Nut Council, Hazelnut & Health, Vitamin E Information, Nutrition Data, Proanthocyanidin Power, Wikipedia: Hazelnut & Proanthocyanidin