A fist full of nuts in the morning is considered to be a good start to the day. A lot of studies show that including various nuts in your diet, leads to a healthy life. Apart from nutritional benefits, their indulgence also curbs unnecessary in-between-meals hunger pangs. But do you know that consumption of nuts also improve your mental health? We are about to unfold the benefits of consuming hazelnuts on our mental wellness.
Hazelnut, also called filbert can be taken raw, roasted or as a part of various dishes and come from Corylus tree. It is amongst a few nuts, that has unsaturated fats and is extremely rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals.
Benefits for Physical Health
Hazelnuts are great potent of nourishment. The unsaturated fatty acids in it reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol, hence promoting better heart health and reducing the chances of heart diseases. They are the powerhouse of antioxidants that not only helps you helps you get a younger looking skin, but the Vitamin E and magnesium in it also help prevent cancer. The magnesium also helps to promote healthy bones and better digestion. Thiamine in the nut helps to boost the metabolism, in turn helping to reduce weight. Including a recommended amount of hazelnuts in your diet can help you manage diabetes by being the source of good fat the body needs.
Benefits for Mental Health
Hazelnuts provide a surprising lift to the nervous system. The components in the nut improve brain functioning and help prevent its deterioration in old age. Its consumption leads to healthy aging, enhanced memory and helps combat anxiety issues.
• The Vitamin in Hazelnuts cultivates brain chemicals like serotonin, epinephrine that affect our mood and sleeping patterns.
• A diet inclusive of hazelnuts can augment the mental precision and function due to the high levels of Thiamine, fatty acids, Vitamin E, manganese in them.
• Senescence is inevitable. But hazelnuts, since are high in Vitamin E, can prevent cognitive fall off in your declining years due to diseases like Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s.
• Thiamine deficiency can cause irritability, which can also be an outcome of the psychological disorder. Hazelnut has thiamine required to preserve neural activities.
• Folic acid helps neurological development during pregnancy. Also, its deficiency could lead to depression. Hazelnut falls in the category of folate food.
Hazelnut can be a healthy snack and a rich ingredient for many recipes. Incorporating them in your diet is a good choice because they are the storehouse of nutrition.
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