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9 Benefits of Hazelnuts You Didn’t Know

9 Benefits of Hazelnuts You Didn’t Know

Hazelnuts are not only delicious; they are surprisingly nutritious. As with other foods in the nut family, hazelnuts have unsaturated fat, and are extremely rich in protein and vitamins. They can be eaten raw, roasted, in a paste, or as a cooking oil. Hazelnuts are also extremely popular in coffee creamers and fancy liqueurs. Eat your way to multiple health benefits with hazelnuts. With their chocolaty and nutty taste, hazelnuts are a great addition to any diet.

But, Why Hazelnuts?

The hazelnut has an oblong shape and is a bit smaller than an acorn. Hazelnuts are often also used in praline, a confection made from nuts and sugary syrup. Praline tastes like chocolate, and hazelnuts enhance the flavor. Hazelnut paste can be enjoyed alone, on bananas, or as a sandwich. It is especially nutritious when peanut butter is added.

This little nut is a powerhouse of nutritional goodness. Native Americans added the nut to a tea to cure hives, and to reduce fever. The bark can be used as a poultice to close wounds, treat tumors, and sores, or so it is believed. You can use hazelnut oil on the skin as a moisturizer and sunscreen. It is often utilized in aromatherapy and massage. Because it’s edible, the oil can also be used as a salad dressing.

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Here is a list of some of the surprising benefits of hazelnuts:

1. Delicious Heart Health

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    Isn’t it wonderful when something tastes great and is good for you? This description suits hazelnuts. The unsaturated fats lower LDL’s, the “bad” cholesterol, in the blood. Lowering LDL’s means lowering heart attack and stroke risks.

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    2. Edible Cancer Prevention

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      Due to its richness in Vitamin E, preliminary studies show that hazelnuts can prohibit the growth of cancer in the bladder and other areas. Hazelnuts are also magnesium-rich. Consumption of hazelnuts has been shown to positively affect enzymes in the mitochondria.

      3. Enhanced Muscles

      Packed with protein, hazelnuts feed your muscles. Build up strength through adding muscles to your diet. More muscle means that fat is burned faster, and most people have an easier time losing or maintaining a healthy weight.

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      4. Savory Skin Health

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        Enriched with Vitamin E, hazelnuts help protect against the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays. Benefits are also reaped through protection against skin cancers, and reversing the effects of skin aging. Who knew getting healthy could taste so great?

        5. Delectable Bone Health

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          Magnesium is key in building health bones and, fortunately, hazelnuts are very rich in magnesium. New bones are grown and old bones are strengthened. This is especially important for older women who are at risk for osteoporosis.

          6. Pleasant Health to the Nervous System

          Hazelnuts also provide a surprising lift to the nervous system. Seratonin, melatonin, and epinephrine all effect mood and the sleep cycle. The Vitamin B6 in hazelnuts enriches these chemical connections in the brain.

          7. Exquisite Digestive Health

          Magnesium-rich hazelnuts are credited in the digestion of fatty acids and bad cholesterol. Enzymes are produced that further metabolize protein and carbohydrates. High fiber contents also aid in digestion and colon health.

          8. Palatable Antioxidants

          Antioxidants play a very important role in overall health. Free-radicals prevent the cells from being properly oxygenated and as a result illness occurs. A build up of free-radicals cause a domino effect in the body, infecting other cells, and leading to serious diseases.

          9. Rich in Vitamin B

          Hazelnuts provide a healthy burst of needed energy in the body. Additionally, these benefits play an important role in metabolism and digestive health. Vitamin B is naturally found in hazelnuts, and assist in weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.

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          Last Updated on January 3, 2020

          The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

          The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

          Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

          The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

          1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

          Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

           I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

          To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

          And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

           2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

          Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

          3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

          Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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          4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

          The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

          5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

          Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

          6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

          Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

          7. Positive people smile a lot!

          When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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          8. People who are positive are great communicators.

          They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

          9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

          One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

          10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

          Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

          How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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          I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

          Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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