Aveleira, Avelinier, Avellana, Avellano, Cobnut, Corylus avellana, Corylus heterophylla, Coudrier, European Filbert, European Hazel, Haselnuss, Haselstrauch, Hazel, Hazel Nut, Noisetier, Noisetier Commun, Noisetier du Japon, Noisette, Noisettes.
Hazelnut is the nut from the hazel tree. People use it as medicine.
Hazelnut oil is used to lower cholesterol and as an antioxidant.
People commonly eat hazelnuts as food.
How does it work?
Hazelnut contains oil, protein, and fiber. There isn’t enough information to know how hazelnut might work for medicinal uses.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- High cholesterol.
- Use as an antioxidant.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
Hazelnut seems to be safe for most people in food amounts. But some people are allergic to hazelnuts and have had serious allergic reactions including life-threatening breathing problems (anaphylaxis). Hazelnuts have also been associated with one reported outbreak of botulism from contaminated yogurt.
Allergies: People who are allergic to peanuts, mugwort pollen, Brazil nut, birch pollen, and macadamia nut might also be allergic to hazelnut.
The appropriate dose of hazelnut depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for hazelnut. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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