Avocado

23 11 2010

Health Benefits of Eating Avocados

Health Benefits:

  • Avocado is rich in monounsaturated fat, which some studies show to actually help reduce cholesterol.  A week long study involving 45 volunteers who ate avocados everyday reported an average 17% drop in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides, and an 11% increase in HDL  cholesterol (good cholesterol) levels.
  • Avocados contain glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease.
  • Avocados are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, which help to prevent age related mascular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Avocado is rich in folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t.  It is also important for pregnant women to eat folate rich foods because it is necessary for healthy fetal cell and tissue development.
  • Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, which is not only essential for the normal functioning of the body but is also a potent anti-oxidant which protects polyunsaturated fatty acids in cell membranes from free-radical attack.
  • Avocado is a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. Adequate intake of potassium can help guard against circulatory diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke. The potassium content and calories of an avocado is three times that of a banana.
  • Avocado is used to help people who have sexual problems because it is rich in healthy fat which is essential to normal functioning of the sexual organ.
  • Avocado is effective in removing intestinal putrefaction or decomposition which is the real cause of bad breath.
  • Avocados contain good amounts of Vitamin C (necessary for the production of collagen needed for the growth of new cells and tissues, prevents viruses from penetrating cell membranes, and also a powerful anti-oxidant.

Avocado oil:

  • Avocado oil is a more effective sunscreen than most plant oil.
  • Avocado oil strengthens the skin by stimulating collagen, thereby reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture.
  • Avocados are also rich in vitamin E, a free radical scavenger that will assist in slowing the aging process.
  • Avocado oil has better skin penetration than almond, olive, or soy oil.
  • The avocado oil is beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis. Apply regularly on affected parts to remove the scales.

Important Thing to Know About Avocados:

  • Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn’t include avocados.
  • Avocado flesh that is exposed to air can quickly turn to brown color because of its high iron content; you can prevent this from happening by sprinkling it with some lemon juice.
  • Unlike most fruits, avocados start to ripen only after being cut from the tree. In fact, the mature fruit can be left on the tree for six months without spoiling. Once picked, however, a green avocado will ripen in a few days.
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