The avocado has been tagged as a super fruit. It contains a lot of vitamins and minerals which are not only good for the body but has been known to lessen the occurrence of a number of ailments.
Avocado is a South American fruit. They are popularly known for being used in salads, as dips (guacamole) and as spreads. In Asia, this is used to prepare shakes with milk and ice.
The fruit’s inner part is yellow but near the skin, it is green. This green portion has been known to have other nutrients so that it is recommended that the fruit is peeled with the hand to take advantage of its additional nutrients.
Following are the health benefits that we can derive from avocados:
- Enhances foetal growth in pregnant women. Avocados are rich in folic acid which aids in rapid cell division and growth. Additionally, folate decreases the instance of neural tube defects in developing embryos.
- Helps control blood pressure. Avocado has potassium which helps in controlling blood pressure levels. Studies show that avocados have higher potassium levels than bananas.
- Contains phytonutrient compounds which have anti-inflammatory properties. Phytonutrients have been proven to decrease incidences of degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s.
- Increases nutrient absorption. Vitamin B6, which is present in avocados, is needed in about 100 enzyme reactions involved with regulating your metabolism. So having regular servings of avocado which is also rich in Vitamin B6 is important to aid in the metabolic processes.
- Prevents cell damage. Avocados have carotenoids antioxidant molecules. These antioxidants prevent the oxidation of molecules which produces free radicals. If oxidation happens, these can result to cell damage, and in extreme cases, to diseases like cancer.
- Helps lower cholesterol levels. Beta sitosterol, a compound in avocados have been proven to significantly reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol to patients who have been served regular doses of avocado.
- Promotes good eye health. Avocados are a good source of carotenoid lutein which helps in the prevention of macular degeneration, a disease characterized by failing eyesight.
- Helps slow the aging process. The antioxidants in avocado boost the immune system and kill free radicals which may damage cells. Thus, tissue replacement is enhanced and may be evident in glowing skin.
- Helps maintain a healthy heart. Vitamin B6 and folic acid helps regulate homocysteine, a non-protein amino acid, which elevated levels may induce heart attacks and strokes, and blood clots.
- Helps control bad breath. Bad breath is actually caused by poor digestion and emanates from the intestines. Having regular servings of avocado, which is very high in fiber, cleanses the intestines and acts as a natural mouthwash.
- A good source of good fatty acids. Although avocado is rich in fats, it is the monosaturated type which helps lower blood cholesterol levels and diabetes. 100 grams of avocado has thrice more calories than other fruits, so it is good not to over indulge with avocadoes, unless you are looking to gain weight.
The avocado is considered as a superfood not only because it provides us with the nutrients and compounds necessary for promoting good health but regular consumption of this fruit also helps in preventing a number of diseases related to cell degeneration.
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