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Natural wonder - avocado

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Avocadoes are definitely a superfood. Right from the skin to the pulp, the entire fruit is loaded with nutrition, which has some wonderful health benefits. The key nutrients present in avocadoes are:

  • Fiber
  • Potassium  
  • Vitamin E
  • Oleic acid
  • Lutein
  • Folic acid

Have a look at how these nutrients are beneficial to you

Nourish yourself with vitamin E

Yes, avocadoes are brilliant sources of vitamin E, which provide holistic nourishment to your body.  It has a significant positive impact especially on your heart, eyes and skin.

Have avocadoes to manage weight

It’s because they are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and fibres. You tend to feel full after eating avocadoes and the healthy fats increase your metabolism. Apart from this, other minerals and vitamins contained in avocado also suffice your daily nutritional need.

Crucial for your cardiovascular health

Oleic acid, folate, vitamin E, potassium and phytosterols contribute to improving your cardiovascular health. It regulates blood pressure, lowers bad cholesterol levels, reduces cholesterol absorption, and cuts down risks of strokes and heart diseases (coronary artery disease).

Healthy food for diabetics

Monounsaturated fatty acids can be useful for reversing insulin resistance (main reason behind development of type 2 diabetes). Apart from this, avocadoes are rich in dietary fibres which also help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Glutathione has anti aging properties

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Avocados are enriched with glutathione, a powerful antioxidant capable of preserving age. It can slow down the overall aging process, boost immunity and improve health of nervous system.

Protects against Alzheimer’s disease

Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a clinical neuroscientist and and author of the New York Times bestseller “Change Your Brain” has said that, “avocados as one of the top brain-healthy foods that can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease”. It is due to presence of vitamin E, folate and omega-3-fatty acids.

Natural treatment for arthritis

Avocado oil is used for treatment of osteoarthritis. Doctors assume that it’s the excellent combination of vitamin E, vitamin C, phytosterols, carotenoids, and monounsaturated fatty acids that bring about promising benefit in reducing inflammation of arthritis.  

Lowers risks of cancers

High concentration of lutein, oleic acid and carotenoids can inhibit growth of cancer cells. Avocadoes are known to offer protection against oral, breasts and prostate cancer.

Have wonderful benefits on the skin

Vitamin E protects your skin from sun damage while vitamin C improves elasticity of your skin. The monounsaturated fats reduce inflammation and repair damaged skin. Vitamin E also adds shine and radiance to your skin and hair. The pulp of the fruit is an excellent natural exfoliant for the skin.

Promotes health of eyes

Avocadoes contain the natural carotenoid- lutein. This is a carotenoid that protects your eyes against cataracts, infections and lowers risks of age related macular degeneration.

Recommended during pregnancy

It’s due to presence of large amounts of folates that avocadoes form an excellent food for pregnant moms. Folic acids gear up development of fetal spine and boost growth of tissues and cells.

Necessary for health of stomach

The enzymes and nutrients in avocado protect the stomach and the mucous lining of the small intestine. It improves body’s nutrient absorbing ability and cures dysentery, diarrhea and constipation.

Make sure you know how to eat avocado in the right way without destroying its nutrition. All the best!

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 17, 2015