Next to the olive, the avocado is the second fruit with the highest mono-unsaturated fatty acids content at 20%, which amounts to almost twenty times that of any other fruit. This leads many to believe that eating avocados won’t promote healthy weight-loss.
This is far from the truth! The mono-unsaturated fats and nutrition that an avocado offers can greatly increase your metabolic rate, and reduce overeating. A majority of the fat content in an avocado is the health-promoting mono-unsaturated fat, with only a small amount of polyunsaturated and saturated fats.
The sodium content in avocados and its low sugar content and absence of starch make it an ideal fruit for hypoglycemics and diabetics. It is also one of the richest source of fiber among all fruits and vegetables. It is packed with vitamins A, several B-complex, especially B3, powerful anti-oxidants like vitamins C and E, folate, calcium, iron, and potassium. There is three times the amount of potassium content in an avocado, then that of a banana. Other essential minerals are iron and copper for the blood, phosphorus and magnesium.
It’s time we take a good look at the healing benefits of this fruit:
Bad breath: An avocado is one of the best natural mouth wash and a remedy for bad breath. It is effective in removing intestinal putrefactions or decomposition which are the real cause of a coated tongue and this unpleasant condition.
Beauty aid: Oil extracted from the avocado is used in a variety of beauty products. These include creams, cleansers and moisturizers to prevent the ageing effect of dehydration; bath oils, shampoos, scalp conditioner and hair tonic.
Blood pressure: The high potassium and folate content in avocado helps to regulate blood pressure, protecting your body against circulatory diseases, heart problems and stroke.
Cholesterol: An avocado contains oleic and linoleic acids that are effective in lowering the LDL cholesterol and increasing the healthy HDL cholesterol.
Eyesight/vision: The potent anti-oxidant content in avocado helps neutralize free radicals that are important for improving eyesight and prevent eye problems like astigmatism, cataracts and glaucoma.
Fetal development: The high folate content is important and necessary for healthy fetal cell and tissue development.
Immune system: Regular consumption of avocados strengthens the body’s immune system.
Kidney stones: Consumption of the high-potassium content fruit helps to reduce urinary calcium excretion, lowering the risk of stones forming in the kidney.
Morning sickness: The vitamin B6 helps relieve nausea and queasiness associated with pregnancy.
Muscle and nerve: The high potassium content helps balance our body’s electrolytes, aids muscle activity, nerve function and energy metabolism.
Prostate cancer: Studies have shown that certain unique phytonutrient substances in avocados have been known to help prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells and may even help repair the damaged cells.
Psoriasis: The avocado oil is beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis. Apply regularly on affected parts to remove the scales.
Incorporate the use of avocados in your diet, and you will notice a difference in your health, as well as your figure!