1 – Avocados for Blood Pressure
Avocados have 35% more potassium than bananas. The potassium in avocados helps in controlling blood pressure by reducing the effects of sodium, which can increase blood pressure.
2 – Avocados for Cholesterol
The oils present in avocado include linoleic acid and oleic acid, which can help lower cholesterol levels. Individuals having high cholesterol that were put on an avocado rich diet for 7 days exhibited a significant reduction in triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, as well as a considerable increase in HDL cholesterol. Avocados are a good source of betasitosterol, and studies have found that betasitosterol reduces LDL cholesterol.
3 – Avocados for Arthritis
The fatty acids and antioxidants in avocados give the fruit anti-inflammatory properties which can help to relive osteoarthritis symptoms.
There is also some evidence that an avocado and soybean oil extract slows the progression of osteoarthritis and promotes repair of cartilage.
4 – Avocados for Diabetes
Research has revealed that individuals with diabetes who ate a diet consisting mainly of avocados, which is high in monounsaturated-fat, had much better management of their blood glucose and triglycerides in comparison to individuals who ate a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet.
5 – Avocados for Boosting Immune System
Avocados are a good source of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant critical for a healthy immune system.
6 – Avocados for Cancer
Glutathione is an antioxidant found in avocados and there is scientific evidence that glutathione could help prevent some kinds of cancers.
Research has demonstrated that avocado extract inhibits and kill cancer cells, indicating that the consumption of avocados could help protect against cancer. Avocado extract has also been shown to inhibit prostate cancer cell growth in vitro.
7 – Avocados for Healthy Skin
The healthy oils, plus the vitamin C and E combination in avocados help to keep the skin nourished, whether eaten or applied topically.
A study has provided evidence that a vitamin B(12) cream containing avocado oil could reduce psoriasis symptoms.
8 – Avocados for Eyesight
Avocados are a good source of zeaxanthin and lutein, which help to protect against cataracts and age related macular degeneration.
9 – Avocados for Reducing Liver Damage
Research has revealed that avocados contain potent chemicals which could reduce liver damage.
10 – Avocados for Weight Loss
Research has shown that the inclusion of avocado to an energy restricted diet doesn’t compromise weight loss efforts and that the substitution of avocado for margarine or butter can help with reducing calories.
A study of rats has suggested the presence of an appetite suppressant in the avocado fruit.
Nutrients in Avocados
They are a superb source of fiber, as well as monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium and B vitamins.
History of Avocados
Avocados originated in South and Central America and cultivation in the U.S. started in the early 20th century.
Mexico makes up about a third of all avocado cultivation with the U.S. and Chile being the other top avocado producers.