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Benefits of Avocado

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Avocado is one of the nutritious and healthiest foods available in this universe . Avocadoes contain more than 22 nutrients essential for our body like vitamin A , B , C , E , K , copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and potassium. Avocados also contain protein, fiber, and several beneficial phytochemicals such as glutathione, beta-sitosterol and lutein, which may protect us against different types of disease and illness.


Some of the health benefits of Avocados are given below:

It keeps our heart healthy:

Avocado contains folic acid and vitamin B6 . This regulates the homocysteine levels in body. Higher levels of Homocysteine is linked to increased risk of heart disease. Avocado also contains vitamin E , glutathione and mono -unsaturated fast which keep the heart healthy .

It Helps Lower the cholesterol levels

Avocados contain one compound in sufficient quantity which is known as beta-sitosterol . It is very effective in lowering the blood cholesterol levels. According to a study conducted in America , patients with mild hypercholesterolemia were given a diet for about 12 days which included avocados. It was found that they had 18 percent decrease in total blood cholesterol levels, a 20 percent decrease in both LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels, and a 10 percent increase in HDL (good cholesterol) levels.

Avocados Control blood pressure

As Avocados are a very rich source of potassium, they help regulate the blood pressure levels in your body to a great extent.

Avocadoes act as Anti-Inflammatory
 

There are two compound present in avocadoes which are called P olyphenols and flavonoids. These are phytonutrient which have anti-inflammatory properties, so they reduce the risk of inflammatory and degenerative disorders.

Avocados keep eyes healthy

Avocados are a rich source of carotenoid lutein. This compound is known to protect our eyes against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Avocados control blood sugar levels

Avocados have soluble fiber in it which keeps a steady blood sugar levels. The monounsaturated fats in avocados help to control the blood sugar levels.

It Prevents birth defects

Avocados contain a compound called folate. This is the the folic acid (found in Vitamin B) . One small bowl of avocado supplies you about 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. The high value of folate in avocado helps in the prevention of birth defects, such as spina bifida and neural tube defect .

It Reduce riskof Heart Attack

The folate (folic acid) present in avocadoes protect us against heart attacks . As per a study conducted , it is found that the people who ate a folatet rich diet had a lower risk of stroke than other non-consumers of folate.

It Protects against cancer

Studies have shown that avocadoes stop growth of prostate cancer in men . And in women the oleic acid present in avocadoes can stop the growth of breast cancer.

It helps Fight free radicalsand detoxify body

Avocados contain a compound called glutathione. This is an antioxidants that helps fight free radicals in the body.

Anti-aging properties

Being very rich in antioxidants, avocado is helpful in preventing aging symptoms. The glutathione compound present in avocado boosts our immune systems. It is shown to slow the aging process and develops a healthy nervous system.

It Cures bad breath

Avocados is a very good natural mouth wash . It relieves you from bad breath by cleansing the intestine. By eating Avocadoes continuously , you can get rid of coated tongue also.

Avocadoes help easy and higher nutrient absorption

A study has shown that, when participants ate salads including avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids ( nutrient group that include beta carotene and lycopene) than those who did not eat avocados.Avocado consumption helps us in an increased nutrient absorption.

For Skin Care

The oil extracted from is mixed in many cosmetics and creams as it has the ability to nourish and glow the skin. It is helpful in treating psoriasis, a disease of skin that causes redness and irritation.

It can help gain Weight

Normal fruits give about 70 to 80 calories per gram. But Avocado gives 200 calories per 100 grams. So , Avocado is best diet for people who want to gain weight. Moreover as Avocado contains lot of healthy nutrients , it gives healthy calories as compared to some other fruits , which give more of fats and sugar.



Risks and precautions of Avocadoes

Avocadoes cause allergy in some people. But it is vey rare.

A case report on Avocado allergies has been published in the journal Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology . As per this report avocado allergies are associated with "coughing, wheezing, nasal stuffiness, generalized urticaria and periorbitaledema."

Please consult your doctor I you begin experiencing any un-pleasant side effects after consuming avocados.

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Last Modified: February 08, 2015 05:08 PM
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