Avocados really need little or no introduction. It is one fruit that is found in the world over. Most interesting about this delicious fruit is its nutritious value and health impacts in the human body.
The Avocado fruit is a one-stop shop for a healthy diet and a secret-beauty ingredient. Check out these health benefits for which you might want to consider making the Avocado a consistent addition to your diet.
1. Low Calorie:
Avocados are low-calorie fatty food/fruit. It contains the oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fat that reduces the bad fat and increases the healthy fat. Study says the oleic acid reduces the bad cholesterol- Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) by 22% while it increases the High-density Lipoprotein (HDL) by 11%. Thus it is good for heart health – lowers your cholesterol, reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
2. Relief For Arthritis Conditions:
Avocados contain anti-inflammatory properties – polyhydroxylated fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants – that help to calm pains in arthritis conditions.
3. Improves Vision:
Avocados Contain antioxidants such as carotenoid, Lutein and Zeaxanthin that keep the eye in check against eye defects like cataracts and also protects them from Ultraviolet damage. It is amazing to know that these visual-friendly antioxidants are fat soluble; and avocados contain fats to propagate their metabolism.
4. Weight Loss:
Since avocados contain the healthy kind of fats, this makes it a good food to try out during a weight loss program. The fat and fibre contents help to make us feel fuller, delays hunger, improves digestion and breaks down the metabolism of carbohydrates in the body.
5. Battles Constipation:
Still on the fibre benefits, the fibre content also helps to remedy constipation conditions. Avocados contain soluble fibres which regulates intestinal mechanisms and generally improves body function.
6. Cancer Prevention:
The phytochemicals in avocados are helpful in preventing cancers especially in cases of mouth, skin and prostate cancers. Avocados also reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.
7. Nutrient Absorption:
In combination with other foods, the fat content of avocados help in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins- Vitamins A, D, E & K- in the diet
8. Healthy Fetal Formation:
For pregnant women, the intake of avocados, add up to the necessary amount of folates – which helps to protect the fetus from health/heart defects and malformation.
9. Radiant Skin:
Avocados are good for skin and hair care. They contain:
- Vitamin C – keeps the skin cells safe from free radicals, UV rays, and serves as a skin remedy for rashes, blemishes and acne.
- Vitamin E – helps in blood circulation, smoothens the scalp and aids in hair growth.
- Vitamin K – gets rid of dark eye marks.
For beauty treatments they are applied directly on the face as face masks.
10. Rich In Potassium:
Potassium rich foods lower blood pressure (hypertension); reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. Avocados help prevent hypokalemia – a potassium deficiency in the blood.