The Health Benefits of Avocados

Avocados are grown in tropical climates around the world. They originated in Mexico. In South America they are known as “the apple of the winter.” The avocado is also known as the butter pear or alligator pear. It is a native to South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The avocado is a large berry that contains a large seed. They grow on trees and their flowers are greenish-yellow. Mexico produces over one million ton of avocados a year. One tree can produce over 120 avocados a year. With its nutty taste, it is a popular addition to many meals, salads and dips. It can be eating alone or added as an ingredient to many healthy smoothies. If you have never eaten an avocado, you may want to consider it because this fruit contains many health benefits.



The Health Benefits of Avocados

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The avocado has a smooth creamy texture. It is popular in vegetarian dishes. Because of its high fat content it is an excellent substitute for meats. The popular Mexican dip is called guacamole. It contains avocados. Avocados are also added to chicken dishes, salads, and they are most often eaten fresh with a little dash of salt. In some parts of the world, they are often added to milk shakes, ice cream and other desserts.

Avocados are a natural antiseptic because of their anti-bacterial properties, in which they prevent cuts and bruises from getting infected. This fruit can even be effective in treating stomach ulcers. The anti-bacterial properties can also help you treat your skin conditions such as athlete’s foot, boils, burns, foot ulcers, leg ulcers and surgical wounds from getting infected. Not only that, it is also an excellent skin moisturizer and softener. If you suffer from dry skin and psoriasis, using lotions that contain avocados can treat these conditions.

Avocados are excellent for your hair.  They help keep your hair conditioned, treat split ends and make it easier to manage your hair.  While you can make a paste of this fruit and rub it into your scalp, you can also purchase shampoos and conditioner that contain avocado oil.

High cholesterol and high blood pressure go hand in hand.  Eating foods that aid in lowering your cholesterol also has a direct impact of lowering your blood pressure. The American Heart Association states that food that contains high fiber content plays a key role in reducing blood pressure. Avocados are rich in fiber which helps absorb fat and cholesterol and helps remove it from the body. The fiber found in avocados also fills you up and makes you feel full for a longer period of time. Since avocados are also high in potassium, they are excellent if you are watching your blood pressure since both of these minerals play a role in lowering blood pressure. Not only are avocados an excellent way to build bone density because of it high levels of calcium, this mineral plays also plays a major role in lowering the amounts of bad cholesterol in your blood.

You give your blood pressure as extra boost, because avocados are also an excellent source of magnesium which plays a key role in lowering blood pressure.  When we do not have enough magnesium in our daily diets (320 milligrams for females or 420 for males) we run the risk of getting high blood pressure.  Magnesium is needed for normal blood pressure and when we eat foods that are rich in magnesium, such as avocados, we will have lower blood pressure.

Avocados are also high in zinc. If you want to maintain good eyesight and prevent conditions such as myocardial infarction include this fruit in your daily diet.

Avocados help stimulate the production of the red blood cells in the body. An anemic person benefits from eating this fruit because it is high in iron. Not only does this fruit increase the number of red blood cells and make them stronger, it improves the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the entire circulation system.

Avocados boost the immune system because they contain Vitamin C. If you have a cold or the flu, eating leaf vegetables can help fight the symptoms. You can even prevent yourself from getting sick in the first place by including this fruit in your daily diet.

Avocados are loaded with Vitamin B. Thiamin, or Vitamin B1, helps “helps the body’s cells change carbohydrates into energy” (medlineplus). This helps speed up metabolism and the rate in which we lose weight. Riboflavin-Vitamin B2-helps boost your immune system and increase the energy in your body as well as “maintaining healthy hair, skin, mucous membranes, and nails; slowing aging; boosting athletic performance; promoting healthy reproductive function” (WebMD). Niacin-Vtamin B3- also plays a role in turning our food into energy. In addition to this, it helps raise the level of good cholesterol (High Density Lipoprotein or HDL).

Including avocados in your daily diet is an excellent way to boost up your metabolism and lose weight. The pantothenic acid-or Vitamin B5-found in avocados helps remove toxins from the body by making them more water soluble where the kidney flush them out with urine. This helps speed up the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and protein. By eating a cup of this fruit you will notice that your energy will increase and that you will become more active. Eventually you will notice that your pants will feel looser on you since this fruit will suppress your appetite and make you feel full.

If you are trying to lose weight, another reason to include avocados in your daily diet are because they are low in calories and are an excellent source of protein. If you work out at a gym, you want to have protein in your diet. The protein is needed to build muscle mass and to maintain it. When you have larger muscles, the body burns more calories. Even if you are not into body building, if you want to lose weight, including body toning exercises with your diet will help you burn off that body fat faster.

Avocados are a major source of Vitamin B6. This vitamin is  necessary in reducing the chances of getting heart disease, lowering the amount of bad cholesterol in our bodies, unclogging arteries and “reducing blood levels of homocysteine, a chemical that might be linked to heart disease“ (WebMD). Higher levels of homocysteine are one of the main causes of damage to the blood vessels and blood clots. Since avocados are also a good source of folate, which also helps lowers the levels of homocysteine, by including this frut in your diet, you may decrease the chance of getting a heart attack by at least thirty present.

The Vitamin B9 found in avocados helps with brain function. If you are a high school or college student, chances are you take tests. Maybe you have no problem studying for a test and taking it. However, you may be other type of person who cannot memorize anything. You may have studied and prepared for weeks. However, when you go to take the test, you draw a complete blank. Eating avocados helps strengthens your cognitive abilities. Not only will you memory be improved, you may notice that your hand-eye coordination has improved as well.

You can find avocados in most grocery stores because they are grown in many countries. While they thrive in tropical regions in China, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia and Peru, they are also grown in the United States. About 90 percent of the avocados grown in the Unites States come from Fallbrook, California which is often referred to the avocado capital of the world (Fallbrook-California).

References:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallbrook,_California

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002401.htm



http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredient






  • Comments

    1. Profile photo of Lois Ryan
      Lois Ryan Post author

      I have to agree. Local grown fruit is not so bad but if you have fruit that has to be shipped from a long distance it can be costly. I got a four ounce container of dried Goji berries at my Wegmans and it cost almost $10. Dragon Fruit is a little cheaper.

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      Jo Pin

      I don’t eat Avocados unless it’s used as flavor in ice cream or avocado cake. No question about its health benefit including the leaves and bark.

    3. Profile photo of Tania K Cowling
      Tania K Cowling

      I love avocado and try to eat a slice or two daily for the healthy fat it contains. We have grown the Florida green ones in our yard, but I truly prefer the Haas type that are found in California.

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      Coral Levang

      When I lived in Guam a friend of mine had an avocado tree and we used to get the bags of them. They were not the littler ones they were the huge ones, which I don’t think he has much flavor, but they were avocados none the less! I love them.

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