Avocados being high in healthy fat and a plethora of vitamins and minerals top the list of must-have foods. The high fiber content and vitamin-C present in them promote easier bowel movements preventing constipation. These properties also enhance the colon-health keeping any infections or hemorrhoids at bay.
Avocados protect the heart with their fiber, oleic acid, and potassium. Eaten with healthy fats, they can lower the bad LDL levels by 13.5 mg/dl and aid in weight loss. Toss them with colorful veggie salads to get more eye-protective antioxidants. As avocados fight inflammation, they can be added to diets for atherosclerosis, early-stage Alzheimer's, arthritis, and cancer. Eat 50 g avocado flesh a day, scraped close to the peel.
Full of healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants, avocados do not just work wonders for your health, they are great for your skin too. When applied topically, the fresh pulp, can help moisturize dry skin, reduce acne flare-ups, heal minor cuts and nicks. Avocado oil may also protect skin from sun damage and even add years to your aging skin.
Those who eat avocados snack less and are physically active--two sure-fire ways to lose weight. The monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) in the fruit boost your metabolism, keep belly fat away, and lower the LDL cholesterol levels in the body. And just half an avocado can keep you full for 5 hours. Eat the fruit daily.
More nutritious than an apple or a banana, even 1/4 of an avocado can give a 7- to 12-month baby a healthy bowel. A half can meet 100% of her folate and 86% of vitamin B6 requirement. Being a complete source of protein, it has the 10 essential amino acids a baby needs from food and also has minerals like potassium and magnesium. But give your baby avocado puree only after she crosses 6 months.
Blend 1 cup mango and 1 avocado, both peeled, deseeded, and chopped up, 1/4 cup milk, 2 tbsps honey, and 2 tsps lime juice into a smoothie to lower harmful LDL cholesterol levels. For good health, drink an antioxidant-rich juice of 1/4 avocado, peeled, deseeded, and chopped up, 1 grated carrot, 1/2 cup orange juice, and 1/4 cup water. Retain the green part of the avocado flesh. Don't add sugar; use a sweet fruit or honey.
The dark green part of the avocado near its skin has more helpful antioxidants than its yellow or pale green fleshy parts. It has the highest concentration of carotenoids and chlorophylls, which help fight free radical damage and cancer. Avocado peel also has more phenols and flavonoids, which have a number of health benefits, including preventing nerve degeneration. Scrape out the fruit flesh close to the skin.
To grow the tree from a sapling, plant it in an elevated mound of soil with a pH of 6, in a non-lawn area. Water it 2–3 times a week. Mulch with cocoa bean husk. To grow it from a seed, half submerge the bottom part of the seed in water and keep it in the sun. Change the water every 4 days till the seed sprouts in 8 weeks. Keeping its top half exposed, pot the seed in a 10" diameter terracotta pot. Water enough, and control pests.
An avocado (130 g) a day meets 30% of your folate need for a stronger spine, skull, and brain of the fetus. This high-potassium, low-sodium fruit prevents leg cramps. It also packs in good doses of phosphorus, calcium, iron, and magnesium. As it helps absorb carotenoids better, by 15.3 times, even, toss it into salads and add its oil to salsa to keep your carotenoid levels high. Avocado oleic acid also enriches breast milk.
Avocado leaf has more protein, fiber, minerals, and phytochemicals like flavonoids and phenols than the fruit. It can prevent convulsions, lower the blood glucose level, fight ulcer with its antioxidants, and lower body weight by burning fat stored in adipose tissues. The leaf has a licorice or anise-like flavor but can be bitter. So start with one raw or freshly toasted leaf of the Mexican variety to flavor soups, as salad dressing, and as tea.
Avocado seed decoctions are popular in South American cultures to treat diabetes, diarrhea, kidney stones, and even snakebite. Add the antioxidant-rich seed powder to your smoothie to lower BP and cholesterol, manage diabetes, and protect kidney and liver tissues. Start with 1/2 tsp and limit daily consumption to half a seed. Apply the seed paste on your skin to prevent UV damage and to cure fungal infections.
All parts of the avocado fruit and the tree contain persin, a chemical toxic to cows, horses, birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, or fish. While its effects vary for different animals, it generally induces nausea; digestive problems; edema, or fluid accumulation in various tissues and cavities in the body; heart, lungs, and kidney problems; and even coma. As the lethal dose isn't known, stop giving the fruit to your pets altogether.
A typical avocado contains: fatty acids that show anti-cancer effects, lower cholesterol, and protect your heart and liver; a sugar that regulates blood sugar; carbs that are actually 79% fibers and prevent heart disease, reduce inflammation, and regulate appetite; vitamins that help everything from immunity to healthy pregnancy; and plant chemicals like carotenoids that help the body absorb antioxidants.
Hundreds of types of avocados, originally from West India, Guatemala, or Mexico, or their hybrids, are cultivated in America. While the Guatemalan x West Indian hybrids dominate Florida, the Guatemalan x Mexican hybrids dominate California. Of the many cultivars, Hass, with an 18–22 percent oil content, is the best, closely followed by the Fuerte variety that has a rich flavor and contains 12–17 percent oil.
Because it has 63% oleic acid, avocado pulp or oil, when applied topically, eases inflammation, heals wounds, and helps cell regeneration. It can even heal psoriasis or eczema. Its fatty alcohol and vits C and E check UV damage and skin cancer and help repair DNA. With its antioxidants fighting free radical damage and vits, fats, and plant chemicals fortifying the skin's collagen, avocados keep your skin supple and youthful.
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