Here is my list of the health benefits you can get from eating avocados.
1. Avocados Are Very Nutritious
Not only is an avocado high in good fats, but also is filled with numerous vitamins and minerals. It’s packed with fiber and doesn’t even contain cholesterol or sodium! A healthy fruit indeed!
Here are some of the most notable vitamins and minerals that you can find in avocado:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
It is said that avocados have more potassium content than bananas.
2. Can Be An Aphrodisiac
Avocados are indirectly in a way an aphrodisiac. Because avocados are rich in saturated fat. Saturated fat is important in the synthesis of testosterone.
3. Avocados Is A Good Source Of Potassium
As I’ve mentioned earlier, avocados contain more potassium compared to the more popular bananas.
The potassium alone in avocados has its significant health benefits like:
- It may help fight hypertension.
- It can reduce pathogenic vascular calcification. This is the hardening of the arteries.
- Reduce the risk of heart attacks, blood clots, and strokes.
Another good delicious source of potassium for me is coconut water. If you’re interested in learning more about its health benefits, you can check my coconut water article here.
4. Improves Liver Health
Avocado in a way helps decrease the symptoms of fatty liver disease caused by high cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.
It can also help in your body’s synthesis of glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals.
5. Avocados Have The Good Fats
Avocados are considered high-fat fruits.
Most of the fats contained in the avocado are oleic acid. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid that’s been associated to reduce inflammations.
6. May Improve Your Arthritis Condition
Speaking of inflammations, nutrients in avocados may help with your arthritis condition, specifically, osteoarthritis.
Nutrients in avocado like carotenoid lutein, oleic acid, and vitamin E can help reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
7. Avocados May Help In The Formation Of Healthy Babies
Avocados are rich in folate which is important for having a healthy pregnancy.
Studies have shown that a significant intake seems to reduce the risk of miscarriages.
8. Rich In Fiber
If you’d like to improve your digestive health or improve your metabolism and lose some weight, you may want to add avocado in your diet.
Avocados aid in digestion and soothe the intestine. It contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. These help the digestive system working smoothly.
Being rich in fiber, it can lessen the symptoms of constipation and diarrhea.
9. Avocados May Fight Depression
Foods that contain folate like avocado may help you fight depression. This is because of folate, it aids in the prevention of the build-up of homocysteine.
Homocysteine is a substance that can reduce the delivery of nutrients to your brain.
10. Decreased Cholesterol Level And Triglyceride Level
Studies are showing that avocados can significantly reduce cholesterol levels. It reduces the bad cholesterol which is the LDL cholesterol while it increases the good cholesterol which is the HDL cholesterol.
It may be because of beta-sitosterol found in avocados. It is said that this helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
It also can reduce blood triglycerides notably.
Improvements in your cholesterol and triglyceride levels will promote a healthy heart. So make sure to eat up your avocados.
11. Avocado Is An Excellent Skin And Hair Care Food
If you have dry skin, try eating more avocados. The nutrients inside avocados can help you improve your skin health.
You may have already noticed skincare products that contain avocado as its ingredient. This just shows how valuable avocados are when it comes to skincare.
12. Helps Absorb Other Nutrients
Some nutrients need to be combined with fat for it to be used. Here is where avocado which is rich in fats comes in.
Avocados are not only highly nutritious by itself but also help other fruits and vegetables’ nutrients be absorbed better.
13. Avocado Improves Eye Health
Consuming avocados may be able to benefit your eye health in the long run. Avocados are rich in antioxidants like carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which are significant for good eye health.
Older adults who regularly eat avocados have shown a decreased risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. These are most likely caused by the free radicals in the tissues of the eyes.
14. Can Aid You Lose Weight
If you’re a regular avocado consumer, you’ve probably noticed already that eating this fruit makes you fuller faster. This will enable you to reduce more calorie intake from other foods.
It’s also high in fiber and low in carbohydrates which I think that most dieticians will highly recommend if you’re trying to lose weight through your diet.
15. Avocados May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
There is a study in Canada that found a compound in avocados that may be able to reduce type 2 diabetes.
The compound avocatin B may be able to stop or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.
Since there is not much research on this I can see online, I think that more studies should be done to make this a more concrete statement.
I do hope that this can be developed and help many diabetes patients.
16. Great At Promoting Heart Health
I’ve already mentioned a few things about avocados that help with cholesterol levels and in effect will lead to better heart health. Here are some more details.
According to research, avocados can decrease the levels of sdLDL, which is a small dense low-density lipoprotein. This particular lipoprotein adds to the accumulation of plaque in the arteries.
But avocados seem to prevent the build-up of fats in the arteries.
I love eating avocado especially if they’re served as a smoothie or you can eat it with powdered milk with some ice to make it colder.
Avocados are not only delicious but also very nutritious. In my list, I especially like that avocados are rich in nutrients and good fats.
I also like the fact that it helps with my arthritis issues. It’s one of the superfoods that I enjoy both the taste and the health benefits it brings.
I hope that we can all get the full health benefits of avocados.
However, there are still super-rare situations wherein you might be allergic or are not allowed to eat avocados so make sure to check with your doctors if you have a rare specific condition.
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