This pear shaped fruit, also known as “Alligator pear” grows on a tree that is native to Central Mexico. Avocados provide close to 20 essential nutrients, among which there are Vitamin E, potassium, fiber, folic acid, B-vitamins, Zinc and many other. And despite being high in fat, avocado is one of the most beneficial fruits you can eat.
Here are 8 benefits you’ll get from eating avocado:
1. It has anti Inflammatory properties
Avocado has high content of carotenoid antioxidants, including beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, lutein, neoxanthin, neochrome, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, violaxanthin , beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. It also has minerals like zinc, manganese,and selenum and Omega 3 fatty acids. This makes it a highly anti inflammatory fruit that helps in reducing the risk of inflammatory and degenerative disorders.
2. Heart health benefits
High level of homocysteine is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Avocado contains folic acid and vitamin B6, which are known to regulate homocysteine levels. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for maintaining a healthy heart.
3. Lower high blood pressure
Because of the high content of potassium it has, the avocado can help in lowering high blood pressure.
4. Lower cholesterol levels
Beta-sitosterol is a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and it’s found in avocados. In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating this fruit for only one week.
5. Better Nutrient Absorption
Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. This is the case with fat-soluble phytonutrients that require a certain combination and amount of dietary fats to be absorbed.
6. Balance hormone levels
Certain fats are necessary for fat metabolism and fat breakdown as well as for hormone production. Essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6) in their organic state benefit us in numerous ways, and one of these ways is the production of hormones; primarily steroid hormones such as testosterone, cortisol, estrogen and progesterone. Avocado is high in fats, and yes those are the “good” fats.
7. Control blood sugar
The good (monounsaturated) fats in avocados that we mentioned above can help in keeping your blood sugar in check by improving insulin sensitivity. Another benefit is the high presence of dietary fiber that increases the time of carbohydrates digestion.
8. Helps your body fight free radicals
Being rich in antioxidants, avocado helps the body fight free radicals and prevent aging symptoms. The glutathione in avocado may boosts immune systems, slows aging process, and encourages a healthy nervous system.