By Underground Health Reporter

“Where avocados grow, hunger or malnutrition has no friends.” – as the Mayan Indians say.

Avocados have been given a bad rap for years.  They have been labelled as a high fat/high calorie food that you should avoid. But the long-held belief that avocados are bad for you is now being disproved by scientists. Evidence proves that avocados are an antioxidant-rich fruit that enhances heart health, lowers cholesterol and improves skin.

Avocados Are Rich

In Vitamins and Minerals

A few of the nutrients found in a single avocado that are so crucial to total body health include:

  • Beta-carotene
  • Lutein
  • Vitamins B6, C, E and K
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Flutathione
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

9 Reasons To Eat Avocado Daily

The total body health benefits of an avocado can change your life.

  1. Avocados contain the 18 amino acids required to form complete protein that is used more efficiently by the body than proteins found in meat.
  2. Avocados contain more natural fiber than any other fruit. This high fiber content aids in digestion and total body absorption of nutrients.
  3. Healthy fats found in avocados raise “good” cholesterol (HDL) while lowering “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides by 20%.
  4. Avocados contain 35% more potassium than a banana. Potassium is important because it regulates blood pressure.
  5. Avocados provide the lutein necessary to protect you from age-related eye degeneration (or age-related macular degeneration, AMD).
  6. The anti-inflammatory properties of avocados prevent and/or treat rheumatoid arthritis.
  7. Sufficient amounts of oleic acid improve your cardiovascular system and protect against cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer.
  8. Vitamin B6 and folic acid control homocysteine levels – high quantities of homocysteine are linked to an increased risk of death from heart disease.
  9. Glutathione found in avocados boosts your body’s immune system and keeps your nervous system healthy.

One scientist conducted a recent study on the health benefits of avocados.  What Christian Cortés-Rojo, a researcher at Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in Morelia, Michoacán, México found was that avocado consumption could improve the health status of diabetic and other patients.

The promising results came after treating simple yeast cells with avocado oil. These cells survived severe free radical damage (higher than levels common in most human diseases).

He then added, “In some Mediterranean countries, low or almost no appearance of these kinds of diseases has been associated with the high olive oil consumption. Olive oil has a fat composition similar to that found in avocado oil. Therefore, avocado oil could eventually be referred to as the olive oil of the Americas.”

Avocado Health Benefits

The secret to glowing skin, is avocado inside and out! Listed according to a study at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

  • One of nature’s most effective moisturizers is avocados!
  • Avocado increase collagen production.
  • Avocados reduce the size and appearance of wrinkles.

To reap beautiful and glowing skin, sow the seed of an avocado!  Mash the avocado pulp and apply it as a masque directly to your skin. Avocado contains some of the best anti-aging amino acids and antioxidants used in many anti-aging creams. The pulp closest to the avocado skin has the highest concentration of nutrients. Scrape it off and apply it directly to your skin for soft, supple results.

The healthy fat in avocado moisturizes, repairs distress and inflammation, and protects your skin from future damage.  The oil from the avocado is the closest to the human body’s natural skin oil. So, use avocado oil if you:

  • Suffer from dry spots caused by sunburn or eczema
  • Have been diagnosed with psoriasis

In Central and South America, every part of the avocado is considered important.

  • Avocado oil is used to protect the skin from blistering sun, and harsh winds and rain.
  • Avocado oil is used  on lips to prevent chapping.
  • The avocado skin, pulp and seed have been used to treat constipation, dandruff, bruises and wounds.

In addition to making your skin glow, avocados health benefits are also a main source of dietary nutrition!

Avocados used to have a bad reputation for being a fatty food, but they are finally getting the recognition and credit they deserve as a super food for total body health and anti-aging!

Avocados are a nutritious and complete superfood, to include in your daily diet.

Have a avocado recipe to share?  My best friend puts avocados on her eggs in the morning!  How would you eat an avocado a day?


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