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Health Benefits of Avocados


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Over the years, we have learned exactly why it is important to stay healthy. Of course, this means that we should be eating a healthy diet as well as partaking in regular exercise. As a result, we have seen the rise of many different varieties of fruit and vegetables but perhaps none more so than the avocado. Today, we are going to dig underneath the surface and look at the many health benefits of this great fruit.


Cardio Health - First and foremost, avocado can be used to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease - to this day, this is still the biggest killer in both the US and the UK. Ultimately, it is the unhealthy fats that contribute to this but avocado contains monounsaturated oleic acid which, research has now shown, reduces the level of dangerous LDL cholesterol. What’s more, it even increases the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.


Nutrition - On the whole, avocados are packed with goodies and can contain up to 20 individual minerals and vitamins. In one single serving, avocados can provide the following amounts of one’s RDA within these nutrients; 26% of Vitamin K, 20% of Folate, 17% of Vitamin C, 14% of Vitamins B5 and B6, and 14% of Potassium. Considering this is one single serving, this is a significant amount. In fact, they contain more potassium than bananas!


Fiber - As we know, fiber is important within a balanced diet because it can lower the risk of many health problems, lower blood sugar spikes, and help with weight loss. Containing both soluble and insoluble fiber, avocado will help to keep your gut healthy both now and in the future.


Healthy Fats - Whenever we see the word ‘fat’ these days, we instantly start to panic but you should know that there are such things as ‘healthy fats’. So far, we have mentioned the sheer amount of nutrients within an avocado but this is useless if we cannot absorb them in the body. According to a recent study, the addition of avocados or even just avocado oil in a diet can increase the body’s ability to absorb nutrients dramatically. Therefore it has a double-effect because it provides the nutrients as well as the tools we need to absorb them. Ultimately, this is why we need healthy fats in our diet.


Antioxidants - Although these are the main benefits, there are also some smaller facts to consider such as the antioxidants they hold. In avocados, you will find Zeaxanthin and Lutein which are both incredibly useful for our eyesight. When our bodies have these antioxidants in ample supply, the risk of cataracts reduces as well as macular degeneration.


Prevention of Cancer - Whenever these three words are uttered, it can bring skepticism and we also have to be careful with the statements we make but there is a proven prevention of prostate cancer cell growth with avocados. Furthermore, they can also reduce the side effects seen during chemotherapy and other radiation treatments. Of course, we should note that the studies on this were completed on isolated cells so the results could be different for a living person but the signs are positive at least.


Overall Health - To finish, we should point out that those who eat avocados are generally much healthier than those who do not. Not only did they have a higher intake of nutrients, they generally weighed less, had more HDL cholesterol, and a lower BMI. Again, we cannot say for certain that the two are linked but there is tremendous evidence to suggest that it is more than just a coincidence!


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