Are you fond of eating avocados? If you aren’t, then maybe you will be after reading this article. Avocados can be eaten in different ways and they still have the same benefits. In fact, eating avocados can lead to living a longer life – and a healthier one at that! Avocados are a great source of potassium, lutein, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Here are some health reasons as to why you should increase your avocado consumption:
It absorbs other nutrients.
Avocado, having a high fat content, makes it easier to absorb fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Adding avocado to any vegetable-dense meals will help you get all of the vitamins of the food you’re eating. Without fat in your diet, your body will not be able to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in your meals.
It helps ease symptoms of arthritis.
Avocados contain carotenoid antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, phytosterols, and polyhydroxolated fatty alcohols which make the fruit a great anti-inflammatory agent. Medical experts believe that avocados can help with arthritis and osteoarthritis-related pain through avocado soybean unsaponifiables (ASU). This is an extract that is made from 1/3 avocado oil and 2/3 soybean oil. ASU blocks pro-inflammatory chemicals, inhibits the breakdown of cartilage and may help regenerate normal connective tissue. ASU is regularly used in Europe to treat osteoarthritis.
It lowers cholesterol levels.
Avocados are filled with ‘good’ fats, especially monounsaturated fat, which helps in lowering bad cholesterol. Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol – a compound known for lowering blood cholesterol levels. A 1996 study found that patients with high cholesterol who added avocados to their diet for a week had a 22% decrease in bad cholesterol and triglycerides. They also had an 11% increase in good cholesterol.
It reduces risk of certain cancers.
Avocados have a mix of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics, thus, they are able to combat certain cancers including skin, mouth and prostate. The phytochemicals in this fruit encourage cancer cells to stop growing and die out. Avocado consumption also proves to be beneficial during chemotherapy. Since this fruit contains both vitamin E and glutathione, and chemotherapy reduces the supply of glutathione, it can get that antioxidant back into your system.
It promotes weight loss.
Avocado is also rich in fiber so when you use it in your diet, you would feel full faster and longer. 75% of the fat in avocado is unsaturated, making it a great substitute for foods high in saturated fat. The oleic acid, one of the unsaturated fatty acids, also helps to activate the satiety centre in your brain, making you feel full.