Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Avocado



Avocados are considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet because they contain in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K,
copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. In fact, you would need to eat two or three bananas to obtain the potassium content of one avocado. Avocados also contain fibre, protein and beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein, which help protect against various diseases and illness. Avocado contains vitamin B6 and folic acid, which help regulate homocysteine levels. High level of homocysteine is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.  Avocados are rich in a compound called beta-sitosterol which has been shown to be effective in lowering blood cholesterol levels. According to a study, patients with mild hypercholesterolemia who included avocados in their diet for 7 days had 17 percent decrease in total blood cholesterol levels, a 22 percent decrease in both LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels, and a 11 percent increase in HDL (good cholesterol) levels. Phytonutrient compound found in avocados, such as polyphenols and flavonoids have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, thereby reducing the risk of inflammatory and degenerative disorders.  Avocado is an excellent source of carotenoid lutein, which known to help protect against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.  The monounsaturated (good) fats in avocados can reverse insulin resistance, which helping to regulate the blood sugar levels. Avocados also contain more soluble fiber, which keep a steady blood sugar levels. Many studies have shown that avocado can inhibit the growth of prostate cancer. The oleic acid in avocado is also effective in preventing breast cancer. Avocados contain glutathione, a powerful antioxidants to helps fight free radicals in the body. Avocados are one of the best natural mouth wash and bad breath remedies. It is cleanses the intestine which is the real cause of coated tongue and this unpleasant condition. Avocado intake is linked with increased nutrient absorption. A study suggests that, when participants ate salad which included avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes beta carotene and lycopene) than those who do not include avocados.  If you can only afford to buy one fruit, make it avocado.  Also, we usually recommend you by certified organic fruits and vegetables.  Avocados don't need to be organic because their tough skin helps protect them from pesticide, so there is little need to buy organic ones.  In a recent study, participants had their peripheral blood flow checked, then ate a hamburger.  Those who ate half an avocado after the hamburger saw no decrease in peripheral blood flow, while those who ate the hamburger alone did. 


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