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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Amazing Health Benefits Of Avocado

The avocado (Biological name: Persea americana) is a native to Central Mexico, belonging to family Lauraceae. It is an egg-shaped, green-skinned fruit. They are epidemically found and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates.

Also known as Alligator Pear, Avocado fruit is generally pale to rich-yellow with bland taste. It has single seed, oblate or conical in shape and ivory in color. Few fruits are seedless. This fruit have enormous nutritional value and is treated as best diet for babies. Traditionally used for treating several health and skincare problems besides being consumed as a food.


Avocados have high nutritional value. Its calorific value is 160 per 100 grams of Avocados. Its components include:

  • Vitamins : vitamin B (vitamin B1, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Biotin, Choline, Folate, Pantothenic Acid), vitamin C, vitamin , vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K
  • Carbohydrate: Fibre, Monosaccharides, Disaccharides
  • Proteins
  • Minerals
  • Phytosterols: beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, and campesterol
  • Carotenoids: beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, neochrome, neoxanthin, chrysanthemaxanthin, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and violaxanthin
  • Flavonoids: epicatechin and epigallocatechin 3-0-gallate
  • Fatty Acids: Alpha-linolenic acid an omega-3 fatty acid, Omega-6 Fatty Acids and oleic acid

 List of Avocado’s health benefits is vast and below we summarized its uses and effects on various organs:


Avocados contains highest amount of carotenoids, tocopherols and oleic acid involved in termination of cancerous growth. Research studies have disclosed Avocado as a potent anticancer agent used in the treatment of Prostate, Breast and Oral Cancers.

Phytochemicals extracted from avocado inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Its possible mechanism of action might be attributed by targeting multiple signaling pathways and increasing the amount of reactive oxygen within the cells, leading to cell death in pre-cancerous cell lines.


Avocado comprises monounsaturated-fat which regulates blood glucose levels. Diet with Avocado is must to manage the risk and progression of Diabetes.

Eye health:

Zeaxanthin and lutein in Avocado are promising means of improving eyesight. They keep eye safe from eye diseases such as cataracts and age related macular degeneration.


Avocado is a rich source of linoleic acid and oleic acid that lower cholesterol levels. Additionally, it also contains beta-sitosterol that regulates blood cholesterol level.


Glutathione in Avocados protects your heart. Glutathione, an antioxidant limits lipid peroxidation, protects arterial walls from inflammation thus preventing subsequent cardiovascular diseases.
Avocado oil contains monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, linolenic acid, vitamin B that supports heart and mimics Cardiovascular Health.

Digestive system:

 Incorporate Avocado into your diet to facilitate digestive system functions. It helps preventing diarrhea, constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other symptoms of digestive disorders. Avocado contains minerals, healthy fats, vitamins and fiber that improve digestion and benefit the digestive system.

Glutathione Source:

Avocado improves glutathione levels in your body.  In short glutathione is known as mother of anti-oxidants. It helps in treating eye disorders, ageing, cancers, heart disorders, intestinal disorders and improves immune system.


Vitamin A rich Avocado removes dead cells and keeps skin radiant. Massage regularly with Avocado oil to moisturize your skin. Additionally it contains Vitamin E, and Vitamin C that rejuvenates your skin. You can prepare avocado mask by adding one cup of avocado, Couple tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of lemon juice. Mash the mixture and apply gently to your skin. Avocado also cleanses your skin and minimizes wrinkles. Protects skin from UV radiations, dust and chemicals.


Potassium is an electrolyte that lowers high blood pressure. It increases blood flow in arteries relaxing arterial walls. Avocado rich in Potassium and magnesium serves the purpose of regulating and controlling blood pressure.


Avocado is an anti-inflammatory agent which reduces the risk and progression of Arthritis. Arthritis includes both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The primary symptom of Arthritis is inflammation. Avocado comprises phytosterols that lower the inflammatory activity of immune cells.

Nutrition & Food:

Avocado has great calorific value. It contains vitamins, minerals, Proteins, Carbohydrate etc that strengthens your body and improves your health. Avocado is popularly used as a salad fruit. Added as an important constituent in sandwiches and as a flavor in ice cream. Avocados oil extracts are used in the preparation of sauces, salads, and marinades. Also used to garnish black bean soup.


 Avocado oil is rich in sterolins. Sterolins are glucosides, having both anti-inflammatory and immune modulating properties. Avocado removes toxins from the body and boost up the immune system.


Use of heat appliances and chemicals to your hair, results in brittle, dry and damaged hair. No worries!!! Here you have a perfect remedy to keep your hair healthy, smooth and shiny. Avocado oil rich in source of proteins and vitamins conditions and strengthens your hair.

To one cup of 1 avocado, add one cup of water, one tablespoon of olive oil, one white egg. Stir the mixture well and apply to hair evenly from root to tip. Rinse it after one hour.

You can also try one cup of avocado and two tablespoon of honey. Blend well and apply to hair. Rinse after 30 minutes. You are left with soft and lustrous hair. Repeat this remedy twice in a week for best results.


Pamper yourself with warm Avocado oil and massage gently to your scalp. Cover with a shower cap and wash off after 30 minutes. Avocado reduces dry scalp itchiness and treats dandruff.

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