THE HEALTH BENEFITS
OF AVOCADOS AND AVOCADO OIL
and avocado oil is gaining a widespread appeal to consumers because
research is documenting its many health benefits. Avocados are
considered the most nutrient-dense foods that we can consume in our
Avocados are rich in:
Monounsaturated fats are considered the good fats in our
Oleic acid is the monounsaturated fats in avocados and avocado oil.
Research has shown that monounsaturated fats help reduce the "bad"
cholesterol LDL and help raise the "good" cholesterol. The
Mediterranean diet is composed of monounsaturated fats which research
has shown to be a healthy lifecycle.
Diets rich in antioxidants are documented to reduce the risk
cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants protect and repair our cells
from being damaged by free radicals.
and Nutrients :
Avocados and avocado oil are high in vitamin A, E, D and
potassium. Vitamin E has shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Additionally, avocado oil is considered excellent for skin care because
of its richness in vitamin E.
An essential nutrients for healthy bones, the cardiovascular
system, (regulation of blood pressure and cardiac rhythms) prevention
of migraines, and prevention of type II diabetes.
Along with peanut butter, cashews, almonds, peas and kidney beans,
avocados are one of the best sources of beta-sitosterol, a so called
phytosterol, from whole foods. Phytosterol is the plant equivalent of
cholesterol in animals. Because beta-sitosterol is so similar to
cholesterol, it competes for absorption with cholesterol in our
bloodstream. Beta-sitosterol also appears to inhibit excessive cell
division, which may play a role in preventing cancer-cell growth. In
both animal and laboratory studies, this phytonutrient helps reduce the
risk of cancer.
Fatty Acid :
Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acid, omega-3 fatty acid
essential to human health. Omega-3's are not manufactured by the body
but in the foods we chose in our diet. Diets rich in Omega-3's are
shown to reduce the risk of inflammation, high cholesterol, heart
disease, blood pressure, diabetes, depression, arthritis and many other
- Lutein :
an antioxidant that research has shown to help maintain good eyesight
as we age.
- Folate :
One cup of avocados contains 23 percent of the daily value for folate.
Various studies have shown a
correlation between diets high in folate
and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
- Fiber :
have the most soluble fiber-the best fiber for lowering cholesterol,
than any other fruit.