Avocado Nutritional Benefits

Avocado is considered as by many nutritional experts to be a perfect food. It is a superfood with amazing benefits for your health as it helps to lose weight, improve your skin and lower your risk of many life-threatening diseases.
Surprisingly, avocado is not really a vegetable, it’s a fruit. In areas south of the border, it’s often called the alligator pear because of its shape and dark green roughly textured skin. Even though, avocado is heavy in calories, those are nutrient dense calories. And the fats are heart healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3. And here’s why it’s worth eating more of this extremely healthy fruit.
Avocado Nutrition Label:
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Avocado’s Health Benefits:

1. Cardiovascular Health

Coronary heart disease is still the biggest killer in the UK and is essentially a disease of inflammation. They advise lowering our intake of polyunsaturated fats and increasing the amount of monounsaturated fatty acids in our diet. Avocados also contain a rich variety of heart nutrients including vitamin E for preventing cholesterol oxidization; folate for reducing

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dangerous homocystenine levels in the blood; potassium for regulating blood pressure; phytosterols for reducing cholesterol absorption; dietary fibre to control blood sugar levels; and provides protection against heart diseases. Studies have shown that oleic acid improves cardiovascular health. Oleic acid is the primary fatty acid in avocado.

2. Skin benefits

The monounsaturated fats in avocado are also beneficial for improving your skin tone. They are vital for maintaining good moisture levels in the epidermal layer of your skin that make it look and feel soft and healthy. Omega-9 fats can additionally help reduce skin redness and irritation and are involved in repairing damaged skin cells. Avocado also helps to protect your skin from wrinkles, and signs of aging with antioxidant carotenoids; vitamin E which helps guard against photo-aging from sun exposure; and vitamin C which is involved in the creation of elastin and collagen for maintaining your skin’s elasticity and firmness.

3. Cancer

Avocado is rich in carotenoids and tocopherols, inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells and protect your heart. This fruit also contains the highest amount of lutein among commonly eaten fruits. This superfood will help combat oral cancer as well.

4. Weight loss

Avocado is high contain of monounsaturated fats that will actually help you burn fat and help build muscle. Healthy fats are essential to a diet and this is one source to acquire them from. However research has shown that monounsaturated fatty acids are more likely to be used as slow burning energy than stored as body fat. This slow burning energy and the feeling of satiety or satisfied fullness that you get from eating an avocado is one of the reasons they are known for reducing hunger and appetite.

5. Blood pressure

Avocado’s monounsaturated fats can prevent or reverse insulin resistance, a source of type 2 diabetes. The high soluble fiber of avocado helps to regulate circulation throughout your body and maintain proper blood pressure.

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