More than 10 Reasons to Eat More Avocados

Paradoxically, this fruit has a lot of properties, but isn’t as popular as others like apples or oranges.  Since they contain a lot of fat, many people believe they aren’t good for losing weight or for athletic diets.  But in the following article, you are going to learn more about avocado’s benefits for your life and end up wanting to eat more avocados from now on.

One fruit, lots of properties

In the first place, we need to point out that the fat contained in avocados is not harmful like some people often think.  Avocados are one of the best fruits that athletes can consume because they provide a lot of energy, and promote better workouts.

But they’re good for much more than your workout.  They’re also good for people who work in an office, children, elderly people, pregnant women, and everyone in general.  Avocados help improve cholesterol levels while simultaneously stabilizing cardiac rhythm (which is why it is said to be good for athletes).  One avocado contains monounsaturated fats, oleic acid, and alpha-linoleic acid (commonly know as Omega-3 fatty acids).

avocado2Avocados help growth and muscle mass recovery because they contain a good amount of proteins, potassium and zinc; more so than bananas.  Their “good” fats naturally improve testosterone levels.

They also reduce joint Inflammation (recommended for arthritis) and help repair cartilage, thanks to their essential fatty acids and E group vitamins.  They will keep you feeling satiated longer because of their soluble and insoluble fiber.  They slow carbohydrate decomposition.  Their large amount of oleic acid activates cerebral areas that produce the sensation of feeling “satisfied”.

And if that weren’t enough, avocados improve the immune system, thanks to their high carotenoid content.  Lutein, another component in avocados, acts as an antioxidant and protects against sight illnesses.  The good thing about this fruit is that is can be eaten raw in a salad, with vegetables, alone, with toast, etc.

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As said earlier, they’re good for pregnant women because they prevent illness in both the baby and the mother, especially with family history.  Because they are rich in folic acid, they are a vital supplement for this period in a woman’s life, to prevent having to consume medications or chemicals.  If you want to become pregnant, do not hesitate in eating avocado, so as to prepare your body and health.




Patients that suffer from high cholesterol can take advantage of this fruit’s delicious benefits for reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and increasing HDL (the good kind).  This is undoubtedly important for preventing cardiovascular problems, like a Stroke, which are becoming more and more common.

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Avocados also have good aesthetic effects, preventing skin aging and protecting hair.  So you can add it to your list of allies for making you look prettier and younger.  Apply it to your face as a mask to improve sunburns, and also for lessening wrinkles.

Thanks to their creamy consistency, they can be used as a butter or mayonnaise replacement.  They’re a good idea for making cakes, banana bread, brownies, sandwiches, toast for a snack, salad dressing ,etc.

In traditional medicine, avocados are endowed with several properties, but most especially, aphrodisiac and anti-Diarrhea properties.  For these cases, the seeds, leaves, and even the skin can be used.  But these aren’t the only uses; they can also alleviate dysentery and prevent baldness.

And the seed?

In addition to the meat, you can also eat other parts in an avocado, like the seed.  Although it might seem a bit strange to you since it’s so because, you can grind it and use it in different concoctions, either raw or cooked.  They can be used in several different ways.

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The vast majority of this fruit’s amino acids are found in the seed.  The oil can reduce cholesterol and protect the body from cardiovascular diseases or heart attacks.  Studies have shown that it has more soluble fiber than any other food on Earth.  It is also an excellent ally for fighting diarrhea or inflammation in the intestinal tract.  In several countries, it is used to treat digestive infections or problems.

Avocado seeds contain phenolic compounds that help prevent intestinal ulcers as well as bacterial or viral infections.  Because they contain flavonol, they prevent tumor growth.  They can also be used to strengthen the immune system and prevent debilitating illnesses, like premature aging.  People that suffer from Arthritis and other similar pains have found that avocado seed helps with their pain.  Avocado oil provides the greatest of shine to hair, and will also help cure and treat dandruff.  It also has a rejuvenating effect, increasing skin collagen for a firmer, more wrinkle-free appearance.

Grating, toasting and drinking avocado seeds as a tea controls asthma attacks and according to QiGong medicine, it helps one to feel harmonious and energetic.  Avocado seeds can be consumed dry, grated, toasted, roasted in salads, infusions, shakes, smoothies, or by themselves (although they have a slightly bitter taste).

So, do you want to eat more avocados now?

Photos courtesy of Javier Lastra, Joselu Blanco, Jaanus Silla, Luca Nebuloni and Harmony Rae.