10 Health Benefits That Come From Eating Avocado
By Barun K.
There are several fruits and vegetables that provide vitamins and nutrition, that we are aware of, and then there is the “avocado”. Avocado is one of the rarest fruits that you can find, when you consider the typical health benefits from a fruit.
Well, it does have more fat content, as compared to the carbohydrate content, as in other fruits. But the benefits that you get from eating an avocado, are truly incredible.
Here are some health benefits that come from eating Avocado:
1. Adds high nutritional value to your health
Avocado is one of the most nutritious fruits that you have ever eaten.
It contains all the important vitamins and minerals required by our body, including Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. In terms of minerals, it has Potassium, Magnesium, and Iron, to name a few.
Also known as Persea Americana, the fruit has gained its popularity due to the nutrient value it adds to your health. Not only this, but people also love to add avocado to their meals, giving it a different flavour.
Avocado is often referred to as a super food because of the health benefits the fruit has to offer.
2. Can act as a weight loss tool
People are aware of the fact that avocado is known to have a high fat content and calorie content. Despite this fact, it is always recommended as a weight loss tool.
Avocados do have fats in them, but the percentage of monounsaturated fats in them is higher than saturated fats. The monounsaturated fats, or oleic acid, are used as slow-burning energy, unlike stored body fats. Moreover, you are likely to eat less when your stomach already feels full.
So, the slow energy burning and the feeling of being full, that an avocado promotes has played a major part in reducing hunger.
Starving or limiting fat intake as a weight loss measure has failed miserably. Avocado doesn’t need you to starve to lose weight, but it helps to burn fat at a slower rate.
Also, you cannot deny the nutrient content that comes with one piece of avocado.
3. It helps you to stabilize blood sugar levels
Avocados, as discussed above, are filled with monosaturated fat; this does work to slow down digestion. This also prevents arise in blood sugar level after a meal.
Monosaturated fats (good fats) also effectively act as a reverse insulin resistant, which provides a stable blood sugar level for a steady period of time.
Also, the low sugar content in the avocado adds to the fact that they do not raise up the blood sugar level in our body.
4. Lowers your cholesterol level
Avocado is considered a superfood, remember; one of the major reasons behind this is the lack of cholesterol and sodium in the fruit.
Also, the high content of monounsaturated fats in the fruit, or the oleic acids, work to reduce the cholesterol levels in our body.
Studies suggest that avocado works effectively to reduce LDL cholesterol, and also increases the level of HDL cholesterol (good for your health) by a significant percentage.
5. Effective against cancer
Known to be nutritious, avocado is also a known source of antioxidant carotenoids, which includes alpha-carotene, beta-carotene,lutein and so on. These antioxidants are known as the first line of defense for our cells against free radical damage, which protects us from various diseases, including some cancers.
Avocado consists of a lot of vitamins, that are essential to our bodies. Vitamin C and Vitamin E make up the majority of the vitamin content in the fruit. Both of these vitamins act as anti-cancer antioxidants.
Where Vitamin C is an essential element against cancers like pancreatic, stomach or lung cancer, Vitamin E is known to reduce breast cancer in women.
Vitamins are more effective when they come from fruit instead of supplements; this makes avocado one of the healthiest fruits.
6. Prevents heart problems
Avocado also helps you to fight heart problems. The major cause of heart problems is an increased level of cholesterol in our body.
Increased fats definitely play an important part in rising cholesterol levels. Avocado has high a fat content, but the majority of the fats are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats that help to reduce the level of cholesterol in the body.
You are likely to have fewer heart problems when you have less cholesterol built up in your body. Along with that, avocado also has an important vitamin: Folate, or Vitamin B9.
The cholesterol-lowering property of avocado, combined with Folate, helps to keep your heart healthy.
7. Works against rising blood pressure (high potassium content)
Potassium is something that individuals do not pay enough attention to. However, potassium is an essential nutrient, as it helps in the maintenance of electrical paths between body cells, along with performing several other functions.
Foods like avocado help you to gain a lot of potassium in your body, which in this case, is enough to hit your daily requirement.
What you need to know is that potassium intake is very important, as it reduces blood pressure, which also reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Avocado is a must when you have blood pressure problems; it can act as an immediate remedy.
8. Benefits your skin tone(Makes you beautiful)
You might want to add avocado to your weight loss plan, if you are a woman. Along with all the enriching nutrients that you get from avocado, it also helps you to maintain healthy skin. Suppose you have dry skin or damaged skin; avocado can be the right solution.
Very often, avocado is added as a key ingredient to various cosmetics, because of its ability to nourish skin with its vitamins and make it glow.
Nutrient-filled avocado is also filled with Beta Carotene and Lycopene, which are effective in improving your skin tone.
Both of these compounds also help you to fight skin diseases and eliminate signs of skin aging, too.
9. Avocado is a must during pregnancy
Avocado is a needed snack for women, before and during pregnancy.
First, it can help you to get rid of morning sickness, which is common during pregnancy. It increases the Vitamin B6 content of your body, which is responsible for the dizziness and vomiting.
The more important aspect of eating avocado during pregnancy is to prevent a deficiency of Vitamin K. When they give birth to a child, Many women have undergone bleeding disorder due to lack of Vitamin K, which helps the blood to clot. This is an obvious risk for a new born child and the mother.
Therefore, it is important to add avocado to a pregnant woman’s diet.
Avocado is a fruit that provides you with very high amount of Vitamin K, so it is a must. Also, the nutrients that the avocado has, apart from Vitamin K, help the child to get rid of many hormonal diseases, too.
10. Works on your overall health
Studies show that avocado is the reason behind a better diet and nutrient intake of individuals. It has also been found that people who inclue Avocado in their diet have higher intake of vitamins, which include Vitamins C, E and K, along with an increased mineral content of potassium, magnesium and so on.
Avocado also provides you with healthy fats and decreases the overall intake of sugar. Not only does your nutritional consumption increase with avocado, but it also helps to reduce body weight, BMI and even waist circumference. Eating avocado helps you to lose weight without being hungry.
Avocado is known to be the healthiest fruit of all, because of the reasons mentioned above and many more.
Avocado can be best served as guacamole, by mashing it up, or you can also prepare a salad and enjoy a healthy meal.