Have you noticed that avocados have an uncanny resemblance to the female womb? Research shows that eating one avocado a week helps balance hormones and prevent cervical cancers. What’s also amazing is that it takes exactly nine 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit! Mind. Blown. Right? Mother Nature has it all covered! Keep reading to find out more amazing benefits.
Nutrients Withinavocado benefits
Avocados are one of the friendliest fats you can consume and reap the many health benefits from. The avocado is jam packed with all kinds of wonderful nutrients that are important for proper function of the body. They are rich in monounsaturated fat which is easily burned up by our body for energy. Bananas are known for containing high amounts of potassium, but did you know that avocados contain more than twice the amount? Avocados are also high in fibre and contain around 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Some of these include vitamin E, B vitamins, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin K.
Importance of Nutrients
Vitamin K is important for healthy bones, tissues, and for blood clotting. Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron, promotes healing, and it is important for skin, connective tissue, and bones. In order to avoid blood clots and widen the arteries we need vitamin E. It also aids in boosting our immune system, and proper function of our cells.
Avocados contain five of the eight B vitamins which includes B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6. Each B vitamin has a different job. B2 works with the other B vitamins and is important for body growth, the production of red blood cells, and releasing the energy stored in carbohydrates. B3 aids the digestive system, nerve function, skin, and converting our food into energy. Another B vitamin that converts carbohydrates is B1 which also plays an important role in the function of our heart, nervous system, and muscles. B5 is used to break down and use food, important for growth, and in the production of cholesterol and hormones. It is important we have B6 which aids in making antibodies to fight disease it also aids in normal nerve function, makes haemoglobin, and helps to keep sugar in a normal range.
Potassium can aid in lowering blood pressure, and may reduce the risk of kidney stones and bone loss. If you feel weak, fatigued, or intolerance to extreme temperatures you could be low in iron. Iron is also important for carrying oxygen through our bodies to cells for the production of energy. Fibre is needed for healthy bowel movements, increases nutrient density, healthy lipids and glucose tolerance. Folic acid aids to produce and maintain new cells, makes DNA, RNA, creates red blood cells, and important for metabolism and maintaining regular levels of amino acids. All this in a simple avocado! Amazing huh?
Scientific Discoveries for Health
The Hass Avocado Board has been supporting research on how avocados may help certain health conditions. The health concerns being focused on are diabetes, weight management, cardiovascular health, and the ability for avocados to aid in better absorption of nutrients. One study conducted by Dr. David Heber M.D. PhD, showed positive results for aiding in cardiovascular health. Another study conducted in 1990 on the effects of avocados on type 2 diabetics showed positive effects on blood lipids. Various studies on weight loss have been conducted utilising avocados in one group and no avocados in another. Due to the fact avocados are considered a fat, the study aimed to find out how it would effect weight loss. The study determined that because avocados are a good fat there was no difference in weight loss between the two groups.
Avocados as a Fat
Avocados are actually made up of 75% good fat with 3 grams of monounsaturated fat and 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat.
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