Health conscious consumers once shunned avocados for being too high in fat. These days, avocados have been vindicated. Numerous scientific studies suggest eating avocados as an important part of a healthy diet.
No matter how you slice it avocados are not only delicious, they are exceptionally good for you, too!
Health benefits associated with eating avocados:
A Healthy Heart
- Avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat like that in olive oil, which actually lowers blood cholesterol. Avocados are also rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants and folate, which can help reduce the risk heart disease dramatically.
Breast Cancer Protection
- The monounsaturated fats in avocados, particularly oleic acid, have been shown to offer significant protection against breast cancer. Additionally, avocados are an excellent source of carotenoids such as lutein and antioxidants, such as vitamin E.1
- Avocados contain a higher level of lutein than any other fruit. Studies show that a higher intake of carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which often appear together, is related to a reduced risk of cataracts and age-related eye conditions.2
Prostate Cancer Prevention
- The same phytonutrients in avocados that promote eye health, lutein and zeaxanthin are credited with inhibiting the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Defense against Oral Cancer
- Avocados contain antioxidant compounds shown to kill both and cancerous and pre-cancerous oral cells without harming normal cells.3
Blood Pressure Regulation
- Adequate intake of potassium helps guard against circulatory diseases like high blood pressure. Avocados contain 60 percent more potassium than bananas, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure.4
- Avocados are a good source of potassium, a mineral, which helps regulate blood pressure and guards against high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
- Avocados are loaded with glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals that damage cells and hasten the aging process. The vitamin E in avocados can help to maintain healthy skin.
- Avocados are rich in nutrients such as vitamin E, believed to promote the production of sex hormones that support attraction, mood and desire. Avocados are also high in potassium and vitamin B6, both essential for the production of sex hormones.
- Avocados are rich in fiber, particularly soluble fiber, which helps regulate the body’s use of sugars and lowers blood cholesterol levels. All of which are important for individuals with diabetes.
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