START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

10 Health Benefits of This Incredible Superfruit

10 Health Benefits of This Incredible Superfruit

Some people avoid avocados due to their high fat content. Most of us know by now that avocados have the kind of fat that actually help you lose weight!

Avocados are bursting with of other health benefits too, and are so strongly associated with fertility and aphrodisiacs that the Aztecs would lock up virgin daughters during avocado harvest time to keep them safe.  Read the details and check out the infographic below on this Powerfood.

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Or you eat guacamole.” John Rohn

10 Avocado Benefits

1. Nutrient-dense fruit

Yes, they are actually a large berry with one seed. One avocado contains approximately 1/3 of the daily requirement of vitamin K and folate, lots of pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. 

Avocado has twice the potassium of a banana. It also contains vitamin E, niacin, and riboflavin. That is definitely nutrient-dense!

2. A Source of Healthy Fat

They help increase good cholesterol. Avocados are full of fat, but adding avocados to the diet can increase HDL and decrease triglycerides.

3. Help Cure Cancer

The glutathione found in avocados has been found to help prevent some kinds of cancers.

Researchers found extracts from Hass avocados kill or stop the growth of pre-cancerous cells that lead to oral cancer. Avocado extract was found to inhibit prostate cancer.

4. Excellent as a First Baby Food

Dr. William Sears puts it as #1 on the top ten list of fruits for babies because avocado nutrition is well-suited for a baby’s growing development.

5. Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels

Avocado slows digestion which keeps blood sugar from spiking after a meal.

6. Avocados Can Protect Unborn Babies

One avocado provides one third of your recommended daily intake of folate, which helps form a baby’s brain and nervous system. The USDA recommends avocados as one of the best sources for some of the nutrients needed when pregnant.

7. Improve Eyesight

The high amount of lutein and zeaxanthin in avocados can protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration and improve your vision. One ounce of avocado contains 81 micrograms of lutein.

8. Have Low Pesticide Levels

“Avocados were the cleanest: only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.“¯ The thick skin of the avocado protects it from absorbing pesticides.

9. Help With Weight Loss

It was found that those who ate half of a fresh avocado with their lunch had a 40 percent less desire to eat for 3 hours after lunch, and a 28 percent less desire to eat 5 hours after as compared with those who ate lunch with no avocado.

10. Good for Sexual Health and Fertility

They are rich in Vitamin B6 and folic acid which regulate sexual hormone functions. Also, vitamin B6 and potassium boost testosterone production in males. Rich, heart healthy fats keep your heart beating strong making sure that blood is flowing to the right places.

Perhaps those Spanish priests were on to something when they banned their parishioners from eating avocados. Avocados were a fertility fruit for the Aztecs and used as an aphrodisiac by the Mayans. Old folklore mentions the Aztecs would lock up virgin daughters during avocado harvest time to keep them safe from farmers who may be sexually-aroused from eating too many avocados.

 

Bonus: Great for Beauty Treatments

The glutamine amino acid in avocados helps cleanse your skin and offers it enough protection against harsh environmental factors. D-manno-heptulose found in avocados has been shown to boost collagen formation. Their specific amino acids and carotenoid anti-oxidants can help reduce age spots and heal scars and burns.

Check out these simple Avocado Beauty Tips & Recipes.

Avocado Trivia:

  • An avocado can weight from 8 ounces to 3 pounds depending upon the variety.
  • Almost 50 million pounds of avocados are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday in the U.S. Holy guacamole!
  • Avocado pits yield a milky fluid that turns red when exposed to air. The Spanish conquistadors used this ink in documents that are preserved to this day.
  • A postman, Rudolph Hass, patented the Hass avocado tree in 1935. The first Hass avocado tree is still producing.
  • Avocado became known as the ‘alligator pear’ because of its alligator type skin texture and pear shape.
  • Mexico produces the most avocados, California the second most.

Take a look at this avocado infographic, a colorful way to highlight everything the avocado has to offer!

 The Health Benefits of Avocados

Check out these tasty recipes:

Avocado Vegetable Dip

Quinoa Arugula with Avocado Salad

Read more: Food, Health, Vegetarian, , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

113 comments

+ add your own
8:27PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

Thank you :)

8:27PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

Thank you :)

2:42AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

ty

8:14AM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

Thanks! I love avocados and eat them regularly!

8:18PM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

Thank you
makes me love them even more.

6:16AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

Thank you.

12:14AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

avocados are very filling and a wonderful thing to add to one's diet.

8:08PM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

6:25PM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

I love avocados, but isn't there a c2 post from Nov 2013 "the horrifying truth about avocados" (http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-horrifying-truth-about-avocados.html) talking about the "dark and bloody side" of avocados and drug cartels infiltrating the industry.....?????
so if you eat, CA only?!

10:24AM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

I love avocados! Just ate some delicious guacamole. Thanks for the article!

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Thank you for the article.

Well, well, well, well... How coincidental can this be?!? Ebola virus and now bat education. Its pre…

In response to those who don't like green tea, brewing it for only a minute makes all the difference…

CONTACT THE EDITORS



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.