The 7 Little Known Health Benefits of Avocados

Who doesnít love guacamole or avocado toast? Not only are avocados delicious with just about everything, they offer a wide variety of health benefits. While most people are already aware that avocados help boost skin health thanks to their healthy fat content, here are some of my favorite lesser-known health benefits of avocados.

Leukemia Treatment

An exciting study published in the medical journal Cancer Research found that a compound found in avocados, known as avocatin-b, induces the death of leukemia cells. While the research is still in its early stages, there are so many health benefits of avocados it is worth adding more to your diet if youíre suffering with this condition.

Autism Spectrum Benefits

If you or someone you know is on the autism spectrum, you may want to start eating more avocados. Thatís because avocados contain a powerful healing nutrient known as glutathione. Research published in Medical Science Monitor found that glutathione effectively treated the effects of autism-related conditions. The study focused on glutathione supplements but it is still worth enjoying more of these versatile fruits.

Osteoarthritis Pain Alleviator

According to research in the journal Arthroscopy, avocados were found to have positive effects on pain levels in those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knees or hips.

Other Anti-Cancer Benefits

Research in the Journal of Experimental Therapeutics and Oncology found that avocados have several anti-cancer benefits. Not only do they encourage cancer cells to commit suicide, they also directly inhibit cancer cells and their growth.

Anti-Microbial Effects

As antibiotics become increasingly less effective against superbugs, itís good to know that research published in BioMed Research International found that avocados exhibited antimicrobial activity against some bacteria and fungi. Just one more reason to enjoy more avocados.

Heart Health Benefits

Thanks to the presence of vitamin K in avocados, these delightful foods also boost heart health.

Boosts Carotenoid Absorption

When avocados are eaten alongside foods with carotenoids like beta carotene primarily found in orange and green vegetables, they increase the amount of these nutrients absorbed. That means extra eye and skin health benefits for adding avocado to your leafy green salad or with those carrots or squash youíre eating. And, yes, avocados contain some carotenoids but there are other vegetables that offer more of these critical nutrients.

The 7 Little Known Health Benefits of Avocados

How to Add More Avocados to Your Diet

Most people already know how delicious avocados are in guacamole. But, donít let your avocado repertoire stop there. You can also add avocado to your smoothies, salads, dips, sandwiches, wraps and even top soups with slices of avocado. You can blend avocado with cocoa and a sweetener for a delicious and healthy chocolate mousse. They can also be added to other desserts as a cake ingredient (replacing some of the oil or butter in a recipe) or a frosting (simply blend avocado and some icing sugar and cocoa or other flavor to use as a frosting for cakes, cookies, or cupcakes).

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Leanne K
Leanne K17 days ago

I love fresh guacamole, so yum

Leanne K
Leanne K17 days ago

Thanks. I'm eating guacamole and thought id look up the health benefits.

Maria P
Mia P3 months ago

thanks for posting

Frances G
Past Member 3 months ago

Thanks for sharing

Val P
Val P3 months ago


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Paulo R3 months ago


Leo C
Leo C3 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

Richard B
Roger B3 months ago

thank you for posting

David C
David C3 months ago

I do love avocados, but I thought another care2 article said we shouldn't be eating them because of the social and environmental issues behind most of them......unless of course they were CA grown?!?

mac C
mac C3 months ago

Love avocados! Thanks for the post.