From salads to smoothies, brownies to wraps, avocados are climbing the charts to become the most popular superfood there is. Packed with goodness of vitamins & minerals that include potassium, lutein and folate, avocados are rich in vitamins C and E. Low in carb content, high in fibre, they are a perfect food for those who are weight conscious. They are the only fruit that has the MUFA (Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids) that help in controlling cholesterol. Nutritionists swear by avocados and so do those who eat it.
Here are some health benefits of avocados that will inspire you to add more avocados to your diet:
Good for your heart - Avocados are rich in Potassium which helps relax the blood vessels going to and fro from the heart. They are also rich in Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA) which helps in reducing/controlling cholesterol. In today’s busy lifestyle, diseases related to one’s heart are becoming increasingly common. High cholesterol, BP, stroke, etc. has been known to cause a lot of untimely deaths. Avocados are known to reduce the risk of heart diseases. They can significantly lessen total cholesterol, lower blood triglyceride by up to 20%. A low-fat, vegetarian diet further enhances its effectiveness.
Good for Skin & Hair – The carotenoids present in avocados combat ultraviolet-induced inflammation. They also help with sunburns. Avocados are also used extensively in skin and hair masks and are part of many cosmetics because of their skin and hair nourishing properties. Those who do consume avocados regularly don’t develop wrinkles, age spots until much later in life.
Helps with Weight Management - Avocados are high in fat and fibres but have low carbohydrate content. The fat content in this fruit tends to scare off many people but the whole point of the fruit is that this is good fat - fat that reduces cholesterol levels in the body. Having avocados in moderation is excellent for the body and paired with a regular work out regime, it proves to be extremely beneficial.
Better Eyesight - Avocados are very rich in Zeaxanthin and Lutein that are carotenoids that protect our eyes against various diseases like the macular degeneration, cataracts, and many more. The free radicals present in the environment are mainly responsible for causing us eye damage. The anti-oxidative properties of these carotenoids neutralize the harmful effects of theirs.
Fight Cancer –
Avocados also have a lot of properties that fight cancer. They have been known to lower the risk of prostate as well as breast cancer. Avocados have a high amount of antioxidants that fight free radicals and inflammation which cause damage to our bodies. Free radicals are responsible for causing different cancers.
These were just 5 of the several benefits you can get from the incredible superfood, avocado. This fruit has yet to become more popular and available as largely in India as it does in a few other countries. The consumption of avocados can only do one good, so do try out this fruit if you haven’t already. Incorporating this into your daily diet is super simple and easy to do.
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