The avocado fruit--yup it is a fruit and is actually closely related to the banana--is one of the healthiest foods in the world and definitely makes the cut as a "superfood." Commonly found in the cuisine for countries in warm climates, avocados are probably most well known for being the key ingredient in everyone's favorite Super Bowl Sunday dip--guacamole!
However, due to its high levels of folate, monosaturated fats (good fats!), and antioxidants, the avocado has numerous health benefits and incorporating it into your regular diet is key to living a long, healthy life. Below, you can read all of the wonderful health benefits of this delicious fruit.
Avocados are considered to be one of the best "brain-healthy foods" that help with cognition and brain function.
Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
Avocados contain high levels of folate. Folate has been show to prevent brain tangles. Brain tangles are known to contribute to Alzheimer's disease.
The monosaturated fats in avocados are great for heart health because they assist in lowering blood pressure.
The high potassium, omega 3s and oleic acid found in avocados also assists in regulating blood pressure.
The phytonutrient sitosterolo which is found in avocados lowers the bad LDL cholesterol and the triglycerides found in avocados will increase the heart healthy HDL cholesterol.
Avocados are also high in B6 and folic acid which regulate homocystine which can otherwise lead to an unhealthy heart.
Additionally, the Vitamin E and antioxidant gluthathiane which are found in an avocado's oleic acid are good for a healthy heart.
Avocados contain the antioxidant carotenoid leutain which protects the eys from poor vision, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
The avocado is an excellent source of monosaturated fats. Monosaturated fats prevent and reverse insulin resistence which would otherwise lead to Type 2 diabetes.
The high soluble fiber contained in avocados helps to prevent sugar spikes.
Avocados contain enzymes which aide in healthy digestion by reducing inflammation in the stomach and small intestines. This improves the digestive system's ability to absorb carotenoids and nutrients.
Phytonutrients, polyphenols, and flavonoids found in avocados all have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is believed to contribute to a wide range of chronic and acute medical conditions. Anti-inflammatory diets are key to a healthy liefstyle and a healthy body.
Avocados are one of four foods high in glutathine (an antioxidant) which supports the liver and nervous system by replenishing and recycling other antioxidants which are vital to a strong immune system. Additionally, antioxidants are vital to anti-aging both in appearance and health. Therefore, by replenishing all types of antioxidants in the body you are preventing aging.
A diet rich in avocados is said to protects against both breast and prostate cancer.
Avocados are high in folic acid which is key for the development of a fetus' brain and other vital organs.
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