Avocados are an amazing superfruit! And yes, that’s right, avocados are indeed a fruit, but are often mistaken as a vegetable, much like a tomato is. Avocados are healthy, nutritious, and a great addition to meals, salads, soups, smoothies, and even by themselves as a healthy snack! But what exactly are some of the benefits of eating avocados?
High Amounts of Glutathione
Avocados are reported to contain high amounts of glutathione. Glutathione is essential to the bod and is found naturally occurring in every cell. Glutathione is a powerful antioxident thathelps the body neutralize free radicals that may cause harm. Individuals who are sick, suffering from AIDS, or cancer, often show depleted glucathione in their cells and benefit from supplementing their diets with glucathione.
Avocados contain oleic acid (a monosaturated fatty acid found naturally in many plant souces and plant derived products, such as olive oil). Many studies have suggested that oleic acid plays a role in the prevention of breast cancer
Avocados contain high amounts of beta-sitosterol, a compound that in many studies has been shown to reduce cholesterol. In one study, participants consumed avocados for only a week and showed an average cholesterol drop of 17%! Avocados are high in fat, however, they are high in the “good” fats, which helps control and even reduce cholesterol levels. The fats found in avocados and in a cupcake are not comparable, or the same in any way!
High in Vitamin E
Avocados are an excellent source of Vitamin E, a vitamin that helps protect against many diseases, maintains overall health, and promotes healthy skin.
Better Nutrient Absorption
Recent studies have shown that when individuals consumed salads with avocado, they absorbed up to five times more caratenoids than individuals who consumed a salad without avocado. Caretenoids are a group of nutrients that includes the nutrient beta carotene. Beta careotene helps prevent damage from free radicals, helps maintain reproductive and immune function, as well as provides vitamin A.
Heart Disease Prevention
Just a cup of avocado contains 23% of the daily recommended amount of folate, a nutrient attributed to the lower amount of heart disease in those who consume it regularly.
Avocados contain more carotenoid lutein than any other fruit commonly found in the markets. These carotenoid luteins are essential for healthy eyes from cataracts, and degeneration as a person ages.
Avocados contain a great deal of healthy nutrients, and have many benefits to their consumption. So the next time you need a healthy boost, consider a bowl of cool avocado soup, some guacamole, or even just a plain avocado, lightly sprinkled with salt.