Use them in any way – avocados can only do you good. It is the high content of Omega3 fatty acids besides a ton of every other imaginable nutrient found in them that makes these creamy pale green fruits rule the roost of super foods. Take a look at 10 reasons why including avocados in your life is a great idea.
The oils found in avocados are one of the main reasons why they are so good for your skin. Eat it just like that, incorporate it in a recipe or use the pulp as a face mask – avocados in any form are sure to give you a host of health benefits. Prevents breakouts, acts as a natural sunscreen, clears blemishes and scars, cures psoriasis and other skin diseases, reduces wrinkles and keeps the skin hydrated.
Avocados actually do what all hair care products claim to – right from conditioning, taking care of split ends, promoting hair growth, reducing hair loss and keeping the scalp well moisturized – avocados are the secret to luscious strong locks. Use it as a hair pack at least once a week and include it regularly in your diet and see the difference yourself.
They are one of the few foods which promise you a high fat content (all of which is good fat) and literally no cholesterol. Avocados are loaded with good mono saturated fatty acids which breakdown easily to produce energy, increase HDL (good cholesterol) and decrease LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the body.
Avocados contain folate and Vitamin B 6 - responsible to manage the levels of Homocysteine – an amino acid, an increase in which is closely linked to heart diseases. This one point makes avocados the best things you can eat to keep your heart healthy and happy.
Avocados have a low glycemic index and high potassium content which helps keep blood sugar and blood pressure levels in check. They contain 485 mg of potassium per 100 grams which is a little more than even bananas have. Plus they are completely sodium free!
Rich in Vitamin B and folic acid – avocados are recommended for women both before and during pregnancy because the nutrients help prevent neurological birth defects in children. They are also a great way to get rid of morning sickness. They also improve absorption of nutrients from food to provide to the mother and unborn child.
Vitamin C, carotenoids and antioxidant present in avocados help ease the stress you put on your eyes. This makes sure you steer clear of age related eye problems like macular degeneration and cataracts.
The anti-inflammatory properties of avocados can be attributed to the high concentration of Vitamin E & C, polyphenols and flavonoids in them which work along with the antioxidants to reduce arthritic pain, inflammatory and degenerative disorders. Avocado oil is considered beneficial to improve mobility in limbs.
They are high in fibre, low in carbs and loaded with good types of fat which actually help increase metabolism in the body – this is enough reason why avocados aid weight loss. Besides this they also prevent over eating by satiating hunger pangs.
The anti-oxidants, phytochemicals and mono saturated fatty acids in avocados come to the rescue yet again, this time to fight certain types of cancer like breast, prostate and colon cancer. Avocados are also known to reduce the stress that chemotherapy causes on body cells.
Here are 3 of our favourite healthy ways to use avocados!
Berry Avocado Smoothie – One glass of this smoothie will give you more antioxidants and nutrients than most full meals would. Fresh berries, avocados and kiwis blended with coconut milk and pineapple juice – it makes the perfect start to a day.
Avocado Tartine –Get over the usual suspects like mayo and peanut butter and try using avocados as a spread instead. Try out this recipe of a spicy avocado and tahini spread that takes plain old multigrain bread to another level.
Avocado Ice Cream – Who says healthy things can’t be indulgent? Blended with dark chocolate, fresh cream and a hint of sugar - this Avocado ice cream is the perfect way to have your cake and eat it too!
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