Benefits of avocados

By 31/07/2018 September 11th, 2018 Nutrition

Apart from forming part of countless salad recipes, avocados are also famous for their nutrient-dense value.

Have you ever asked yourself exactly what the benefits of avocados are? Read on and find out more about this important information.

Helps maintain good eyesight

If you want to maintain good eyesight, eat avocados! Thanks to a carotenoid called lutein, avocado absorbs ultraviolet rays from the sun, preventing these from damaging the retina. The acids on the pulp also protect the eyes from degeneration and cataracts.

The avocado fruit contains the benefits of Vitamin E 

Avocados are a great source of vitamin E. When you consume this vitamin regularly, the body is fully equipped to fight disease. In addition, Vitamin E also revitalises the skin making it soft and supple thanks to its antioxidant properties. Isn’t that marvellous? 

Avocados contribute to good heart health

A portion of this delicious fruit contains a fairly high percentage of folic acid (23%). Folic acid is a vitamin found in green leafy vegetables and its role is to restore overall health.

Taking folic acid is recommended during pregnancy, since it helps with the healthy development of the foetus and can prevent possible birth defects. The healthy oil in avocados, together with vitamin E are good for the heart. 

Helps lower cholesterol 

Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to keep cholesterol levels low.  Avocados contain monounsaturated fat (healthy fat), which reduces LDL cholesterol which is harmful to the body. 

Salud oral general

Do you like to look after your smile? Then you should know that avocados can help you to maintain a wonderful smile since the fruit’s compounds help find and destroy precancerous oral cells without affecting other healthy cells. 

Enhances absorption of nutrients

Eating avocados ensures that your body is absorbing certain nutrients. Carotenoids in other fruits and vegetables are absorbed more efficiently when you eat avocados. In some studies, researchers found that a person that consumes avocados, the absorption of carotenoids is 5 times more effective than someone that does not eat avocados. 

It adds a unique and special flavour to your salads

Some people may not like this fruit, but those that do will know that avocados give salads and other dishes – and even some green drinks – a special flavour. 

Repairs damaged hair

This is perhaps one of the most popular benefits of the avocado. It repairs dull, dry hair, due to the large number of vitamins and fat you consume from eating it.

Now you know more about the important benefits of avocados, what are you waiting for to start enjoying them? Add avocado to your diet and make the most of its full potential!