Benefits Of Avocado: 11 More Reasons To Love The Fruit

   |  Updated: April 20, 2018 12:12 IST

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Benefits Of Avocado: 11 More Reasons To Love The Fruit
It is creamy, it is rich and it is earthy; avocados are our favourite picks when it comes to dips, desserts and salads. Also called the 'makkhan fal' in India, avocados have a high-fat content and is yet considered as one of the healthiest fruits you can add to your diet. Yes you heard us, this 'fatty' fruit can in fact even aid weight loss. This is because avocados are loaded with good monounstaurated oils (MUFA), that do not pile up calories, instead, they help lubricate joints and lower blood pressure. Boasting of some 20 minerals and vitamins, avocados are one of the most nutritious fruits known to mankind. In fact, its high nutritive profile has also earned the fruit the title of 'The Olive Oil Of The Americas". Here are some more benefits of avocados you may not have known. 

Avocado Health Benefits

 
1. Anti-inflammatory properties

Avocados are rich in anti-inflammatory properties, which help relieve arthritis pain. It is also a source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help lubricate joints and further relieve joint pains. According to the book 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing, "The fats of this fruit are unique. They include phytosterols, plant hormones such as campesterol, beta-sitosterol, and stigmasterol, that help keep inflammation under control. It also contains polyhydroxylated fatty acids (PFAs), which are anti-inflammatory".  2. Regulates Blood Pressure

Avocados may do wonders in keeping your blood pressure levels in check too. Avocados are good source of potassium and are low in sodium, which helps keep your blood pressure stable. A stable blood pressure helps stave off the risk of heart attack or stroke. 
 
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Avocados help regulate blood pressure

3. Good for heart

In addition to being a healthy bet for blood pressure patients, avocados are also a rich source of antioxidants and monounsaturated fats which help keep the heart healthy and reduce the risk of stroke. Eating avocado can also regulate LDL and HDL cholesterol levels, as well as blood triglycerides.
 
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Avocados are also a rich source of antioxidants and monounsaturated fats 



4. Boosts fertility

According to the book Healing Foods, avocados help in boosting fertility and better the chances at conceiving too. It is also linked to increasing the success of IVF Treatment. 

( Also Read: 5 Creative Ways To Have Avocado)
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Avocados help in boosting fertility and better the chances at conceiving too.


5. Good for eyes

Including avocados in your diet may help improve eyesight. Avocados are loaded with beta-carotene and antioxidants which are beneficial for eyes. They also contain lutein and zeaxanthin; both of these nutrients help maintain good eyesight, night vision and minimise damage from ultraviolet light. The high amount of vitamin A, also helps reduce the risk of macular degeneration that develops with old age. The monounsaturated fatty acids in avocados, help in better absorption of beneficial fat-soluble antioxidants, such as beta-carotene too. 

(Also Read: Here's How You Can Get Rid Of Dry Eyes​)
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Including avocados in your diet may help improve eyesight


6. Good source of folate

Avocados are a good source of folate. Pregnant women must include avocados in their diet as folate helps healthy foetal development. Several studies have also claimed that folate decreases the risk of depression. Folate prevents the build-up of homocysteine. This substance tends to hamper circulation and the delivery path of nutrients to brain.

(Also Read:Folic Acid (Vitamin B9): Importance of This Vitamin and Food Sources of Folate​)
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Avocados are a good source of folate.

 
7. Improved digestion

Having problems with digestion? Try creamy and fleshy avocados. Avocados are loaded with fibres that may help prevent constipation, boost digestion and colon health. Fibre adds bulk to the stool, which facilitates bowel regularity, thereby enhancing digestion. 
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avocados are loaded with fibres that may help prevent constipation

 8. Powerhouse of nutrients

 
Avocado is a powerhouse of many essential nutrients and minerals. It is rich in vitamin K, B5, B6, B3, E and C. They are also dense in potassium, folate, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc and phosphorous. 

 9. Avocado benefits for weight loss

The high-fibre content present in avocado could help make you shed a pound or two as well. 100 grams of avocado has 7 grams of fibre. Fibre takes the longest to digest. It induces the feeling of fullness, which prevents you from bingeing later. Avocados are very low on carbs too, which also promotes weight loss. 

(Also Read: 5 Morning Rituals for Weight Loss)
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The high-fibre content present in avocado could help make you shed a pound or two as well.


10: Helps absorb nutrients

Avocados ensure better consumption of nutrients from plant source foods. There are several nutrients which are fat-soluble. This means that they need to combine with fats for them to be utilized by the body. Vitamin A, D, E and K are some plant nutrients that are better absorbed with avocado. 

11. Keep The Skin Healthy

Avocados are rich in vitamin C (amounting to 17 percent recommended daily intake) and vitamin E (amounting to 17 percent recommended daily intake), both of which are essential in keeping the skin healthy and glowing.
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Avocados are rich in vitamin C (amounting to 17 percent recommended daily intake)

 

Think avocado, and the first thing that comes to our minds is the Mexican dip guacamole. The delicious dip made of mashed avocado and herbs, is one of the healthier swaps to the greasy barbeque dips. There are number of other ways in which you can use the versatile fruit. Throw them up in salads, or whip them up in delicious lassi. You can also purchase avocado oils, and put them to use instead of the fattening refined oil. Avocado oil is pressed from the flesh of avocado, and is renowned for its ability to protect heart and fight free radical damage. So what are you waiting for? Here are 11 more reasons to make the creamy food a part of your daily diet today. 



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