According to a recent research, avocado is considered a “super food” because it has many health benefits that include weight management, protection from cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, treating osteoarthritis and enhancing the absorption of nutrients for the body while it reduces risk of cancer, liver damage and Vitamin K deficiency-related bleeding, helps keep the eyes healthy and protect skin from aging and harmful effects of UV rays, helps maintain blood sugar levels and has antioxidant properties.
Health authorities say that avocado is a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, fiber and has low sugar content. It is a good source of energy and contains essential minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc and vitamins such as vitamin C, B6, B-12, A, D, K, E, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.
They also say that con-sumption of avocado leads to improved diet quality and nutrient intake, and lower metabolic syndrome risk.
Avocados are rich in potassium and hence balance the potassium to sodium ratio which is vitally important.
Researches show that avocado is soothing for the intestine and therefore aids in digestion. It contains soluble and insoluble fibers that help to keep digestive system running smoothly.
Avocado is best eaten along with other fruits and vegetables because nutrients present in fruits and vegetables get enhanced when eaten along with avocado. The absorption of carotenoids antioxidant molecules which helps to protect body against free radicals damage increases to almost three to five times when salad is eaten along with avocado.
Avocado is vital for athletes during their training as it pro-vides necessary nutrients for them to maintain good energy levels to fuel their body. Avocado contains phyto-chemicals that is a natural fuel for the body.
Research study suggests that intake of avocado may enhance antiatherogenic properties of HDL which helps in protecting heart from atherosclerosis. Beta-sitosterol found in avocado helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Avocado also has anticancer properties. Avocado contains carotenoids and mono-unsaturated fat which contribute in significant reduction of cancer risk. Avocado contains glutathione, an antioxidant which also protects the cells from cancer.#