8 Health Benefits of Avocados
Avocado, one of the oldest fruits known to civilization, contains some of the most vital ingredients for mankind. This green-shaped, fleshy fruit, which is spherical in shape and resembles a pear or an egg, has extremely high nutritional content. Besides water, this fruit contains a fair amount of carbohydrates, fat, dietary fiber, protein, and varying degrees of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc, folate and various essential vitamins. Earlier known as ‘avogato pear’ and later known as ‘alligator pear,’ this fruit is widely grown in a number of countries in the world, which have a tropical or sub-tropical climate. Like banana, the avocado grows on trees, but ripens once it’s been gathered off the trees.
1. Lowers blood cholesterol
A high intake of this fruit, revealed a lowering in LDL– the ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides while at the same time registering an increase in HDL– the ‘good’ cholesterol.
2. Controls blood pressure
The potassium content in avocados helps to control blood pressure.
3. Regulates blood sugar
The fruit also contains mono-unsaturated fats that are capable of reversing insulin resistance, thereby helping the body to regular blood sugar levels. The dietary fiber also helps to sustain an even blood sugar level.
4. Protects from cancer
Studies on animals which were fed with avocado extracts have revealed that avocados can help to prevent cancer of the skin, mouth and prostate gland; and similarly, limited research in human beings is being viewed with hope.