The Many Avocado Health Benefits


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A staple in Mexican and Southwestern cuisine, and finally being recognized for its incredible health benefits despite its rather high (for a fruit) calorie count, the avocado is not only delicious and versatile, but also beneficial to your health and is considered an alkaline food. Rich in healthy monounsaturated fat, the avocado benefits include high in alkalizing minerals such as potassium and other nutrients such as folate, and lutein, and this combination can do wonders for your body, including:

  • Improve your vision. The lutein and other antioxidants found in avocados can help to prevent macular degeneration, maintaining and improving your vision even as you age.
  • Regulate blood pressure and lower cholesterol. The massive amount of alkalizing potassium in avocado (1,000 mg per cup) coupled with the folate can help to lower blood pressure, thus reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks. The healthy fats in avocados can reduce bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol.
  • Reduce your risk of cancer. The antioxidants in avocados can reduce your risk of oral, prostate, and breast cancer by inhibiting the growth of precancerous cells into tumors.
  • Improve the efficiency of other fruits and vegetables. In many cases, the nutrients in fruits and vegetables are only readily absorbed if combined with a fat. And avocados are perfect for just that, improving your absorption of carotenoids, lycopene, and beta-carotene.

While perfect mashed up as a dip or added to a sandwich or salad, there are also several other ways to incorporate this amazing fruit into your daily diet. Remove the pit, add a raw egg and bake until set for a quick, nutritious breakfast. Use it in lieu of yogurt in savory smoothies, or just serve it as a side dish, sliced and sprinkled with a bit of sea salt. Creamy and delicious, you can certainly do a lot!