Avocados are fruit, packed with a lot of health and beauty benefits. The avocado is a tree from the Americas, it is native to the regions of Mexico to Guatemala.
Properties of an avocado
Avocados have a lot of calories. The recommended serving size is smaller than you’d expect: 1/3 of a medium avocado (50 grams or 1.7 ounces). One ounce has 50 calories.
Avocados are high in fat. But it’s monounsaturated fat, which is a “good” fat that helps lower bad cholesterol, as long as you eat them in moderation.
Avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.
– Vitamins: A,C, E, K
– Antioxidant, fight free radicals
– Proteins, to repair and build body tissues
– Magnesium, crucial for body and brain
– Fibers, best ally for the transit
– Potassium, mineral that help your nerves to function and muscles to contract
Avocado is good for heart, helps to lowers bad cholesterol and also helps stabilizing blood sugar. Eating avocado is great for pregnant women for all the vitamins, magnesium potassium and fibers it contains.
Avocado Health Benefits
- Cancer- The folate you get from avocados may lower your risk of certain cancers, such as prostate and colon cancer. Nutrients in avocados may also treat cancer.
- Arthritis and osteoporosis. Studies on oil extracts from avocados show they can reduce osteoarthritis symptoms. The vitamin K in avocados boosts your bone health by slowing down bone loss and warding off osteoporosis.
- Depression – Research shows a link between depression and low levels of folate. Folate helps block the buildup of a substance called homocysteine in your blood. Homocysteine slows down the flow of nutrients to your brain and ramps up depression. The high levels of folate in avocados may help keep depression symptoms at bay.
- Inflammation- Chronic inflammation can kick off many diseases, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and arthritis. The vitamin E in avocados lowers inflammation in your body.
Different ways to eat an avocado
– Delicious avocado toast with fresh tomatoes, organic eggs (fried or poached) and why not adding a delicious slice of smoked salmon and mozzarella.
– You can also mix it and make a guacamole, with coriander, fresh tomatoes, 1 squeezed lime juice and 1 drop of hot sauce.
– Eating it in a delicious salad is also a good idea you can put in everything you love.
Beauty tips using avocados
-Hydrating avocado hair mask
After shampoo apply mashed avocado directly on your hair, it helps replenishing lustrer and hydrate locks. You can apply to your scalp to support hair growth and help itchiness, dryness or irritation.
-Avocado facial cleanser
A mix between oil cleanser and a face mask
- 1 egg white
- ½ mashed avocado
- 2 tablespoon whole milk
Apply to the face and neck and massage into the skin for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Written by: Anne Redler